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Posted Fri 11 Dec 15

MATCH PREVIEW: Oldham Athletic v Millwall

Attention turns back to the league after last weekend’s disappointing cup defeat against Sheffield United.

Latics fell to a 1-0 defeat to the Blades, who were handed a third round tie with Manchester United, but David Dunn hopes to get back on track with a win over Millwall tomorrow.

It also gives the gaffer a chance to change the club’s home form, which has been inconsistent this year.

Since the start of 2015, Latics have only won four home games in all competitions, against Notts County, Swindon Town, Rochdale and Fleetwood Town.

They will be hoping to add Millwall to that list tomorrow afternoon and the Lions come into the clash full of confidence.

Millwall had an impressive victory in midweek against Southend United in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, beating them 2-0.

They are now one game away from Wembley, and along with their league form, they are going well under boss Neil Harris.

However, before Tuesday night’s game, they have suffered three defeats in their last four, losing against Wycombe Wanderers, Burton Albion and Fleetwood.

Millwall currently sit seventh in the Sky Bet League One table, one place off the play-off positions.

In their 20 games so far this season, they have won 9, drawn 4, and lost 7, accumulating 31 points. 

In team news, Latics have an almost fully fit squad to choose from with Jonathan Forte the only man missing with injury.

Richie Wellens, Jay Fulton and Michael Higdon return to the team following not being able to play in last week’s FA Cup clash with Sheffield United.

Lee Croft has trained all week and could be named amongst the substitutes tomorrow.

For Millwall, winger Fred Onyedinma will be assessed ahead of the weekend's match. Fred was sidelined at Southend in midweek having been forced off during last Saturday's FA Cup tie against Wycombe. 

Striker Steve Morison is being monitored after he too had to leave the field of play as a precautionary measure during the JPT victory at Roots Hall.

Elsewhere Tony Craig remains a long-term absentee.

Speaking about the clash, Dunn said: "I went to watch them against Burton and they are doing really well under Neil Harris. He’s a good manager, good guy and very competitive as a player and that seems to be what he’s like as a manager.

"The Millwall side are competitive so it will be a tough game for us so we will have to stand up to the battling qualities that they show. That is going to be the main thing that we need to do early on. They have got some decent players so they will be dangerous.”


LAST MEETING
January 2010 - Sky Bet League One
Oldham Athletic 0-1 Millwall

LAST MATCHES
Saturday, December 5 - FA Cup Round Two  
Sheffield United 1-0 Oldham Athletic

Tuesday, December 8 - Johnstone’s Paint Trophy     
Southend United 0-2 Millwall (Morison, Williams)

TOP SCORERS                                                               
Danny Philliskirk (6) - Lee Gregory (10)

MAN TO WATCH
Aidan O’Brien - The striker has six goals in the league and three in cup competitions. The 22-year-old is a product of the club’s youth academy and he has come to the fore this season with a succession of good performances. O’Brien has scored three goals in five appearances with the Republic of Ireland under 21s. 

ODDS
Oldham Athletic: 9/4 Draw: 23/10 Millwall: 6/5

Sky Bet have installed Sheffield United as favourites for tomorrow afternoon’s clash.

COVERAGE
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