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MATCH PREVIEW: Oldham Athletic vs. Leyton Orient

6 December 2019

Latics return to Sky Bet League Two action on Saturday when Leyton Orient make the trip north to Boundary Park (3pm KO).

Oldham will be looking to bounce back from their 1-0 defeat to Burton Albion that saw the clubs exit from the Emirates FA Cup.

Heading into the weekend fixture there is just one point separating the two sides.

Form Guide

Latics will be hoping to continue their good league form that has them unbeaten in the last four games, keeping three clean sheets in the process.

Orient on the other hand haven’t won a game in 90 minutes since the 19th October when they went to Grimsby and beat the Mariners 4-0.

Orient's last six:

  1. Morecambe 1-0 Leyton Orient
  2. Leyton Orient 1-1 Brighton & Hove Albion Under 23s (won 4-2 pens - EFL Trophy)
  3. Leyton Orient 1-2 Maldon and Tiptree (FA Cup)
  4. Leyton Orient 0-2 Scunthorpe United
  5. Leyton Orient 2-4 Forest Green Rovers
  6. Bristol Rovers 1-1 Leyton Orient (lost 4-2 pens - EFL Trophy)

Head To Head

Latics have played Orient 63 times in the club’s history; winning 26, drawing 18 and losing 19. The last time that Oldham had the better of their opponents at the weekend was in the FA Cup back in November 2014.

Oldham Athletic 1-0 Leyton Orient – 8th November 2014

Oldham progressed through in an all-League One tie in the First Round of the FA Cup.

Mike Jones’ goal in the 38th minute was enough to see that Latics went into the hat for the Second Round.

League Story So Far

The O’s sit in 19th place in Sky Bet League Two with five wins from their opening 19 games.

Orient won their first game back in the Football League against Cheltenham Town but life in League Two has not been as straight forward since, Carl Fletcher was sacked as manager after just 29 days in charge.

They are winless in their last eight games in all competitions but sit one place and point ahead of Latics going into the fixture.

What We Said

Dino Maamria: "The Orient game is a huge game for us. A big game at home, I know they've got their problems and we're coming through the other side of our problems, so my focus has been to make sure we're ready to get three points on Saturday.

"To be fair their results do not reflect their performance because I've been watching their previous games. In the Scunthorpe game, they totally dominated and ended up losing it 2-0 so you sometimes don't get that rub of the green.

"Against Forest Green they lost 4-2 but that was not a 4-2 game. The first-half they were 3-0 down, I think in the second-half they totally dominated the game and at 3-2 they could've easily go on and got the equaliser, even when Forest Green scored the fourth they were still going forwards so they've got their threats there's no doubt about that. 

"They've also got some good players, got some experienced players at the level and it's going to be a difficult game for us. I've just told the players we can't afford to be less than 90% of our own performance level to get points in this league so we have to be at it."

What They Said

Ross Embleton: "We probably haven’t been in that position for a while now. We had a fairly fit and healthy squad at the start of the season and there was a lot of competition for places, but I think in recent times it hasn’t been quite as much of that.

"It is going to be difficult. I looked around at the squad before travelling to Bristol and it was difficult. You will have noticed one or two players weren’t with us. Of course, it is difficult, but I think I’d rather be in that situation rather than scratching my head thinking what team am I going to put out there."

Watch Out For

Josh Wright: The midfielder joined the O’s in June 2019 and has been a key player for Orient this campaign.

He has played in 17 of their 19 league games so far, this season, scoring six goals.

It is Wright’s third spell with the club, previously having loan moves to Brisbane Road in 2013 and 2014.

The 30-year-old joined from fellow league two side Bradford City and he has been capped at U16,17,18 and 19 level for England.

Wright has clearly made a positive impact on his arrival to Brisbane Road, the midfielder won back-to-back player of the month awards for September and October.

In The Dugout

In the away dugout will be Ross Embleton.

Embleton is the interim manager of the O’s taking over in November 2019 after Carl Fletcher was sacked after just 29 days in charge.

The 38-year-old’s only managerial experience comes with Orient and this is the third time that he has been made interim manager for a club close to heart after a difficult and emotional summer for the club.

Familiar Face

Current Latics goalkeeper Gary Woods has a foot in both camps.

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Woods made 17 league appearances in his two season spell with the O’s and was loaned north of the border to Ross County during his time with Leyton Orient. After his departure from the club he stayed in Scotland, signing for Hamilton Academical.

Woods left Hamilton to join up with Latics this summer and has made 11 league appearances between the sticks to date.

Ticket Information

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How To Follow The Game

Live commentary is available for all subscribers on iFollow Latics with Dominic Shaw and Roy Butterworth who will be talking you through the match.

The iFollow video match pass is available for overseas residents only.

To subscribe for the fixture, click here.

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


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