Oldham Athletic Preview vs Port Vale (H)

Oldham return to League action this weekend with Port Vale the visitors to Boundary Park.

Despite their last game in the league ending in a sour note with what many could describe as the best XI Bunn could put out losing to Carlisle, there will be an itch to bounce back.

This was scratched slightly by the sides win in the Checkatrade Trophy last week where Bradford were smashed 4-1.

One man who has been integral to it all was again with Sam Surridge bagging a brace against the League One side.

In the press also this week it was reported that Surridge wants to continue at Oldham and not move permanently from Bournemouth in January.

This will please Frankie Bunn and the supporters endlessly who have seen the effect he has had so far.

An unlikely player could also be pushing for a start this week and that is Mohamed Maouche.

He played brilliantly against Bradford bagging his first goal in Latics colours.

It was previously mooted that he is on £4,000 a week at the club and so Bunn should get some use out of him especially if he continues playing well.

The back four should stay the same against the Valiants with Andy Taylor the only worry after picking up an injury against the Bantams.

If that is the case, Rob Hunt could switch to the left and Tom Hamer or Cameron Dummigan play on the right.

Like mentioned, Maouche could be in contention in the midfield but Jordan Lyden also could play a part with the Aston Villa loanee making his debut at Valley Parade.

Expect though for there to be a similar line up with Dan Gardner and Christopher Missilou in particular starting.

Up front could see Sam Surridge partner Chris O’Grady who himself bagged multiple assists in the week while Callum Lang could finish the front free.

Either that or Ishmael Miller could get in on the act and continue his semi-decent form, Mansfield aside.

Jose Baxter even could get another start but with Sam Surridge finally back, the old front three could return.

Predicted XI – Iversen, Hunt, Clarke, Edmundson, Dummigan, Gardner, Missilou, Branger-Engone, Lang, Surridge, O’Grady

Prediction

Oldham 2-0 Port Vale

Oldham if Surridge is fit and firing like against Bradford could win easily especially against a Port Vale side lying 16th and thumped 6-2 by Lincoln in their last league outing.

Despite that though like is often the case with Oldham it’s hard to say for sure.

Picture Credit: Oldham Athletic

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