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MATCH PREVIEW: Fulham vs. Oldham Athletic

6 January 2019

Oldham Athletic travel to Premier League side Fulham today in the third round of the Emirates FA Cup (2pm).

Latics have overcome non-league sides Hampton & Richmond Borough and Maidstone United to reach this stage of the competition whereas Fulham as a Premier League side don’t come into the Emirates FA Cup until the third round.

Caretaker manager Pete Wild will be taking the team once again and he believes his side have a chance of causing the cup upset.

“Of course, we can get the upset, why would we bother going if we didn't think we could win the game.” He said.

“It's 11v11 at the end of the day and we've got a great history of cup upsets.

“We've got to go down there with the mindset that we're going to cause an upset and if we can do then it'll be fantastic.”

Wild has overseen two victories so far in his two games in caretaker charge with the squad going into the game full of confidence they can pull off a victory.

Latics still have several injuries within the squad, but Wild put to bed a few rumours by confirming Sam Surridge, Jordan Lyden and Callum Lang will all be available.

New signing Mohamed Sylla could also be involved in the matchday squad.

Fulham currently sit 19th in the Premier League with Claudio Ranieri taking over from Slaviša Jokanović as manager earlier in the season.

Fulham have picked up nine points since Ranieri was appointed as manager on November 14 and a cup run may provide a confidence boost in their relegation battle.

Fulham were knocked out of the Emirates FA Cup in the third-round last season after losing to Southampton.

Ranieri will be without defender Alfie Mawson when Latics travel on Sunday as he is just started rehabilitation for his recent injury.

Being a cup tie, Fulham may rotate their squad around, but whoever they play will provide a tough test for Latics.

Oldham Athletic are priced at 15/2 to beat Fulham.

Sam Rosbottom 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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