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Latics vs. Wrexham

1 October 2022

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Match Previews

Latics vs. Wrexham

1 October 2022

David Unsworth will take to the home dugout at Boundary Park for the first time as his side welcome Wrexham.

In his opening game as manager, Latics fell todefeat away at Bromley and will now be looking to bounce back and make it consecutive home league wins in the process.

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, just 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.

Form guide

Wrexham look to be unphased by last season’s playoff heartbreak and have been one of the most impressive sides in the division to date.

With seven wins in their opening 10, Wrexham have definitely established themselves as one of the early front runners with only Chesterfield ahead of them at present.

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We’ve met before

You have to go back to January 2002 for the last time that Oldham got the better of Wrexham in a competitive fixture.

Goals from Paul Murray, John Sheridan and Carlo Corazzin ensured Latics came back from one down to win 3-1 at Boundary Park.

Watch out for

Only Notts County striker Macauley Langstaff has more goals to his name at this stage of the season than Paul Mullin.

Mullin has an outrageous record of eight goals in his opening 10 games. He is scoring a rate of 0.87 goals per 90 minutes, and he is crucial to Wrexham’s promotion hopes.

The signing of Mullin was a real sign on intent from Wrexham’s famous owners as he had top scored in Sky Bet League Two the season prior with Cambridge United as they sealed promotion to the third tier of English football.

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The signing went as many expected with the Merseyside born forward netting an impressive 26 times in 38 league appearances for the Dragons.

With three in his last three, Mullin is a man in fine form and will be hoping to add to that when he makes the trip to Boundary Park.

It is also worth noting the form of fellow strike Ollie Palmer who has five goals in his last four games and sits just one goal behind Mullin in the scoring charts this season.

He joined the club in January 2022 from AFC Wimbledon and has an impressive half season for the club scoring 13 in 19 league games.

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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Odds

Wrexham are big favourites for this clash, priced at 4/9.

Latics are 9/2 outsiders to win Unsworth’s first game in charge whilst the draw is 16/5.

Match officials

The referee is Matthew Dicicco, and he’ll be assisted by Karl Buckley and Scott Taylor, with Stuart Morland 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

As always, we will endeavour to ensure confirmation of the line-up is published as soon as possible on social media.

However, supporters should note that team sheets in the National League are not exchanged until an hour before kick-off. This is 15 minutes later than in the EFL and as a result, the line-up is likely to be published slightly later than in previous seasons.

 


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