Oldham Athletic are back in league action as they take on Crewe Alexandra tomorrow afternoon at the Alexandra Stadium (3pm).
Frankie Bunn’s men are currently six unbeaten in all competitions after last week’s win over Maidstone United, but the Latics boss knows that Crewe will be tricky customers.
“There are no easy games like we keep saying, they're all competitive and physical so we all know what to expect and we have to make sure we turn up on the day.” He said.
“Crewe are renowned for bringing players through their academy, I think they've got five or six that are in the squad that have been there a while.
“They're doing ok, they've got a very good home record and again they'll be difficult opponents.”
Bunn confirmed in his pre-match press conference that they were sending Dan Gardner for another scan on his knee.
Jose Baxter, Zeus De La Paz and Jonathan Benteke are all still missing from the squad.
Andy Taylor was rested last week and is expected to be back involved as well as midfielder Jordan Lyden after a recent hamstring problem.
Our opponents Crewe haven’t played since November 27th where they beat Cambridge United 2-0.
Crewe sit in 15th place at the moment, but only sit one point behind Latics in the table as both teams look to push for a play-off place.
Crewe will be without former Latics player Paul Green who has only just returned to light training for The Alex.
Club Captain George Ray could be in contention having come through 90 minutes for their U23s during the week.
The last time the sides met was in last season’s Checkatrade Trophy where Latics ran out 0-1 winners.
Latics last visit to Crewe in the league ended in a 1-0 defeat back in November 2015, but the previous season saw Latics pick up a 0-1 win at the Alexandra Stadium thanks to a goal from Connor Wilkinson.
Coincidently the last four meetings between the sides have ended in a one-nil scoreline.
Oldham Athletic are priced at 7/5 to beat Crewe Alexandra.
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