FA Cup Preview: Oldham Athletic vs Hampton and Richmond Borough (A)

Oldham Athletic were frustrated on Tuesday against Notts County hitting 19 shots and not finding the back of the net in a 0-0 draw. There was still lots of positives going into Monday.

Next up is a trip to sixth tier Hampton and Richmond Borough who compete in the National League South.

On the face of it, Oldham should take the win easily and move through collecting some important money to help mooted behind the scenes issues but fears of a shock could be on the cards.

The Latics will have the game showcased on BT Sport 1 on Monday night and last time they were on BT they lost to Lincoln in a massive shock which was the beginning of a run to the Quarter-Finals for the side.

In terms of those starting on Monday, a more rotated side could be used by Frankie Bunn but the likes of Jordan Lyden, Ishmael Miller and Dan Gardner who performed well on Tuesday will likely keep their places.

Jonathan Benteke did not perform that well and so could be replaced by Chris O’Grady or even the return of Sam Surridge who returned to Oldham this week.

To avert any chance of a shock, the defence could remain unchanged with George Edmundson, Peter Clarke, Rob Hunt and Andy Taylor in the back four.

Like alluded to in the midfield Lyden and Gardner will likely keep their places with potentially Missilou regaining his place instead of Nepomuceno or even Mohamed Maouche gaining another start and another chance to showcase his talents against the smaller opposition,

Up front will likely see Ishmael Miller start alongside Callum Lang and potentially Chris O’Grady or Jonathan Benteke again.

This will mean it will likely be basically unchanged with the rotation potentially coming on the bench.

Youth prospects like Chinedu Uche and Jay Sheridan could be given the opportunity as well as some of the shining lights from Pete Wild’s unbeaten Youth Team side.

Will Oldham make it through with ease or will Hampton spring a surprise shock in the FA Cup??

Predicted XI:

Iversen, Taylor, Edmundson, Clarke, Hunt, Lyden, Gardner, Nepomuceno, Miller, O’Grady, Lang

Prediction:

Oldham 2-0 Hampton and Richmond

Can see Oldham picking up the win in this one with Ishmael Miller and Callum Lang bagging the goals. Despite the club being in inconsistent form, I see them having too much for the National League South outfit.

Picture Credit: Oldham Athletic

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