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MATCH PREVIEW: OLDHAM ATHLETIC V WIGAN ATHLETIC

9 August 2016

Latics begin EFL Cup campaign on the road.

EFL Cup Round One
Oldham Athletic v Wigan Athletic
Tuesday 9 August 2016, kick off 7.45pm
at SportsDirect.com Park


PREVIEW

Latics kick off their 2016/17 EFL Cup campaign this evening with a trip to Oldham Athletic in round one at 7.45pm, returning to SportsDirect.com Park just two weeks after defeating their hosts 1-0 in a pre-season friendly.

Both teams arrive hoping to turn around their opening day fortunes in the Sky Bet Championship and Sky Bet League One, after Latics were beaten in the last minute of normal time 2-1 away at Bristol City on Saturday, with Oldham well-beaten 3-0 away to Millwall at the Den.

Latics supporters wishing to travel to the game can still do so, with a pay on the day facility available in the form of cash turnstiles.

TEAM NEWS

Long-term injuries to Andy Kellett, Kyle Knoyle and Reece James leave them sidelined for the near future, whilst we're yet to see a competitive appearance from Nick Powell so far this season after a knock picked up in the pre-season friendly at tonight's opponents.

Donervon Daniels made his return from injury on Saturday, replacing debutant Luke Burke at right back, with the youngster expected to be involved in the squad again this evening.

Latics are also waiting on Emyr Huws and Andrew Taylor who have been missing from first team action in recent weeks.

For Oldham, Jamie Reckord was replaced due to injury after just 11 minutes of Saturday's match, but Steve Robinson has continued his recruitment drive by bringing in former Liverpool full back Ryan McLaughlin who could make his competitive debut against Latics.

Striker Billy Mckay, on loan from Latics, is ineligible to play.

LATICS IN THE EFL CUP

It's been a difficult run for Latics in the EFL Cup, having been eliminated in the first round last season at home to Bury courtesy of two goals by former striker Leon Clarke either side of Will Grigg's first for the club, following on from a first round defeat away to Burton Albion in 2014/15, despite Marc-Antoine Fortune's goal in the 2-1 loss.

In the 2013/14 Latics entered the competition in the third round due to their involvement in the UEFA Europa League, but a 5-0 away defeat against Manchester City was lurking around the corner.

Latics' last victory in the EFL Cup came back in the 2012/13 season as they brushed aside West Ham United 4-1 at Upton Park in the third round, following a previous 4-1 victory away at Nottingham Forest in the second.  A fourth round penalty shootout defeat followed at home to Bradford City, ending Latics' hopes of a continued cup run.

OLDHAM IN THE EFL CUP

It's been eight seasons since Oldham Athletic last progressed beyond the first round of the competition, winning a penalty shootout away to Rochdale in the 2008/09 season, following a 0-0 draw at Spotland over 90 minutes and extra time, despite having future Latics' striker Craig Davies sent off before half time.

Their progress in the competition came to an abrupt end in the second round, with former Latics midfielder Chris McCann on the score sheet in a 3-0 home win for the Clarets.  Steven Caldwell and Alan Mahon were also involved in the fixture.

Oldham's recent cup history has a few other current Latics links, with Yanic Wildschut on target as Middlesbrough won 3-1 at SportsDirect.com Park in last season's first round, the same opponents who eliminated Oldham in the first round of the 2014/15 competition 3-0.

Michael Jacobs knocked Oldham out in 2013/14 with his goal earning Derby County a 1-0 win.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

Tonight will be the first meeting between the two sides in the EFL Cup, having previously faced each other in league competitions and the EFL Trophy.

Latics have double the amount of victories over Oldham having won eight times to the hosts' four, with three draws played out.

It's been 16 years since Latics last defeat against tonight's opponents, with an eight game unbeaten record in all competitions since a 2-1 Boxing Day defeat at Boundary Park in 2000.

The last meeting between the sides came just two weeks ago in a pre-season friendly, with substitute Jacobs grabbing Latics a 1-0 victory as seen below.





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