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MATCH PREVIEW: Bradford City vs. Oldham Athletic

9 October 2018

Oldham Athletic will be looking to bounce back from Saturday’s 1-3 defeat at home to Carlisle United when they take on Bradford City in the Checkatrade Trophy tonight (7:30pm kick off).

This will be an important game in terms of the Checkatrade Trophy for Latics after losing their opening group game 1-2 to Barnsley at Boundary Park.

Manager Frankie Bunn is hoping his team will show a response to the defeat against Carlisle when they travel to the Northern Commercials Stadium at Valley Parade.

“We played a young side against Barnsley, so we may change that, we go to Bradford to win a game of football.” He said.

“It’s a good chance to bounce back and that’s the beauty of football, there’s always another game, so we'll dust ourselves down and come back fighting.”

Bunn confirmed before the Carlisle game that Aston Villa loanee Jordan Lyden would take some part in the fixture against Bradford which is Oldham’s only real injury update.

The hosts come into the game after struggling thus far in the Sky Bet League One.

Bradford currently occupy a place in the relegation zone and have already had one managerial change as David Hopkin replaced Michael Collins at the start of September.

However, The Bantams have picked up two points in the Checkatrade Trophy so far this campaign after defeating Everton U21s on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

Sean Scannell was sent off in Bradford’s game with Sunderland on Saturday, however the ban will not count towards tonight’s game.

The sides met three times last season with Latics winning two and the other ending in a draw.

One of those victories came in the Checkatrade Trophy as Tope Obadeyi’s early strike secured a 0-1 win for Latics at the Northern Commercials Stadium at Valley Parade.

Interestingly, Latics have won all three games in which the sides have met in this competition which a 2-0 victory in 2011 and a 1-0 victory in 2014, both at Boundary Park.

Oldham Athletic are priced at 13/8 to beat Bradford City tonight.

Oldham Athletic supporters in the UK will be able to watch this evening’s match live for £10 via iFollow Latics.

Sam Rosbottom and Roy Butterworth will be talking you through the match and there will also be on-screen graphics.

To purchase a match pass for tonight’s match, click here.


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