Oldham Athletic are once again on the road this weekend but not in league action. The FA Cup second round is on the agenda for the Latics against Maidstone United.
Last time in the Cup, Oldham came through in the final minute of time against Hampton and Richmond Borough.
A similarly precarious task awaits them here with a second consecutive non league outfit looking to dump the League Two club out.
The reward for either club is a tie against potential Premier League opposition in the third round and a big amount of money especially for Maidstone if they get through.
In terms of players out in this clash, Ousmane Fane, Jose Baxter and Zeus de La Paz remain long term injury doubts.
Jordan Lyden is also supposedly injured but could be back for the weekend, this will especially be pushed with Dan Gardner suffering one on Tuesday night.
It is not known as of time of writing whether Christopher Missilou’s yellow card limit means that he will definitely miss Maidstone or whether it will be next week when league action returns.
In terms of the team then, the defence will stay the same more than likely with Tom Hamer potentially being given the opportunity but barring that at least George Edmundson and Peter Clarke will be involved.
Mohamed Maouche will definitely start due to lack of options as well as his brilliant performance on Tuesday against Lincoln where he gave Latics the lead with a stunning 25 yard thunderbolt.
If Missilou, Gardner and Lyden all remain out, Giles Coke could start or Gevaro Nepomuceno might be shifted to the middle. This would allow Johan Branger-Engone and potentially Cameron Dummigan to play on the wings.
Up front could see Callum Lang start with Chris O’Grady if Miller has to serve his ban this weekend. Either that or the midfield might be tweaked to allow Lang, Surridge and O’Grady to all play.
What is for sure is that Bunn does have some thinking to do when it comes to this weekend as unlike most XI’s he puts out, he will have restrictions for probably the first time in his tenure this weekend.
Can Oldham sail through or will Maidstone dump the Latics out on home soil??
Iversen, Taylor, Edmundson, Clarke, Hunt, Maouche, Dummigan, Branger-Engone, Nepomuceno, Lang, O’Grady
Oldham 1-0 Maidstone
Oldham if they don’t get bad luck on their side like they nearly did against Hampton and Richmond should sneak past this test comfortably. Bunn doesn’t have his main starting XI at his disposal so that’s why a 1-0 is mooted by myself, I expect either Lang or Surridge to score a goal at some point anyway.
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