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Match Previews

Wrexham vs. Latics

5 November 2022

Match Previews

Wrexham vs. Latics

5 November 2022

Latics continue their FA Cup campaign with a trip to North Wales to take on divisional rivals Wrexham at the Racecourse ground.

Oldham will be hoping for a positive reaction after a disappointing week that saw them leave Altrincham and FC Halifax empty handed.

The opposition

Wrexham have been staple members of the National League and they have been at this level since relegation brought an end to their 87-year stay in the Football League in the 2007/08 season.

The last few seasons have been the closest that the Dragons have got to escaping the highest tier in non-league.

This can be attributed to the exciting takeover of the club that has brought much spotlight to the oldest Welsh club in existence.

Ambitious signings have revamped the side and they came close to promotion last term, finishing second, six points behind eventual winners Stockport County.

They went on to lose 5-4 to eventual playoff winners Grimsby Town in the semi final stage.


Cup Runs

To get to this stage, David Unsworth men were given the task of seeing off Chester.

It wasn’t plain sailing for Latics as they drew the home tie against National League North opposition and had to rely on a penalty shootout to book their place in the first round proper.

Similarly, Wrexham also didn’t have it all their own way. They to played National League North opposition in Blyth Spartans.

They were forced into a replay with a late Blyth goal in the North east sending the tie to a replay in Wales.

The dragons prevailed 3-2 in the reverse fixture, ensuring they made the first round.

Form Guide

Wrexham come into this game on an inspired run of form.

In the National League, they have won four and drawn one out of their previous five games, which has them breathing down the necks of the current league leaders Notts County.

The Dragons’ last six

Wrexham 1-0 Maidenhead

Wrexham 4-0 Altrincham

Wrexham 3-1 FC Halifax

Boreham Wood 1-1 Wrexham

Wrexham 3-2 Blyth Spartan (FA Cup fourth round qualifying replay)

Blyth Spartans 1-1 Wrexham (FA Cup fourth round qualifying)

Watch out for

Paul Mullin has an impressive 12 goals in 17 league games so far for Wrexham and he has also already got one FA Cup goal to his name this season.

The goalscoring prowess that Mullin has at this level is well known and he has also shown he is capable of doing it at a higher level.

He was top scorer in Sky Bet League Two, the season before the deal was done to take him to the racecourse ground.

The Merseyside born striker netted 26 times in 38 league games for Wrexham last term.

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In the dugout

The man in the dugout for the visitors is Phil Parkinson.

Parkinson was appointed as Wrexham manager in July 2021 in a move that summed up the ambitious approach in the Racecourse ground.

He arrived with a plethora of experience at a higher level with his last job coming in League One with Sunderland.

His most known managerial stint may be at Bradford City where he incredibly guided them to a league cup final.

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Wrexham are big favourites for the game with Sky Bet pricing them at 1/3 to win the game in 90 minutes.

Latics are 13/2 to be on their way to the second round after the 90 minutes are up whilst 15/4 is the price for the game to end level, resulting in a replay at Boundary Park.

Match officials

The referee is Sam Barrott, and he’ll be assisted by Steven Plane and Steven Rushton, with Tom Reeves occupying the role of fourth official.

Match coverage and information

Live audio commentary is available on Latics Player, guiding you through the match.

For more information, visit the Latics Player page by clicking here.

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

The game will be broadcast live on ITV, with coverage also in Bar Station Zebra, which opens at 11am.

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