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MATCH PREVIEW: Oldham Athletic vs. Southend United

24 April 2018

Oldham Athletic are back in home action tonight as they host Southend United knowing a win will take them above 50 points.

A win for Latics tonight could take them on to 51 points with two games remaining and potentially four points clear of the relegation places.

Latics come into the game on the back of a 2-2 draw against AFC Wimbledon which extended their unbeaten run to six games.

That does, however, include five consecutive draws as Latics have struggled to pick up maximum points.

After beating Blackpool, draws against Oxford United, Walsall, Gillingham, Rochdale and AFC Wimbledon followed as the points tally continues to tick over.

Duckens Nazon scored two equalisers on Saturday to secure a vital point on the road against the Wombles.

Southend United head into the game in indifferent form. They beat MK Dons 4-0 at home at the weekend but have struggled on the road recently.

They fell to a 2-0 defeat against Oxford United in their last trip out and have yet to win away from home since February 3 as they beat Peterborough United.

Theo Robinson grabbed a hat-trick for the Shrimpers at the weekend and is expected to start tonight’s game.

Speaking ahead of the game, manager Richie Wellens said: “It’s in our hands still. It’s a game in hand and it gives us the opportunity to go above a couple of teams, this is our moment.

“There will be other teams watching and wanting Southend to win so we can impact other teams' mentality.

“I know Chris Powell, he’s gone in there and his task was to keep them up because they were in a tricky predicament, he’s achieved that task and he’ll be looking to next season now to try and push on and get them back in the Championship.

“Everyone can say it’s a long trip and they’re not playing for anything but if we’re not on it then all of them things go out of the window.

“I’m not going to get anxious or nervous because I feel confident in what we’re putting together to try and get results on the pitch.”

Oldham Athletic have been priced at 11/10 to claim the three points tonight.

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