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MATCH PREVIEW: Oldham Athletic vs. Northampton Town

1 November 2019

Oldham Athletic are back in action at Boundary Park for the only time in November tomorrow in Sky Bet League Two when Northampton Town visit (3pm).

Latics come into the game with back-to-back clean sheets, yielding four points last week with a win at home to Walsall on the Tuesday before a goalless draw at Port Vale last weekend.

Whilst the visitors Northampton Town are looking for their fourth win on the bounce after the last three all finished with a 2-0 margin against Salford, Carlisle and Cambridge.

The fixture is also Oldham Athletic's designated Remembrance fixture with the players wearing black armbands with poppies on whilst the club conduct a service before kick-off to honour those who have made and still make the ultimate sacrifice in our armed forces.

Head Coach Dino Maamria knows it's going to be one of the tougher tests in the division but is keen to focus on his own side and their strengths.

"Keith Curle is an experienced manager at this level. They've spent a lot in the summer and recruited arguably one of the best squads in League Two. 

"They've started slow like any club really when you get a lot of new players together, it's always going to take a little bit to get going but unfortunately for us they got going in the last two weeks. 

"I know their players pretty well and I know the way they play and what to expect from a Keith Curle team."

He continued: "They're going to be strong, be organised defensively and we have to make sure we defend them properly as there will be a resilience to them with their attacking threat and we have to expose their weaknesses which is to play football around them.

"But the focus is always about us and improving certain aspects of our game, in possession and out of possession.

"As a game we're looking forward to it and come into it in a good moment. Hopefully our fans will come in with numbers to back us as it's a big game for us. We need them and if we come out with the right result we'll be in a much better place."

Latics will be without several first team players again through injury but defender Tomas Egert is back from his three game suspension after his red card at Mansfield.

Mohammed Maouche, Zak Mills and Johan Branger-Engone are still on the treatment table but are getting closer to full fitness.

With academy products still expeceted to be named on the bench, especially 15 year-old striker Zak Emmerson.

After a slow start to the season, Northampton have picked up in recent weeks after an impressive summer of recruitment.

The side currently sit in 8th place and have had some more good news on the injury front as Keith Curle's team also gets back to full fitness.

With the addition of Paul Anderson and Steve Arnold, Egli Kaja is also back fit and available for selection.

The last time the sides met at Boundary Park was in the last game of last season where the Cobblers ran out 5-2 winners after Latics took the lead in the early stages.

Oldham Athletic are priced at 6/4 to beat Northampton Town tomorrow afternoon.

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

To subscribe to the iFollow Latics click this link.

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


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