Latics welcome Stevenage to Boundary Park this weekend as they continue their Sky Bet League Two campaign (3pm KO).
Last time out, Keith Curle’s men drew 0-0 away at Mansfield Town and they will be hoping to go one better this time around.
Stevenage are unbeaten in their last four games in all competitions; a much welcome return to some form after they went nine games without success.
That run of four games features three league outings with a win coming against Hartlepool United. They also beat League One side Oxford United 2-1 in the EFL Trophy.
They are currently 15th in League Two, five points ahead of Oldham. Similarly to Latics, they have won 50% of their first two games in the EFL Trophy and still have a chance to book their place in the knockout round.
Boro’s Last Six:
- Stevenage 2-2 Exeter City
- Oxford United 1-2 Stevenage
- Stevenage 2-0 Hartlepool United
- Harrogate Town 0-0 Stevenage
- Stevenage 0-4 Forest Green Rovers
- Sutton United 2-1 Stevenage
Latics wins: 3
Stevenage wins: 5
Last season, Boro got the better over Latics on both occasions that they came up against each other.
In September 2020, a strong second half from the hosts at Broadhall Way was enough to see them claim a comfortable victory.
Second half strikes from Elliot Osborne, Luther James-Wildin and Luke Prosser gave Stevenage a 3-0 win.
In the reverse fixture at Boundary Park, a solitary strike from Scott Cuthbert gave the visitors all three points in April 2021.
Latics will be hoping that they can turn their fortunes around against Boro as they have not managed to win any of their last five meetings against them.
You have to go back to January 2014 for Latics’ last win against Stevenage. A 13th minute goal from James Wesolowski was the only goal of the game at Boundary Park.
Watch Out For
Few players have had better starts to the season in League Two than Stevenage’s Elliott List.
With seven goals already this campaign in all competitions, List has been a huge player for Boro so far this term.
He comes into the game in brilliant form, having scored both of Stevenage’s goals in their 2-2 draw with Exeter City last time out.
He was also on target in their recent win over Hartlepool United, grabbing their second less than a minute after the interval.
The 24-year-old played for Crystal Palace as a youth player before earning his first professional contract at Gillingham.
Whilst with the Gills, he scored 10 goals in 102 games.
To show just how impressive List’s season has been so far, he is already close to matching his best season of his career.
In The Dugout
Alex Revell is the man in the dugout for the visitors.
Revell has been manager at Stevenage since February 2020 following the resignation of previous boss Graham Westley.
He had just two games before the season was brought to a premature end as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. A 14th placed finish was achieved during his first full season as boss, with Boro’s form improving drastically during the second half of the campaign.
Stevenage are one of the many teams that Revell represented as a player.
The official in the middle for the game is Robert Madley.
Initially, Rebecca Welch was appointed as the referee for the match, however, it's recently been changed.
Madley last officiated an Latics game in December 2020 as we picked up a 4-2 win against Newport County at Rodney Park. On that day, he handed out three yellow cards and zero red cards.
He's taken charge of nine games, so far, this campaign, handing out a total of 29 yellow cards and one red card.
Madley will be assisted by Paul Stonier and Geoffrey Russell, with Ben Toner the Fourth Official.
Sky Bet Odds
Currently, Latics are slight favourites to pick up a much needed three points and are 8/5 to do so.
Stevenage are 13/8 to win and keep their recent improved form going.
Both sides drew last time out and 11/5 is the price for the draw this time around.
How To Follow The Game
Live commentary is available on iFollow Latics with Roy Butterworth and Michael Brown who will be talking you through the match.
The iFollow video match pass is available for overseas residents only. Please note there will be no match pass available for UK residents on iFollow now it is no longer taking place behind-closed-doors alongside the Saturday 3pm blackout enforced by the footballing governing bodies.
Alternatively, supporters can also follow the game with live updates on the club's official Twitter account: @OfficialOAFC.