The Millers are clearly on top, having won 21 and lost only 5 of the 33 games.
The most recent encounter between these two sides at Don Valley Stadium,was less than a year ago, in September 2008, where the two teams cancelled each other out in an enthralling 2-2 draw in a League Two match as the Millers snatched a last gasp point through Reuben Reid's goal.
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|Recent encounters between the teams:|
|2008/2009||Sat 14 Mar||Rochdale||1 - 2||Millers||LGE2|
|2008/2009||Sat 13 Sep||Millers.||2 - 2||Rochdale||LGE2|
|2007/2008||Mon 24 Mar||Rochdale||4 - 1||Millers||LGE2|
|2007/2008||Sat 08 Dec||Millers||2 - 4||Rochdale||LGE2|
|1999/2000||Sat 26 Feb||Rochdale||0 - 1||Millers||LGE2|
|1999/2000||Sat 18 Sep||Millers||0 - 1||Rochdale||LGE2|
|1998/1999||Sat 10 Apr||Rochdale||0 - 0||Millers||LGE2|
Recent respective form guides
The Millers have won three out of their four games this season, scoring just three league goals but adding another two during the impressive Carling Cup win over Derby.
Dale come into the game on the back of a last minute defeat at home to Cheltenham on Tuesday night, whilst the Millers are full of confidence after a comfortable 2-1 win at Grimsby.
Rotherham are looking for their first win against Rochdale on home soil since 1997/98.
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|Current form guides:(including last season)||P||W||D||L||F||A||P|
Team News from both camps...
The Millers should have skipper Ian Sharps available after he limped off with a groin strain at Grimsby. Jamie Green was injured in the same game and his ankle could keep him out with him rated 50/50.
Adam Le Fondre is set to continue upfront against his old club and is partnered by Tom Pope, still looking for his first Millers goal. Kevin Ellison is likely to warm the bench again.
Dale boss Keith Hill has captured former Miller Chris O'Grady on loan from Oldham and he could start in attack or at least figure at some stage. Also making a return is former player Scott Wiseman.
Dangerman Chris Dagnall is one to watch closely for the Millers defence.
|Sequence statistics (including last season):|
|Millers||7 games since last home draw.|
Not drawn a match in their last 8 .
|Rochdale||Not won in previous 7 away matches.|
Last drawn game 4 outings ago.
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MillersMAD prediction ...
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