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MATCH PREVIEW: Oldham Athletic vs. Port Vale

19 October 2018

Oldham Athletic return to Boundary Park after the International break as they take on Port Vale in the Sky Bet League Two fixture (Kick off 3pm).

Frankie Bunn’s men come into the game off the back of an impressive 1-4 win away at Bradford City in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Despite that win, Bunn knows that his team must turn around the home form if Latics are to be challenging up at the top of the table.

“I thought it was a very good performance at Bradford, scoring four games away from home is something we want to try and replicate here.” He said.

“There's been a lot of goals scored at Boundary Park but unfortunately we've conceded a few, it's something we're looking to build on and improve upon.

“I’ve said it before, we're not the finished article yet, but we try to move forward and be positive in everything we do.”

Latics have no new fresh injury concerns other than Ousmane Fane who is still recovering from his problem he picked up in pre-season.

The visitors come into the game off the back of a 2-6 home defeat to league leaders Lincoln City last Saturday.

Neil Aspin’s men currently sit in 16th place in the table, three points behind Oldham, but they have also lost their last three league fixtures along with a win in the Checkatrade Trophy over Middlesbrough U21s.

The Valiants could be without Captain and star striker Tom Pope who missed the defeat to Lincoln with an ankle injury.

They will also be without the injured Scott Quigley and the suspended Ricky Miller.

However, young defender James Gibbons played 45 minutes in their Checkatrade Trophy match win over Middlesbrough U21s after his recent injury problems.

The last five meetings between the sides have finished in a draw with the latest coming in August 2017 in the Football League Trophy which finished 0-0.

Our last win against Port Vale came in 2015 after a Mike Jones goal secured a 0-1 win for Latics.

The last victory at Boundary Park came back in 2013 as Oldham ran out 3-1 winners thanks to an Adam Rooney double and a James Dayton strike.

Oldham Athletic are priced at 19/20 to claim the three points against Port Vale.

Mike Leyland and Roy Butterworth will be on commentary on iFollow Latics for supporters who cannot make the game.

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