Oldham Athletic Preview vs Colchester United

Oldham are back in action on Saturday off the back of thumping Grimsby away this past weekend 3-0 at Blundell Park.

Next up is a home tie against Colchester United with Frankie Bunn’s side hoping to deliver a performance like against Grimsby to the home supporters at Boundary Park as they aim to make it into a fortress.

Colchester are in and amongst the Latics sitting two places above them in fourth place after a 3-0 win themselves at home to Cambridge United.

Sammie Szmodics is seen as their star performer with three goals and one assist this season, one less than Luke Norris in first in their goal scoring charts.

This is the same amount as Oldham’s top scorer Sam Surridge who himself has netted four in the league.

Team News:

In terms of injuries, Oldham are still without Ousmane Fane and Cameron Dummigan; both are out long term as well as Jordan Lyden who similarly is rumoured to be out for some time.

Ishmael Miller and Jose Baxter were among the players to gain minutes in the local cup tie on Tuesday against Rochdale but the side were thumped 7-0.

Both like against Grimsby due to fitness issues could be brought on as impact subs mainly.

Barring that the team could remain unchanged with Taylor, Clarke, Edmundson and Hunt in the back line.

Gardner, Missilou and Branger-Engone followed by the trio of O’Grady, Surridge and Lang could start.

This is with potential for one of the midfield three to miss out to Gevaro Nepomuceno who played part of the Grimsby tie after time away with the Curacao National side.

Overall this could be the sternest test Oldham have faced so far in the league due to league positions after the side have had a pretty good start fixture wise.

It is up to Frankie Bunn’s side to harness the fans and the good form the team is to mount a challenge firmly up the other end of the table for once.

Predicted XI:

Iversen, Taylor, Clarke, Edmundson, Hunt, Gardner, Branger-Engone, Missilou, O’Grady, Lang, Surridge

Subs – De La Paz, Graham, Stott, Maouche, Nepomuceno, Miller, Baxter

Prediction:

Oldham 1-0 Colchester

Predicting a slender win for the Latics to continue their good run of form against another of the early pace setters in Colchester. Surridge looked brilliant last week and could continue his brilliant form in this clash.

Picture Credit: Oldham Athletic

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