The Dale travel to the Proact Stadium where they take on struggling Chesterfield side 10 points off safety with 7 games to play.
Two games in hand on the teams around gives Rochdale a fantastic opportunity to put huge pressure on sides around them fighting for a place in the playoffs.
Chesterfield on the other hand are fully focused on avoiding relegation to League 2, and a win against Dale is a must for Gary Caldwell’s side.
Chesterfield have yet to win at home since Gary Caldwell arrival in mid January, and have won just 1 of their last 6 games, conceding a worrying 11 goals.
Rochdale have certainly been able to find the back of the net, scoring 13 goals in last 5 games, but also conceded 11 and only picking up 6 points from a possible 15.
The Spireites are doubtful over the availability of Ched Evans and his recovery from an ankle injury, whilst Ian Evatt’s knee injury sees him out of contention.
Dale’s Northern Irishman, Matthew Lund, is unavailable on international duty whilst the likes of Steven Davies and Keith Keane are out with calf injuries.