A closer look at Oldham Athletic ahead of their trip to the DW Stadium on Saturday.
- Latics host Oldham Athletic on Saturday 13th February.
- Victory could see Gary Caldwell’s side move into the automatic promotion spots for the first time this season.
- Oldham currently six points from safety but do as many as three games in hand on some of their rivals.
Sky Bet League One
Wigan Athletic v Oldham Athletic
Saturday 13th February 2016, kick-off 3pm
Latics are back in home action on Saturday when they host Greater Manchester rivals Oldham Athletic at the DW Stadium, Gary Caldwell’s side looking to extend their current unbeaten run – the second longest in the Football League – to ten games.
Without defeat since their 1-0 home defeat to Blackpool in December, Latics have started 2016 with a bang and consecutive wins over Port Vale and Sheffield United have lifted Caldwell’s side to within one point of the automatic promotion spots.
A win on Saturday could move Latics into the top two, should Walsall fail to beat Crewe Alexandra at Gresty Road whilst a draw would also be enough for Caldwell’s side if the Saddlers lost against the Alex and fourth place Gillingham failed to win at home to in-form Barnsley.
Oldham arrive at the DW Stadium in better sprits after their last fixture ended in a crucial 1-0 win over fellow strugglers Shrewsbury Town, though new boss John Sheridan knows the importance of this month for his side as they look to reduce the six point deficit they have on the Shropshire side in 20th place.
Oldham’s away form has been a positive in this campaign, as only high-flying Walsall have lost fewer games on the road than Sheridan’s side, though the SportsDirect.com Park side are the lowest scorers in the division with just 27 goals from their 27 league games.
OLDHAM IN 2015/16 SO FAR:
Last six (league): LDLLLW
Biggest win: 2-1 v Swindon Town (A) & Chesterfield (A)
Biggest defeat: 1-5 v Peterborough United (H)
Home record: W1 D4 L9
Away record: W3 D8 L2
Goals scored: 27 (14H 13A)
Goals conceded: 40 (28H 12A)
Leading goal scorer: Dominic Poleon 4 (5 all competitions)
Latics will remain without Michael Jacobs and Sanmi Odelusi as the pair continue their recoveries and, whilst Kevin McNaughton’s progress remains positive, the former Scotland international is likely to play more development squad football before his first team return.
Conor McAleny will be looking to make his home debut after an impressive first Latics appearance at Bramall Lane last weekend whilst Ryan Colclough is pushing for his first start.
For Oldham, defender Brian Wilson is a longer-term absentee with a groin injury whilst Dominic Poleon remains 50-50.
Latics and Oldham have met 13 times in the league, and we have edged the head-to-head record with seven wins in contrast to Oldham’s four. Oldham are winless against us in the last seven meetings in all competitions.
Biggest Win: Wigan Athletic 3 – 1 Oldham Athletic (January 2001 & April 2003) – Neil Roberts scoring twice on both occasions.
Biggest Defeat: Oldham Athletic 3 – 1 Wigan Athletic (November 1997) – David Lowe on the mark for Latics, a Sean McCarthy double and Richard Graham goal winning the first-ever league meeting for Oldham.
Max Power’s stunning first Latics goal was cancelled out by Dominic Poleon after Jordan Flores was sent off.