Paul Crarey, the Barrow Raiders coach, wants to use this game to measure his team’s progress in 2015.
“I’m looking forward to the game to see how far we have come against a team that hammered us at the start of the year,” he said.
“Our form has been good but we have just been edged out in terms of results. We need to concentrate and perform for 80 minutes to stand a chance of winning. We want to put on a show for our loyal fans.”
Rochdale Hornets go into the game just outside the top five.
Coach Ian Talbot said: “It’s a massive one for us. We need to go and get a win if we are to have any intention of getting into that top five.
“Unfortunately it’s out of our hands. We hope that York do us a favour at Crusaders but we’ll keep fighting until the end.
“It’s never easy going up to Barrow. We beat them at our ground but it’s a totally different prospect going up to their place. I’ve never found it easy with any team I’ve taken up there, so it’s going to be tough.”