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MATCH PREVIEW: Swindon Town vs. Oldham Athletic

13 December 2019

Latics travel to the County Ground to take on the Sky Bet League Two table toppers on Saturday (3pm KO).

Oldham extended their unbeaten run in the league to five matches last week with a 1-1 draw against Leyton Orient at Boundary Park, whilst Swindon won 3-0 at Grimsby to remain top of the league.

Form Guide

Latics have won two and drawn three of their last five games but after last week's draw dropped to 21st place in the table.

The Robins on the other hand have won their last six league matches which sees them top, three points ahead of their nearest rivals Exeter City.

The Robins’ last six:

  1. Cheltenham Town 1-1 Swindon Town (FA Cup)
  2. Bristol Rovers 1-0 Swindon Town (EFL Trophy)
  3. Salford City 2-3 Swindon Town
  4. Swindon Town 0-1 Cheltenham Town (FA Cup replay)
  5. Swindon Town 1-0 Mansfield Town
  6. Grimsby Town 0-3 Swindon Town

Head-to-Head

Oldham Athletic have faced Swindon 57 times in the club’s history; winning 22, drawing 16 and losing 19.

The last three times the sides have faced off against each other have resulted in draws and the last time that Athletic beat Town was April 2016 in a Sky Bet League One clash.

Oldham Athletic 2-0 Swindon Town – 5th April 2016

Latics boosted their chance of survival in Sky Bet League One with a 2-0 win against Swindon.

Liam Kelly gave the hosts the league in the 10th minute and the points were confirmed eight minutes from the end with Curtis Main making it two.

The win meant that John Sheridan’s side were in 21st place, one place and one point adrift in the relegation zone.

League Story So Far

The Robins have had a very impressive start to their Sky Bet League Two campaign and currently occupy first place.

Swindon started the season of with two wins on the bounce but then went the next three without victory.

Since then, they have won 10 of their following 15 games, including taking maximum points in their last six outings making them the form side of the division.

What We Said

Dino Maamria

"They're the best team in the league right now. I think that if you look at the players they have, Mathieu Baudry has won promotion from this level twice in the last three years with Doncaster Rovers and MK Dons and they've got Michael Doughty in the middle of the park with a terrific left foot, terrific box-to-box player.

"Also, they've Anthony Grant and he has won many promotions with different clubs and he's been around the block and their front three Kaiyne Woolery, Eoin Doyle and Jerry Yates they all can score and create goals and they're a real force going forward and they're a very good team."

He added: "That's what you get when you have those established players at this level because they know what to do at the right times and they have been doing that really well so it's going to be a tough test for us, like for anybody else, and we've got to be at our best to make sure that we don't give them the space that they like to operate in.

"We know their strengths and weaknesses and we'll try and work with that on Saturday."

What They Said

Richie Wellens

"But Oldham have decided to take some action by getting better players in, and they’ve taken a punt on David (Jones).

"They’ve got stacks of experience – players that are passed 30 years of age. But they also have a few lads in their early 20s, so there is a mixture.

"Oldham should be doing a lot better than where they are at this stage of the season."

Courtesy of the Swindon Advertiser. 

Watch Out For & Familiar Face

Eoin Doyle – Ex-Oldham Athletic frontman Eoin Doyle is in fine form for the Robins this season and currently leads the goalscoring charts for the division with 18 goals, that’s eight more than fellow Swindon star Jerry Yates who is second highest goal scorer in League Two.

Eoin Doyle at Portsmouth.jpg

Doyle signed for Latics on loan on the 31st August 2017 and became a fan favourite at Boundary Park as he went on to score 14 times in the league during his spell at the club.

The 31-year old Irish attacker signed for Bradford City in the summer of 2018 and managed 11 goals in 46 league appearances last season. Doyle was then loaned to Swindon Town ahead of this season to link-up with former manager Richie Wellens and his goals have helped the team to the top of the league so far.

He averages a goal every 92 minutes in Sky Bet League Two action this season.

Doyle scored four goals in three games in November which meant that he was awarded the Sky Bet League Two player of the month for a second successive time.

Stadium

Swindon play at the County Ground and they have made it a bit of a fortress, not losing there in the league since September.

The capacity of the stadium is 15,728.

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The County Ground has played host to the Robins since 1896.

The stadium boasts the accolade of being the first in the football league to have floodlights coming in, in 1951.

In The Dugout & Familiar Face

In the home dugout will be Richie Wellens.

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Wellens has been in charge at the County Ground since November 2018 but has also had a spell as Oldham Athletic manager.

He oversaw 43 league games as Latics manager but could not stop the club from being relegated to League Two. Oldham knew that a win on the last day could give them a chance of avoiding the drop to the fourth tier but Wellens’ men could only draw 2-2 and Rochdale’s victory over Charlton Athletic condemned Latics to relegation.

Wellens has also had time at Boundary Park as a player. He made 87 league appearances for the club in his first spell between 2005 and 2007 and later rejoined the club on loan from Doncaster Rovers in 2015 but he would only go on to feature in three league games.

Wellens had brief spells with Shrewsbury Town, Salford City and Macclesfield Town before retiring and going into management.

Town were fifth at the start of November but finished the month on top of the pile after three wins. Unsurprisingly, this impressive feat means that Richie Wellens was Sky Bet League Two’s manager of the month for November.

Ticket Information

Pay on the day will be available for Oldham Athletic’s trip to Swindon Town tomorrow.

The club have been given an initial allocation of 400 unreserved tickets with Oldham fans situated in the Arkells Stand.

Latics have sold 126 tickets so far and there will be no price increase for those paying at the away ticket office which is situated next to the stand.

Here are the ticket prices:

  • Adults - £23
  • Over 65’s - £17
  • Student - £17
  • Under 21’s - £10
  • Under 18’s - £6
  • Under 11’s - £3

The club has unfortunately had to cancel the official supporter's coach to Swindon Town.

How To Follow The Game

Live commentary is available on iFollow Latics with Mike Brown 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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