Match Preview: Oldham Athletic vs Scunthorpe United

1200px Boundary Park
1200px Boundary Park

The Iron are back on the road this weekend, with a tricky encounter away at Oldham.

Scunthorpe come into the fixture on the back of a 2-1 win over Peterborough United on Saturday, while in-form Oldham had a dramatic 4-4 draw away at MK Dons last weekend and beat neighbours Bury 2-1 in midweek.

Graham Alexander has a couple of injury worries, with Sam Mantom ruled with a bone density injury for the next 3-4 weeks and Conor Townsend out for this Saturday and Tuesday’s Checkatrade Trophy fixture. Jonny Margetts, Luke Williams and Levi Sutton also remain sidelined.

The United squad head into the match in a much better mood after securing their first win in five matches against Peterborough. Hakeeb Adelakun is pushing for a start after making a big impact off the bench at the weekend, along with Simon Church who also impressed on his debut for the club on Saturday.

Creative midfielder Josh Morris, who secured the winner against Peterborough, will be looking to have an impact, as the Iron hope to catch the Latics on the counter attack.

Josh Morris securing victory over Peterborough

Oldham Team News

Oldham are currently one of the form teams in League One, having gone six games unbeaten despite getting off to a slow start at the beginning of the campaign. The Latics’ recent run has seen them record victories over some of the better teams in the league, such as Blackburn, Peterborough and Portsmouth.

Richie Wellens, who has overseen Oldham’s recent turn of fortunes, was appointed as permanent manager last week following the departure of John Sheridan.

Former Iron striker Craig Davies will face his old side on Saturday, having spent a miserable first half of 2017 at Glanford Park. The United faithful never took to Davies, after the 31-year-old failed to score in any of his 19 matches for the club – most of which came as a substitute.

Wellens’ side may be without the versatile Kean Bryan, who played the full 90 minutes on Tuesday night – but is struggling with a calf injury.

The danger man of the Oldham squad is Eion Doyle. The industrious forward has had a fantastic start to his career at Boundary Park, registering ten goals in his ten league games for the club, including eight in his last six appearances. Doyle will be looking to get in behind the Iron defence and is a huge threat in and around the box; he must be stopped if Scunthorpe are to get a positive result from the game.

Danger man Eoin Doyle scoring against Portsmouth

Previous Matches

The Iron have a patchy recent record against the Latics’, winning just two of the last six matches between the sides.

In the 2014/15 season, Oldham did the double over Scunthorpe, with a 3-2 home victory and a 1-0 win at Glanford Park. The following campaign, United won 4-2 at Boundary Park and many may remember Kevin van Veen’s sensational chipped effort after beating four or five players on his route to goal. Later that season, the pair played out a 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture. Oldham then beat the Iron 2-0 at home in October of last year, before Scunthorpe secured a 1-0 victory over the Latics just a month later.

The Iron will be looking to build upon their victory last weekend and continue moving up the League One table with a win at Oldham on Saturday.

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Written by James Murray

Aspiring journalist and Scunthorpe United fan studying at the London South Bank University.

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