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Latics vs. Swindon Town

Sky Bet League Two - Matchday 15

29 October 2021

© Eddie Garvey

Latics welcome Swindon Town to Boundary Park for their latest Sky Bet League Two clash on Saturday (3pm KO).

Oldham picked up a point last time out as Keith Curle took his side to his former employers Carlisle United.

The game finished goalless, a result that sees Latics in 21st place.


Form Guide

Swindon have enjoyed a decent season, so far, as they look to bounce back from Sky Bet League One relegation.

However, last time out they did fall to a 3-1 defeat at home to Bradford City, their first loss following seven games without one in all competitions previously. Swindon have also won their last four away matches in all competitions, going 10 unbeaten on the road in all competitions, stretching back to losing 5-0 at MK Dons last season.

Prior to the Bantams defeat, Town had won three of their last four league ties and as a result they are sitting in a healthy seventh place in the division.

Whilst they currently occupy a place in the play-offs, they will no doubt be eyeing up the automatic spots as they are just one point from Northampton Town in third.

They have also made a good start to their EFL Trophy campaign, winning both of their matches, so far.

First, they overcame Arsenal’s under 21 side and more recently they won 3-1 down at League One opposition Plymouth Argyle.

The Robins’ Last Six:

  1. Swindon Town 1-3 Bradford City
  2. Sutton United 1-2 Swindon Town
  3. Swindon Town 2-2 Rochdale
  4. Plymouth Argyle 1-3 Swindon Town (EFL Trophy)
  5. Forest Green Rovers 0-2 Swindon Town
  6. Bristol Rovers 1-3 Swindon Town


Meetings: 58

Latics wins: 22
Swindon wins: 20
Draws: 16

Scored - 79
Conceded - 84

The last time that the two sides faced off against one another was December 2019, with Swindon winning 2-0 at the County ground.

The Robins secured all three points, a goal in time added on at the end of the first half for Kaiyne Woolery got the scoring going before former Latic Eoin Doyle wrapped up the points in the 85th minute.

The last time that the fixture was played at Boundary Park was back in April 2019. George Edmundson gave the hosts the lead but goals from Michael Doughty on the brink of half time and then Kyle Bennett on the hour mark put Town in the lead.

A 70th minute strike from Johan Branger ensured that Oldham didn’t leave the game empty handed.

Watch Out For

Midfielder Jack Payne top scores for the Robins this season with five goals to his name, including one last time out.

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The 27-year-old began his career with Southend United. He enjoyed a good time with the club culminating in his superb final season.

He netted nine times in 32 games in said season, winning the Southend United player of the year award in the process.

This caught the attention of Championship side Huddersfield Town, who signed Payne on a three-year deal.

He made his debut for the Terriers against Brentford on the 6th of August 2016 and he grabbed his first goal for the club just a week later, scoring the winning goal against Newcastle United at St. James’ Park.

Payne was part of the side that won their historic promotion to the Premier League, but the midfielder wasn’t given an opportunity at the top level and was instead shipped out on loan three times before moving permanently to Lincoln City in 2019.

He joined current club Swindon Town in August 2020.

In The Dugout

In the dugout for the visitors is Ben Garner.

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The 41-year-old Head Coach was appointed boss at the County ground in July of this year.

This is his second job in management with his other spell coming with Bristol Rovers.

His other footballing experience includes backroom staff roles at Crystal Palace, West Bromwich Albion and ATK (Indian Super League club).

Match Officials

The official in the middle for the game is Anthony Backhouse.


Backhouse last officiated an Latics game in December 2020 as we picked up a 3-1 win against Bradford City at Boundary Park. On that day, he handed out five yellow cards and zero red cards.

He's taken charge of 11 games, so far, this campaign, handing out a total of 47 yellow cards and zero red cards.

Backhouse will be assisted by Richard Woodward and Paul Stonier, with Wayne Grunnill as the Fourth Official.

Sky Bet Odds

Swindon are 23/20 favourites to strengthen their promotion chances with a win at Boundary Park.

Meanwhile Latics are 23/10 to bag a crucial three points whilst 9/4 is the price on the points being shared.

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How To Follow The Game

Club News

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28 October 2021

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

Unfortunately an iFollow match pass stream isn't available in the UK due to the 3pm blackout from broadcasters.

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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