Oldham Athletic host Bradford City tomorrow afternoon looking to extend their unbeaten start to the league campaign.
Latics will be looking to improve on their last outing after losing 2-0 to Shrewsbury Town in midweek, knocking them out of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.
However, Athletic’s form in the league has been alright, picking up seven points from their opening five games contributing to an unbeaten start.
Bradford boss Phil Parkinson was present at Latics’ last game against Shrewsbury Town to scout his next opponents.
The Bantams have not enjoyed the best start to the league, only winning one of their opening five games.
That came last weekend in the dying seconds of the game as Devante Cole fired a winner against previously unbeaten Port Vale.
Before that, Bradford sat bottom of Sky Bet League One, but that victory lifted them to 16th in the division.
Athletic boss Darren Kelly is expected to ring the changes after making five changes in midweek.
David Dunn, Joseph Mills, Jonathan Forte, Jonathan Burn and Joel Coleman are expected to return to the starting line up.
Liam Kelly, Jake Cassidy and Brian Wilson remain long-term absentees from the squad.
Kelly could be boosted by the return of last season’s Player of the Season Carl Winchester after the midfielder trained this week after missing the last few games with injury.
Midfielders Mark Yeates and George Green could face their former clubs if they appear tomorrow afternoon.
Simonas Stankevicius is also an absentee from tomorrow’s squad after he linked up with the Lithuania under 21 squad earlier this week.
Speaking about the clash, the gaffer said: "I do expect a reaction because losing hurts. I felt it and I go away and reflect on the performance and reflect on myself, asking whether there was anything more I could have done.
"Winning is great. Losing is apart of the game but we’ve had that winning feeling where it is great but Tuesday we had the losing feeling and that is horrible.
“It is about getting the fire in the gut because I know if we perform the way we can, we will more than match anybody and I fully expect a better performance against Bradford City.
"I was disappointed for the fans who turned up. I think about everything they give up to support us home and away and I was disappointed on Tuesday. That hurts me, and it hurts them.
"We want to give the fans something on Saturday and get the winning mentality back. We want to give them something to shout about and get them vocal and loud.”
March 2015 - Sky Bet League One
Bradford City (Clarke) 2-0 Bradford City
Tuesday, September 1 - Johnstone’s Paint Trophy
Shrewsbury Town 2-0 Oldham Athletic
Saturday, August 29 - Sky Bet League One
Bradford City (Cole) 1-0 Port Vale
Danny Philliskirk (2) - James Hanson (2)
MAN TO WATCH
Billy Clarke - The 27-year-old has had a very successful spell with Bradford City so far. He netted two against Latics last season, consigning them to a 2-0 defeat in March. Clarke came through the youth ranks at Championship club Ipswich Town where he scored three goals in 49 games. Since then, he has had spells with Blackpool in the Premier League and Sheffield United in the Championship.
Oldham Athletic: 6/4 Draw: 12/5 Bradford City: 17/10
Sky Bet have installed Oldham Athletic as slight favourites for tomorrow’s clash.
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