Oldham Athletic Preview vs Cambridge United (H)

Oldham return home this week after consecutive games on the road and a near cup upset on Tuesday against Hampton and Richmond. They host Cambridge United looking to move up from 15th in the league and push towards the play-offs.

Their opponents lie currently 19th in the league so below the Latics but despite a loss to Guiseley in the cup they have back to back wins in the league.

Oldham in comparison have been a bit stop start and their win in the FA Cup was their first in a while.

In terms of injuries first of all going into this match, Giles Coke was back in the squad on Monday and was an unused sub.

Expect the experienced midfielder to ramp up his bid for full fitness with potentially some minutes on Saturday.

Ousmane Fane is still out as is Zeus de la Paz. Sam Surridge posted videos of him training at Bournemouth his parent club this week so the prolific striker could be back shortly.

Gevaro Nepomuceno suddenly went on international duty this week but could return for the weekend to start.

Daniel Iversen though will miss out this week due to the same problem and so Alex Palmer from West Brom has been drafted in on a week long emergency loan.

Ewan McFarlane is the only other player who can play in goal but being only 17, it is presumed Frankie didn’t want to take the risk.

The back four as usual will likely remain unchanged with Clarke and Edmundson in the centre and Taylor and Hunt as full-backs.

Gardner who performed brilliantly against Hampton and Richmond will likely keep his place with the same to be said for make shift winger Cameron Dummigan.

As well as more than likely Jordan Lyden who has started the last few games and will want to stake his claim to have his loan extended in January.

Jose Baxter’s has sustained ligament damage. Johan Branger-Engone who came on for the former Everton ace could start or potentially like alluded to Nepomuceno.

Up front Ishmael Miller will likely start with Callum Lang again. Lang of course bagged the winner so will be potentially the first name on the team sheet.

If Miller doesn’t start it is likely to be Chris O’Grady who assisted Lang’s winner and is great at hold up play and assisting the main striker in this case Lang.

Predicted XI:

Palmer, Taylor, Clarke, Edmundson, Hunt, Gardner, Lyden, Branger-Engone, Dummigan, Lang, Miller


Oldham 0-1 Cambridge

I can see Cambridge pulling off the result here away from home. Confidence hasn’t been the best at Latics despite the win on Monday and with consecutive league wins I see them picking up a slim win.

Picture Credit: Oldham Athletic


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