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Colchester United vs. Latics

Sky Bet League Two - Matchday 4

2 October 2020

Latics travel to Colchester in pursuit of their first Sky Bet League Two win of the season (3pm KO).

Last time out, Harry Kewell’s side fell to a 3-2 defeat at Boundary Park to Crawley Town whilst the U’s lost 1-0 to West Ham U21s in the EFL Trophy in their last outing.

Colchester are unbeaten in their opening three league fixtures, winning one and drawing twice.

United also missed out on promotion to League One last season, losing the play-off semi-final to Exeter City.

Head-to-Head

Latics have won 15 of the 49 encounters between the two clubs. 20 have been draws and the U’s winning 14.

The sides met just once last season and Colchester got the better of Oldham at Boundary Park with Frank Nouble scoring the only goal of the game.

The last time that Latics travelled to Colchester they ran out 2-0 winners with Alex Iacovitti and Callum Lang on the scoresheet in a game which dented the hosts play-off hopes and completed three straight wins.

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Watch Out For

Latics will have to watch out for Callum Harriott.

The Guyana winger began his career with Charlton Athletic and he made 95 appearances for the Addicks scoring 12 goals.

During his time with Charlton, Harriott was loaned to Colchester in August 2015 and he became a popular figure, scoring five goals in 20 games before going back to his parent club in January 2016.

In August 2016, Harriott joined Reading for an undisclosed fee but struggled to make a real impact at the Madejski Stadium and featured just 29 times in three seasons with club, registering four goals in the process.

Re-joining Colchester United in September 2019, Harriot played 22 times in League two scoring three times before the premature ending to the season.

Harriott was capped at England under-19 level but has since represented Guyana at full international level.

A Foot In Both Camps

Current Maidstone United player George Elokobi has had previous spells with Oldham and Colchester.

The 34 year-old made his first Football League appearances with the U’s between 2004 and 2008.

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He spent the 2014/15 season at Boundary Park, making 27 appearances before departing back to Colchester United.

His second spell with Colchester lasted two seasons before he departed to Leyton Orient.

In The Dugout

Steve Ball is the man in the dugout for the hosts.

Ball had been assistant manager to previous head coach John McGreal for four years and took the job following the departure of McGreal.

The 51 year-old has represented the U’s at playing level as well as in the dugout, making 64 appearances for the U’s in the 90s.

This is Ball’s first posting as manager in the Football League but he does have experience of managing in non-league with Stanway Rovers, Clacton Town, Leiston and Maldon and Tiptree.

Stadium

Colchester United play at the Colchester Community Stadium which is also known as the JobServe Community Stadium for sponsorship reasons.

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The ground opened in 2008 with the first outing seeing the U’s take on Spanish side Athletic Bilbao.

The ground has a capacity of 10,105 and the record attendance is 10,064 for a League One clash with Norwich City.

Match Officials

Referee: Paul Howard
Assistants: Paul Kelly & Darren Blunden
Fourth Official: Damith Bandara 

The man in the middle has only officiated two games this season so far which have been in the EFL Trophy and Sky Bet League Two with a total of seven yellows handed out.

Promoted from the National League last season this means it will be the first time both teams have had Howard’s services.

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Sky Bet Odds

Colchester are seen as favourites for the Sky Bet League Two side and are priced at 21/20.

Odds on Latics to win at the JobServe Community Stadium and the game to end level are both priced at 12/5.

Danny Rowe scored the first goal in Latics last league outing and he is priced at 6/1 to do the same against the U’s.

Please gamble responsibly, for more information visit www.begambleaware.org 

How To Follow The Game

Because the game is classed as behind-closed-doors, supporters can tune into a live match stream with commentary available for all subscribers on iFollow Latics, as Roy Butterworth and Michael Brown talk you through the action.

This match is available as a live stream for the fee of £10.

Kick off 19:00 (UK)

Visit the Live Match Centre to access form guides, live text commentary and live access to the match on iFollow

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


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