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MATCH PREVIEW: Southend United vs. Oldham Athletic

1 December 2017

Oldham Athletic face another long trip south this weekend as they take on Southend United at the Roots Hall.

Athletic come into the game on the back of two frustrating results which have halted their movement up the Sky Bet League One table.

A home 0-0 draw against AFC Wimbledon was matched with the same result against Gillingham last weekend, both of which Latics felt they should have won.

After creating a number of chances, they were unable to convert and they picked up two points.

However, Richie Wellens’ men did extend their unbeaten run to four games in all competitions and they will be hoping to register a win against Southend United who they could leapfrog this weekend.

Southend United are three without a win but have registered two 1-1 draws in their last two games.

Simon Cox gave the Shrimpers the lead on 19 minutes against Oxford United but they were pegged back minutes later as Wes Thomas equalised.

A win for Latics could move them to as high as 13th in the Sky Bet League One table.

Speaking ahead of the game, Latics boss Richie Wellens said: “It’s important because no one else is playing, we’ve got a chance to make three points on everyone around us.

“We're a team that can cause damage if we’re on our game.

“We’ve had 13 games, 10 in the league and lost one so the performance levels are there, like I’ve said sometimes you can’t control the result, strikers can miss chances and there can be a defensive mistake.

“Performance levels you can concentrate on and if you get them right you can pick up a lot more results.”

Latics will be without winger Ryan McLaughlin (hamstring) and Gyamfi Kyeremeh (groin) who are still a few weeks from fitness but otherwise Wellens has a fully fit squad to choose from.

Sky Bet have listed Athletic as outsiders for the match at 12/5 with the visitors 11/10 to win.

In-form strikers Eoin Doyle and Craig Davies are both priced at 9/2 to score the opening goal of the match.

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