Latics welcome Scunthorpe United to Boundary Park on Boxing Day for a crucial Sky Bet League Two clash (3pm KO).
It will have been over two weeks since Oldham’s previous game due to the Crawley Town fixture being postponed, their last outing was a dramatic 5-5 draw with top of the table Forest Green Rovers.
Latics showed great character in the game to come from 4-1 behind and salvage a share of the points.
Oldham’s festive opposition’s last win came back in October as they defeated Crawley Town 2-1.
Since, there have been nine attempts in all competitions, with the Iron failing to win any of them.
However, of late they haven’t been losing very many games. Five of their previous six league meetings have ended in a draw, with 1-1 proving to be the most common outcome.
Like Latics, they too saw their previous game cancelled and have had an extended break from action since their goalless draw with Hartlepool United.
United are 24th in the League Two table, behind Latics on just goal difference.
The Iron’s Last Six:
- Hartlepool United 0-0 Scunthorpe United
- Stevenage 1-1 Scunthorpe United
- Scunthorpe United 1-1 Bradford City
- Scunthorpe United 1-1 Leyton Orient
- Mansfield Town 3-1 Stevenage
- Scunthorpe United 1-1 Salford City
Latics wins: 16
Scunthorpe United wins: 20
Scored - 73
Conceded - 81
Latics picked up just one point in the games between the two clubs in the previous League Two season.
They will have bad memories from the last time they met.
Oldham had the lead thanks to an Alfie McCalmont strike in the 48th minute but a 93rd-minute leveller from Jordan Hallam restored parity and earned a point for his side at Glanford Park.
In the reverse fixture, Latics fell to a 2-0 defeat to the Iron.
The last time that Oldham got the better of Scunthorpe came in March 2018.
Goals from Patrick McEleney and Eoin Doyle gave them a 2-0 win at Glanford Park in a League One fixture.
Latics signed two former Scunthorpe men in the summer transfer window just gone.
The first of these is Jordan Clarke. The defender represented the Iron between 2015 and 2021, making 179 appearances for the club, scoring five goals.
Meanwhile, fellow defender Harrison McGahey spent two and a half seasons as a Scunthorpe player, featuring 63 times. Since joining Latics, Clarke has featured 23 times whilst McGahey has turned out 16 times for his new club.
In The Dugout
Keith Hill is the man in the dugout for the visitors.
Hill, 52, was appointed manager at Glanford Park on the 5th of November this year.
Whilst, he is still waiting for his first win as boss, he has been successful in making the Iron a hard team to beat as he has only presided over one league defeat.
The experienced boss has also had managerial stints at Rochdale, Barnsley, Bolton Wanderers and Tranmere Rovers.
The official in the middle for the game is Sebastian Stockbridge.
Stockbridge last officiated a Latics game in August 2021 as we beat Accrington Stanley on penalties following 0-0 draw at Boundary Park in the Carabao Cup. On that day, he handed out two yellow cards and zero red cards.
He's taken charge of 19 games, so far, this campaign, handing out a total of 62 yellow cards and two red cards.
Stockbridge will be assisted by Daniel Woodward and Ivan Stankovic, with Andrew Hendley as the Fourth Official.
Sky Bet Odds
Latics are favourites to win the Boxing Day clash, priced just above evens at 21/20.
United are 5/2 to pick up their first win since October and 23/10 is the price for Scunthorpe to draw yet another Sky Bet League Two game.
How To Follow The Game
Live match action on the £10 'match pass' is available on iFollow Latics in the UK and overseas for supporters who can't attend in person, with Roy Butterworth and Michael Brown talking you through the match action.
Alternatively, supporters can also follow the game with live updates on the club's official Twitter account: @OfficialOAFC.