Rochdale boss Keith Hill could name an unchanged side for the fourth successive match when Colchester visit Spotland.
Hill has fielded the same starting line-up in every game so far this season and has no injuries or suspensions to contend with.
However, summer signing Anthony Elding is pushing for a starting role after he came off the bench to score the winner against Barnsley in the Carling Cup before another instrumental role as a substitute in last weekend`s 2-2 draw at Brighton.
Highly-rated defender Craig Dawson has played every minute so far this season but continues to be linked with a move away from Spotland.
Rochdale have twice turned down transfer requests from the player over the summer following a £400,000 bid from Middlesbrough.