Oldham Athletic Preview vs Stevenage (A)

Oldham Athletic next travel to Stevenage this weekend aiming to get their form back on track after a league defeat to Northampton last weekend as they travel to take on Dino Maamria’s side.

A comeback win in the week against Everton’s U23 side gave a look at some of the frailties evident as well as some of the grit and determination the side have in their arsenal.

Two players that stood out when they came on were Ishmael Miller and Jonathan Benteke who both scored in the 3-2 win.

Both will be pushing for starts this weekend but like has been the case in past wins, Chris O’Grady will likely regain his place.

In terms of the defence, it will likely be similar to Tuesday with Cameron Dummigan and Andy Taylor potentially making way with the latter potentially being on the bench due to just returning from injury.

Peter Clarke and George Edmundson will likely remain the constant in the side with Rob Hunt and Tom Hamer potentially taking their place from the start in Hertfordshire.

Jordan Lyden wasn’t in the squad on Tuesday and if he hasn’t got an injury, he could push for a recall but Christopher Missilou and potentially Dan Gardner who came on last night will likely start.

Mohamed Maouche was subbed off against Everton at half time and as a result unless he was being rested, he will likely be benched on Saturday.

It is yet to be known whether Sam Surridge will return this weekend but he is likely a few weeks away so Ishmael Miller, Chris O’Grady and Callum Lang could all start.

Benteke could have staked his claim for a start this weekend but he might not be picked by Bunn to start in the league despite his good form.

In terms of injuries only really Zeus de la Paz, Giles Coke and Ousmane Fane remain definitely out this weekend, while Ousmane and Zeus are out long term it is still not known when Giles will return.

Barring that Frankie Bunn has mostly a full squad to choose from going into this weekend.

Predicted XI:

Iversen, Dummigan, Clarke, Edmundson, Hunt, Missilou, Gardner, Maouche, Lang, O’Grady, Miller

Prediction:

Stevenage 1-0 Oldham Athletic

The pressure has been mounting on Frankie Bunn as of late and I predict hat this will mount further with the in form Stevenage picking up a slim win against the Latics. It could be wrong though and could be an away win for Oldham that dispels fears from fans about the management.

Picture Credit: Oldham Athletic

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