Oldham return to Boundary Park this weekend looking for back-to-back wins and a second at home of the season as they welcome the Red Devils, Crawley Town.
Crawley are a side who could be without a manager as of writing for the clash with Harry Kewell linked to the Notts County job but a £400,000 buyout clause has been mooted.
This could unsettle his side and hand the initiative to Oldham who will seek the claim another win to back up their title credentials.
It has been an fairly poor start for Kewell’s side anyway with Bury’s inability to kill off the game handing them the three points last weekend. Losses to Stevenage and Port Vale as well as a 2-2 draw at Swindon see them 14th at the moment.
For Oldham what needs to be worked on is killing off the game. At Morecambe, Daniel Iversen saved the side from what could have easily have been a 2-2 draw and as a result they will know this killer instinct is what is needed against Crawley.
In terms of player absences and returnees barring any late recruitment, Ousmane Fane and Cameron Dummigan remain out with long term injuries, Jack Byrne is still seemingly exiled but Sam Surridge will likely be back for the game this weekend.
The on-loan Bournemouth striker showed so much promise against Macclesfield but once again picked up an injury.
Another player who showed promise, Ishmael Miller could also be back this weekend in the first team squad at least with barring that the squad remaining unchanged.
Defence wise, Rob Hunt, Peter Clarke, George Edmundson and Andy Taylor will likely continue unless there is any late knocks in training this week.
Midfield wise could be interchanged but the core of Dan Gardner and potentially Christopher Missilou and Johan Branger-Engone could continue alongside Gevaro Nepomuceno. It is believed Giles Coke is injured or has sustained a knock but there will likely be Mohamed Maouche on the bench as well.
Jose Baxter will either play up front with Sam Surridge or Chris O’Grady like last weekend or he could be brought on to bring an impact in the second half. Time will tell with that one though.
Up front, Chris O’Grady will likely continue but his strike partner could be anyone from Sam Surridge to Ishmael Miller and there is heightened competition to partner the former Brighton star.
Predicted XI – Iversen, Taylor, Clarke, Edmundson, Hunt, Missilou, Gardner Nepomuceno, Branger-Engone, O’Grady, Baxter
Subs from – De La Paz, Surridge, Lang, Miller, Maouche, Graham, Hamer
Oldham 2-0 Crawley (Gardner, Baxter)
Predicting a 2-0 win and continued good form for Oldham in this one. If Kewell does stay, the rumours could unsettle the dressing room and with them not in the best form anyway, hopefully it will be the three points for Oldham.
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