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Latics vs. Accrington Stanley

Carabao Cup - Round Two

24 August 2021

© Eddie Garvey

Latics are looking to bounce back from defeat at the weekend in the league as they continue their Carabao Cup campaign tonight (7pm KO).

Sky Bet League One side Accrington Stanley are the obstacle for Keith Curle’s men reaching the third round of the competition.

Form Guide

Stanley have made an impressive start to their league season, winning three of their first four league games.

Defeat on the opening day to recently relegated Wycombe Wanderers does not seem to be have been a sign of things to come and they have won each game since.

Cambridge United, Doncaster Rovers and Crewe Alexandra have been defeated by John Coleman’s men.

This puts them right up there and they currently occupy 5th place in the league.

Cup Run

Latics showed impressive spirit and fight to overturn a two goal deficit against Tranmere Rovers in their first round tie.

Dylan Bahamboula and an own goal saw Oldham wrestle their way back into the game before the lads kept their cool from the penalty spot to book their place in the draw for the next round.

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Accrington overcame fellow third division side Rotherham United away from home with Dion Charles and Colby Bishop on the scoreline in a 2-1 victory.

Head-to-Head

Meetings: 5

Latics wins: 2
Accrington wins: 3
Draws: 0

Latics have been unsuccessful in each of the previous three meetings with Stanley in their current format, with plenty of history between the two sides going way back.

The last time they met was in the Papa John's Trophy in 2019, Accrington ran out 3-0 winners at Boundary Park.

The last time Oldham got the better of their North West rivals was in September 2007. Goals from Andy Liddell, Craig Davies and Matthew Wolfenden saw Latics come from two goals down to claim victory in the Johnstone Paint Trophy.

Watch Out For

Dion Charles will be looking to maintain his scoring record in this year’s league cup.

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The 25-year-old forward netted the opener in their first round success over Rotherham United and his goals in recent seasons have earned him some high praise.

Charles began his youth career with Blackpool, but he had to delve into the non-league to get his first taste of senior football.

He played games for AFC Fylde, Skelmersdale United, Halifax Town and Southport before winning a deal with Accrington Stanley in 2019.

Following a solid first season with Stanley that saw him score nine in all competitions, he really found his feet last season, netting an impressive 21 goals.

His form has been so good that he has found himself called up to the Northern Ireland national team, an impressive feat for the striker.

In The Dugout

John Coleman is the man in the dugout for the visitors.

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Stanley legend Coleman is currently enjoying his second spell with the club.

In his first spell at the Wham Stadium, Coleman oversaw an incredible three promotions that led Stanley to the Football League in 2006.

In the middle of his two spells, he managed Rochdale, Southport and Sligo Rovers before re-joining in September 2014.

Match Officials

The man in the middle is Sebastian Stockbridge.

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His last fixture in charge of Latics arrived in May 2021 as we lost 3-0 on the last day of the season against Forest Green Rovers at Boundary Park and he handed out two yellow cards.

He took charge of 31 games last campaign, handing out a total of 100 yellow cards and four red cards.

He will be assisted by Kelvin Mulraine and Steven Rushton, with Lewis Smith the Fourth Official.

Sky Bet Odds

Unsurprisingly, the League One side have been made favourites to progress into the third round and are currently priced at 11/10 to win the game in 90 minutes.

Latics are 21/10 to enjoy further cup success.

You can get odds of 5/1 for Oldham to make it into the third round of the league cup via a penalty shootout.

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How To Follow The Game

Live commentary is only available on iFollow Latics with Roy Butterworth and Michael Brown who will be talking you through the match.

For more information, visit the iFollow Latics page by clicking here.

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


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