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MATCH PREVIEW: Mansfield Town vs. Oldham Athletic

11 October 2019

Oldham Athletic are back on the road as they travel to Mansfield Town tomorrow in the Sky Bet League Two fixture (3pm).

Latics are back in action after a 3-0 defeat to Accrington Stanley in the Leasing.com Trophy on Tuesday night and the Head Coach is demanding a reaction with the return of some important players who were rested before taking on Mansfield.

“They've probably got the best squad on paper in League Two.

“They have experienced players; they've been top end of League Two for the past three years and they spend heavily.

“They have a lot of options across the pitch, so they're a strong team without a shadow of a doubt.

“They haven't had the start they were looking for, they're probably in a transition period as well as us when a new manager coming in.

“Whichever way we play, I'm aware of their threats and their weaknesses, so hopefully we'll be well prepared for it.”

Maamria heads into the game without Desire Segbe Azankpo and Zeus de la Paz who are both on international duty, whilst Gregor Zabret could be called into action between the sticks due to the ongoing treatment with Gary Woods' injury.

Dylan Fage is still available for selection as the red card is strictly for the Leasing.com Trophy compeititon.

The Nottinghamshire based side have had a similar tough start to the season, sitting two places above in 19th with 13 points.

The Stags were also defeated midweek in the Leasing.com Trophy on penalties at home to Crewe, but recorded an important 1-0 victory at Grimsby in the league last weekend. The goal coming in the sixth minute of stoppage time with virtually the last kick of the game.

The hosts are still getting back to a fully-fit squad but Matt Preston and Hayden White are out whilst their serve their respective suspensions.

Familar faces may be present in John Dempster's squad in the form of former Latics players Craig Davies, Jacob Mellis and most recently Dapo Afolayan.

Both sides have had success in these meetings over the years. However, last season Latics played out a goalless draw at Mansfield just over 12 months ago to the date before beating the Yellows in front of the TV cameras 3-2 at Boundary Park in April.

Oldham Athletic are priced at 3/1 to beat Mansfield Town.

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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