Opinion: Oldham to be a dark horse in League Two promotion battle

Oldham are currently sitting 12th heading into the second international break of the season but it’s been steady form for the Latics who many tipped for the drop.

I predict at this point that the season will go one of two ways for the Latics, a relegation battle where Frankie Bunn is sacked in the new year or a promotion chase to return to League One.

I’m going for the latter for a number of reasons.

The defence is seen as one of the best so far this season in the division with George Edmundson’s partnership with Peter Clarke seemingly clicking with Edmundson gaining accolades as a result.

This paired with in form stopper Daniel Iversen means that the side have a good grounding which has seen them concede the least away goals in England this season.

The midfield has welcomed finally Jordan Lyden with him and Mohamed Maouche both playing well in the win over Bradford on Tuesday.

Alongside the likes of Dan Gardner as well as Christopher Missilou, Johan Branger-Engone and Gevaro Nepomuceno mean good service from the back to the front for the strikers.

Ousmane Fane is also set to return as well with the Frenchman potentially playing an important role in the side when he’s back.

The strikers though are the main difference with one man in particular Sam Surridge. Another brace on Tuesday as well as the Sky Bet League Two Player of the month have given the Bournemouth loanee confidence.

He has received brilliant service from Chris O’Grady in particular and if kept fit could be a main catalyst.

The only problem could be Oldham’s off the field issues with wages not being paid as of Tuesday and strike action threatened.

Despite that though if Abdallah Lemsagam can get that eradicated it’s fair to see Frankie Bunn’s players could be bouncing straight back.


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