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Latics vs. Eastleigh

17 September 2022

Match Previews

Latics vs. Eastleigh

17 September 2022

Latics are looking to give club legend John Sheridan a fitting send off in his final game as boss when they welcome Eastleigh to Boundary Park.

They will of course be hoping to bounce back from a humbling 3-0 defeat away at Woking in midweek, a result that leaves Oldham 16th in the National League table.

The opposition

This campaign is the Spitfires ninth consecutive season in the National League since achieving promotion from the Conference South in the 2013/14 season.

Since promotion they have never really struggled any sort of real relegation fears, with their lowest finish coming last term when they came 19th.

They have had a few seasons where promotion had looked a possibility with a 4th place finish in their maiden season at this level and 7th placed finishes in 2016 and 2019.

They have consolidated their place in the fifth tier well following their dramatic rise through the divisions in the early 2000s and eventual promotion from the Conference South.

Form guide

Eastleigh are three points ahead of Latics going into this game but Oldham fans can perhaps take comfort in the fact that they seemed to have tailed off a little bit following a bright start.

They had won three of their opening five, only losing to Wrexham but since they have picked up just one point from the subsequent three games.

They have picked up three points on the road so far this season.

The Spitfires’ last six

Eastleigh 1-1 Yeovil Town

Bromley 2-1 Eastleigh

Barnet 3-1 Eastleigh

Eastleigh 2-1 Southend Unite

York City 0-1 Eastleigh

Eastleigh 1-1 Dagenham and Redbridge

Watch out for

23-year-old forward Tristan Abrahams is a new addition to the Spitfires’ this summer.

The young forward has a lot of experience in the Football League that will no doubt hold him in good stead for Eastleigh’s National League campaign this term.

In addition to this, he was part of a promotion winning squad from the National League last season, helping Grimsby Town to promotion back to League Two.

He spent the back half of the season at Blundell Park as they went on to clinch promotion via the playoffs.

He has two goals to his name to date for his new employees which includes the winning goal in their 1-0 win over Wealdstone.

Familiar face

A name Latics fans may remember from last season is Ousseynou Cisse. 

The Mali international played eight times in League Two for Latics last season but was unable to assist in helping the team escape relegation.

He joined Eastleigh this summer after Latics confirmed they would not be offering the midfielder a new deal.

So far, he has played in all but one of Eastleigh’s matches.

Previously, Cisse turned out for Leyton Orient, Gillingham, Milton Keynes and a selection of teams abroad from varying countries.

In the dugout

Lee Bradbury is the man in the dugout for the visitors.

He has been in place since the 28th of February this year, leaving his post as Crawley Town’s assistant manager.

The other clubs that the 47-year-old has managed are AFC Bournemouth, Havant and Waterlooville and Eastbourne Borough.

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Odds

Latics are favourites to take maximum points in Shez’s final game as manager, Sky Bet have Oldham 21/20 to give him the send off her deserves.

Eastleigh are 9/4 to upset the script at Boundary Park whilst the points being shared is 23/10.

Match officials

The referee for this game is Andrew Miller, he'll be assisted by Scott Taylor and Emmanuel Edet, with Joseph Goodwin taking up the role of 4th Official.

How to follow the game

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


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