Latics kick-off the New Year with a trip to the New Lawn to take on Forest Green Rovers in Sky Bet League Two (3pm KO).
Oldham continued their unbeaten run on the road last time, whilst also recording their first clean sheet of the league season at Grimsby.
Last time out, Forest Green fell to a 2-1 defeat against Crawley Town which ended a nine-game unbeaten run in League Two.
They have made a very good start to the season and as a result, sit it in an automatic promotion place in the division.
Rovers’ last six:
- Forest Green Rovers 1-2 Crawley Town
- Exeter City 1-1 Forest Green Rovers
- Forest Green Rovers 1-0 Carlisle United
- Port Vale 1-1 Forest Green Rovers
- Forest Green Rovers 2-0 Cambridge United
- Oxford United 1-1 Forest Green Rovers (EFL Trophy – Oxford won on pens)
Latics wins: 0
Forest Green Rovers wins: 1
For - 2
Against - 3
Latics are yet to beat Forest Green Rovers in a competitive fixture and they will be hoping to change that at the fifth time of asking, previously drawing one and losing one at the New Lawn.
The last time the sides met was at Boundary Park. Gevaro Nepomuceno gave Oldham the lead but a late equaliser from George Williams denied Latics all three points on his return to the side after suffering an early injury in the opening game of the last campaign in the reverse fixture.
In terms of selection, Head Coach Harry Kewell has some more attacking options returning from injury. It is expected Conor McAleny and Danny Rowe will be available, with defenders Andrea Badan and Kyle Jameson now back in full training after recovering from their hamstring injuries.
George Blackwood is still a couple of months away after a setback in his recovery.
Whilst Bobby Grant serves the second game of his three-match suspension after his red card last weekend and will not return until after the Emirates FA Cup fixture against AFC Bournemouth.
- It's been tight games between both clubs so far, with 0.5 goals per game.
- Latics have scored 33, six more than FGR's 27, but have conceded 37, more than twice what the hosts have so far this season (18).
- Each time Oldham have faced Forest Green it’s been a different manager; 1-1 Aug '18 Bunn, 0-0 Jan '19 Wild, 0-1 Aug '19 Banide and 1-1 Feb '20 Maamria.
- On This Day stats: Away from home on January 2nd historically, Latics have not been great: P13 - W4, D3, L6 - scoring 16 and conceding 21.
- That said, in 1988 Latics won 5-0 at Sheffield United. But since then have scored just six goals in eight matches (W1 D5 L2).
- The club also drew 2-2 with Tranmere in the FA Cup in 1993, and lost 0-2 at home to Chelsea in the cup in 1999.
Watch Out For
Jamille Matt has nine league goals already this campaign and recently triggered a contract extension after a successful start at the New Lawn.
Before joining Rovers, the 31-year-old has played for Sutton Coldfield, Kidderminster Harriers, Fleetwood Town, Stevenage, Plymouth Argyle, Blackpool, Grimsby Town and Newport County.
The forward’s nine league goals make him the joint fifth top scorer in the division, level with Latics attacker Conor McAleny.
Latics fans will remember Carl Winchester.
The 27-year-old arrived at Boundary Park in 2010 from Linfield. He went on to make over 100 appearances for the club before departing for Cheltenham Town in January 2017 after a ten-year spell, scoring eight goals.
He joined his current club after spending a year and a half with the Robins. During his time with Cheltenham, he played 70 times, scoring six goals.
In May 2018, Winchester arrived at the New Lawn and he has been somewhat of a mainstay in the Rovers team, making 112 appearances and scoring 12 goals in that time.
In addition to his club career, Winchester boasts international pedigree as he has represented Northern Ireland at under 16,17,18, 19 and 21 and he also has one senior cap to his name.
In The Dugout
Mark Cooper is the man in the dugout for the hosts.
Cooper has been in charge at the New Lawn since May 2016 and it is his ninth posting as manager in senior football.
The 52-year-old has also been in charge at Tamworth, Kettering Town, Peterborough United, Darlington, AFC Telford, Swindon Town and Notts County.
He has also represented Rovers as a player as well as manager, making 48 appearances for the club between 2001 and 2002.
The New Lawn
Record attendance: 4,836 (vs Derby County, 2009)
This weekend's referee is Robert Lewis (Shrewsbury).
He has officiated 16 games this season, handing out 46 yellow cards and two reds.
This will be his first game this campaign involving either Forest Green Rovers or Latics, with his last Oldham fixture coming last season in the 1-1 draw at Boundary Park against Carlisle in January 2020.
He will be assisted by Justin Amey and Christopher Kidd, with Matthew Lee being the Fourth Official.
Sky Bet Odds
Forest Green are 4/5 favourites to win the game whilst Latics are 3/1 to record their first ever competitive win against Rovers.
13/5 is the price available for the draw.
How To Follow The Game
Because the game is classed as behind-closed-doors, supporters can tune into a live match stream with commentary available for all subscribers on iFollow Latics, as Roy Butterworth and Michael Brown you through the action.
In the current environment, there is a greater dependence on match streaming than ever before.
As a result iFollow generates one of the only revenue streams available to clubs through these financial challenges.
Piracy - and illegal streaming of matches - does not only carry the risk of potential criminal action, but also has a greater financial impact on clubs while supporters are unable to attend matches.
The EFL's campaign would like to not only convey the message that piracy is immoral and illegal, but that it is also financially damaging club's across the divisions.
Alternatively, supporters can also follow the game with live updates on the club's official Twitter account: @OfficialOAFC.