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MATCH PREVIEW: Blackburn Rovers vs. Oldham Athletic

13 August 2019

Oldham Athletic are back in action tonight as they take on Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park in the first round of the Carabao Cup (7:45pm).

At the weekend, Latics suffered a 2-1 defeat at home to Crewe Alexandra in a Sky Bet League Two fixture.

Oldham took the lead through Christopher Missilou before former Latics striker Chris Porter netted twice to pick up three points for his side.

Head Coach Laurent Banide wants to see more spirit and character from his side against Blackburn Rovers.

“Every time we go into a game we want a result because it’s the way that we work, we must play for a result and try to have better positioning, better spirit and better quality." He said.

“We can improve by the game, training is not important but what is important is that we must see in the game what we work on in the training ground at the moment we don’t see enough.

“In training, everybody works well and in the game, it isn’t the same, we expect more quality.”

Latics will be without the injured trio of David Wheater, Marvin Kokos and Tomas Egert.

Wheater was more of a precaution according to Banide, with the Latics Head Coach not taking a risk on the central defender unless he's fully fit.

Blackburn Rovers could make a whole host of changes tonight with Greg Cunningham expected to make his debut.

They currently sit bottom of the Sky Bet Championship table after losing their opening two games against Charlton Athletic and Fulham.

The last time Latics and Blackburn met was in February 2018 at Ewood Park.

Latics went into half time 2-0 ahead from an impressive double from Duckens Nazon, but Rovers pulled two goals back in the second half to share the points.

Oldham Athletic are priced at 6/1 to beat Blackburn Rovers.

If it's a draw after ninety minutes tonight then the game will go to a penalty shootout.

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

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Alternatively, supporters can follow the game with live updates on the club’s official Twitter account: @OfficialOAFC.

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