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Match Preview


Posted Fri 31 Oct 14

MATCH PREVIEW: Latics Travel To League Leaders

Oldham Athletic travel to Bristol City in tomorrow afternoon's Sky Bet League One fixture.

Latics travel to the league leaders tomorrow in a bid to make it 14 games unbeaten and become the first side to beat the Robins in the league this season.

There are many connections in squad with Liam Kelly, Brian Wilson, James Wilson and manager Lee Johnson all playing for City.

Korey Smith made the switch to Ashton Gate in the summer and plays against Latics for the first time since his departure.

Latics travel to Bristol on the back of two consecutive home victories over Coventry and Bradford City.

Jonathan Forte, who has been nominated for Player of the Month by the gaffer, extended his scoring streak with his 11th in 13 appearances after notching the opening goal last weekend.

Oldham Athletic have only lost three games in their last 28, proving that Johnson's men are tough to beat.

Bristol City, who are managed by Steve Cotterill, currently lie top of Sky Bet League One after picking up 33 points from their 15 games this season.

Latics could welcome back Brian Wilson after the defender missed the last two games as a precaution. 

Defender George Elokobi suffered a setback as he recovers from injury but in positive news, Adam Lockwood returned to action this week but will not be involved on Saturday.

Bristol City top goalscorer Aaron Wilbraham has been struggling with a back injury recently but is expected to recover for tomorrow's game.

Latics' fans have sold their allocation of 490 tickets and Bristol City fans have sold the majority of their tickets for the game so it is set up to be an intimidating atmosphere.

Speaking about the clash against his former club, Johnson is going into the game looking to play without fear. 

He said: "They are unbeaten so far this season so that gives us the added bonus of, 'can we go and slay the dragon?' It is important we do it for the division because they have been absolutely flying. 

"They have recruited very well in the summer and have had the funds to do it. They have handpicked the best players in the division and are a very good side. It is up to us to exploit their weaknesses which I think we can do. 

"It's a big game but it is no bigger than the games coming up. The reason it makes it so big is because they are the league leaders and we want to topple them. If we do get a result and win it will really send a statement to the league and that is what we have got to do now. 

"We have been in the top four or five in the form table and we need to kick on now. The top eight or nine in the league are slightly separating themselves but we want to compete and do our best. 

"We want to put on a show for our 500 fantastic sell out crowd that will be there. I'm sure that they are going because they are enjoying the football at the moment."

February 2014 - Sky Bet League One      
Oldham Athletic (Philliskirk) 1-1 Bristol City (Flint)

Saturday, October 25 - Sky Bet League One        
Barnsley 2-2 Bristol City (Ayling, Wilbraham)

Saturday, October 25 - Sky Bet League One        
Oldham Athletic (Forte, Jones) 2-1 Bradford City

Aaron Wilbraham (9) - (11) Jonathan Forte     

Korey Smith - Latics' fans will know full well the capabilities of the central midfielder. Comfortable in possession and an eye for a screamer, Smith won the club's Goal of the Season last year with his strike against Leyton Orient in the final minutes. The midfielder currently has two goals this season, both in the JPT tie with Cheltenham Town.

Bristol City: 21/20 Evens Draw: 5/2 Oldham Athletic: 12/5     

Sky Bet have made Bristol City favourites for tomorrow afternoon's clash.

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