Oldham Athletic Preview vs Bury (H)

Oldham Athletic head home this weekend for what could be classed as the closest thing to a derby in their requisite divisions with them taking on a familiar foe in Bury.

The Latics come off the back of a league win and a EFL Trophy loss. These were against Crewe and Rochdale respectively.

With the Rochdale match it was a late and undeserved defeat but means that they can fully focus on the league and FA Cup.

Frankie Bunn might have made a mistake though in playing a full strength team against the Dale.

This is due to an injury to Cameron Dummigan and a red card for in form French midfielder Mohamed Maouche.

It is not known whether this red will apply in the league but if so Jordan Lyden May gain a recall quicker than expected after his injury.

Christopher Missilou has been in brilliant form in the past few weeks so will be counted on in the centre of midfield by Bunn.

In terms of the defence, Rob Hunt, George Edmundson, Peter Clarke and Andy Tom Hamer will likely be part of thiswith the middle two acting as the constant rock.

Barring changes to the defence it will likely remain the same to the game against Rochdale.

This includes Gevaro Nepomuceno making up the midfield alongside the aforementioned Christopher Missilou and Jordan Lyden.

Up front will likely be the in form Chris O’Grady, Sam Surridge and Callum Lang who have been one of the most formidable trios in the league so far.

The opposition Bury are fourth in the league in comparison to the Latics but with it being a local derby it could be fiercely contested like their battles in League One.

This in itself makes it even harder to predict a result despite their league positions.

Predicted XI:

Iversen, Hunt, Clarke, Edmundson, Hamer, Missilou, Lyden, Nepomuceno, O’Grady, Surridge, Lang

Prediction:

Oldham 1-1 Bury

Can see either an Oldham win or more than likely a draw between the sides. This will in my opinion be a Chris O’Grady opener followed by a late goal to cancel it out by Bury.

Oldham though will have to be careful with a big festive period coming up and potentially even doing some early transfer business ahead of the Fulham game when January hits.

This is due to injury and suspensions becoming a factor so as well in this game they will have to watch that or potentially rotate.

Picture Credit: Oldham Athletic

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