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Latics vs. Forest Green Rovers

Sky Bet League Two - Matchday 46

7 May 2021

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Latics conclude their 2020/21 Sky Bet League Two season this weekend as they welcome Forest Green Rovers to Boundary Park (3pm KO).

Keith Curle's men will be hoping to end the season on a high note following back-to-back defeats.
 
Last time out, it was Mansfield Town who got the better of Oldham with a goal on Zak Dearnley's return coming in vain as his side fell to a 4-1 defeat.
 

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Form Guide
 
Forest Green know that a win in the final game of the season will guarantee them a place in the play-offs.
 
However, they do come into the game on the back of a tricky run of form that has seen them win just two of their last 11 games and losing six of the matches in that sequence.
 
Rovers know that they are one of three sides that are looking to make 7th place their own and they will no doubt have one eye on the results of Exeter City and Salford City.
 
Last time out, they managed a crucial win against fellow promotion hopefuls Tranmere Rovers to put a playoff spot in their own hands going into the last day.
 
Rovers' last six:
  1. Forest Green Rovers 2-1 Tranmere Rovers
  2. Forest Green Rovers 0-2 Barrow
  3. Crawley Town 0-0 Forest Green Rovers
  4. Forest Green Rovers 0-0 Exeter City
  5. Forest Green Rovers 3-2 Scunthorpe United
  6. Walsall 2-1 Forest Green Rovers

Kick off 15:00 (UK)

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Head-to-Head
 
Meetings: 5
 
Latics wins: 0
Forest Green wins: 2
Draws: 3
 
For: 5
Against: 7
 
Latics are still looking for their first competitive victory over their opposition.
 
Oldham have turned up to the New Lawn twice this season, but the first time around the game was abandoned due to thick fog that meant players and officials struggled to see the other end of the pitch.
 
The score was 1-1 at the time but Rovers were the side that got the better of things in the replayed fixture. In an exciting contest, it finished 4-3 with Bobby Grant and Conor McAleny on the scoresheet for Latics.
 
Watch Out For
 
Aaron Collins was the man who scored Rovers' winner in their previous game against Tranmere.
 
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The attacker is their second highest scorer with eight and he has also chipped in with six assists.
 
He began his career with Newport County and his performances caught the attention of the higher divisions and Wolverhampton Wanderers signed him in the summer of 2016.
 
Subsequent loan spells with Notts County, Tranmere Rovers, Maidstone United, Newport County and Colchester United followed his move to Molinuex, but the forward left the club without making an appearance. 
 
His contract was mutually terminated in January 2019, but Collins wasn't long without a club and made the move to Morecambe the next month.
 
With an impressive eight goals and four assists in just 15 games for the Shrimpers, Forest Green decided to sign him in June 2019.
 
Since arriving at the New Lawn, Collins has played 80 times, scoring 13 times.
 
In The Dugout
 
Jimmy Ball is the new man in the dugout for the visitors.
 
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Ball was named interim manager, stepping up from his role with the U18s, following the departure of former boss Mark Cooper a few weeks ago.
 
This is his first post in football management and he has an excellent chance to get a promotion on his CV quickly.
 
Match Officials
 
The referee in charge is Sebastian Stockbridge.
 

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He has taken charge of 30 games in this campaign handing out 98 bookings and four red cards.

The last fixture he officiated involving Latics was in February 2021 as we picked a 2-2 draw away at Tranmere Rovers as Dylan Bahamboula scored a spectacular equaliser.

His assistants are Richard Woodward and Bradley Hall with Christopher Sarginson as the Fourth Official.

Sky Bet Odds
 
Forest Green Rovers have been made big favourites to book their place in the playoff places and are priced at 4/5 to win the game.
 
Latics are out at 3/1 to secure their first ever competitive win over Rovers and the draw is priced at 13/5.

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How To Follow The Game

Fixture News

Fixture news for Oldham Athletic vs Forest Green Rovers on 08 May 21

4 May 2021

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.

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

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As a result iFollow generates one of the only revenue streams available to clubs through these financial challenges. 

Piracy - and illegal streaming of matches - does not only carry the risk of potential criminal action, but also has a greater financial impact on clubs while supporters are unable to attend matches. 

The EFL's campaign would like to not only convey the message that piracy is immoral and illegal, but that it is also financially damaging club's across the divisions.

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

Oldham Athletic would like to make it clear that all fixtures are still strictly-behind-closed doors with spectators not being allowed entry.

Extensive guidelines are in place for the safety of officials and players whilst the events are taking place.

It is important you do not travel or attempt to visit Boundary Park on the day, especially with the lockdown restrictions in place.


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