Latics are looking to bounce back from the latest defeat against Barrow when they travel South to Brisbane Road to take on Leyton Orient (3pm KO).
Barrow halted a three-game winning run across all competitions and Keith Curle’s men will be hoping that get back to winning ways to offer some positivity.
Orient have enjoyed a solid start to their Sky Bet League Two campaign.
With just one loss in the league, coming against Harrogate Town, the O’s currently occupy a place in the play-off spaces.
Both of their league wins so far have come on home turf, against Exeter City and Bradford City, and they will be hoping to have yet more success at Brisbane Road when Oldham come to town.
The O’s Last Six:
- Newport County 2-2 Leyton Orient
- Leyton Orient 2-0 Bradford City
- Leyton Orient 0-2 Harrogate Town
- Carlisle United 1-1 Leyton Orient
- Leyton Orient 3-0 Exeter City
- Leyton Orient 1-1 Queens Park Rangers (Carabao Cup, lost on penalties)
Latics wins: 26
Leyton Orient wins: 21
Scored - 102
Conceded - 88
Latics did not enjoy the best of times against the O’s last campaign, suffering defeat in both of the two League Two games played between the two clubs.
The 2020/21 season kicked off at Boundary Park, with Leyton Orient the opposition. It looked to be heading for a stalemate but a late goal from Danny Johnson saw his side leave the North West with maximum points.
In the reverse fixture, two first half goals for Orient proved to be enough to see them win the game and a 61st minute Alfie McCalmont strike proved just to be a consolation.
Watch Out For
Forward Harry Smith has started the season in fine form.
The summer signing, who Keith Curle managed at Northampton Town, already looks to be an inspired choice at Brisbane Road and boasts an impressive four goals in his opening five appearances.
This includes a brace scored in Orient’s last fixture. Twice he gave his side the lead away at Newport County, but the Welsh side pegged Orient back on both occasions to claim a point.
His other goals have come in a 1-1 draw with Carlisle United and their 2-0 win against Bradford City.
Only Forest Green Rovers’ Matthew Stevens has scored more than the 26-year-old and he will be looking to add to his tally on Saturday.
Stadium - Brisbane Road
Built in: 1937
Record attendance: 34,345 (vs. West Ham United, 1964)
In The Dugout
Kenny Jackett is the man in the dugout for the hosts.
The 59-year-old was appointed in May 2021, replacing Jobi McAnuff as boss.
Jackett has also previously managed Watford, Swansea, Millwall, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Rotherham United and Portsmouth.
As a player, Jackett represented Watford over 300 times and won 31 caps for the Welsh national side.
The man in the middle for the game is Ben Toner.
His last fixture in charge of Latics arrived in April 2021 as we lost 1-0 against Stevenage at Boundary Park and he handed out zero red cards as well as three yellow cards.
He took charge of 32 games last campaign, handing out a total of 96 yellow cards and two red cards.
Toner will be assisted by Graeme Fyvie and Kevin Howick, with Stephen Brown the Fourth Official.
Sky Bet Odds
The O’s have been made odds on favourites by the bookies and are priced at 4/5 to win their third game of the season and strengthen their grip on a place in the top seven.
Latics are 16/5 to win their second league game of the season and 5/2 is the price for the draw.
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.
Alternatively, supporters can also follow the game with live updates on the club's official Twitter account: @OfficialOAFC