Oldham Athletic face Crawley Town at the People’s Pension Stadium on Monday as they go head to head in League Two.
Written by Tom Pearce, Oldham Picks Predictor (@tompearce97)
This will be the 12th meeting between the two sides, the first coming in 2012 which ended as a 1-1 draw.
The past couple of fixtures have gone Crawley’s way, so that’s something that Keith Curle’s side will want to change.
The reverse fixture back in September was a good one for the neutral, but Oldham came out on the wrong side of a 3-2 scoreline.
Here’s a lowdown on our opposition…
Crawley’s Season So Far
It’s been a decent season for Crawley so far, as they have stayed in and around midtable since the start.
John Yems was brought in to the club in December 2019 and had turned things around.
He has got them playing good, attractive, attacking football whilst being more resolute at the back than they previously were.
They did quite well in the FA Cup this campaign too, beating Premier League side Leeds United before being knocked out in the fourth round.
One of the most notable things they have done this season is bring in former TOWIE star, Mark Wright, to the club.
Their games have almost always had goals in them as well, with them being involved in just one 0-0 draw this season.
Key Player – Tom Nichols
Nichols was recently announced in the WhoScored League Two team of the year so far.
The forward has been very important for Crawley this season, having more goal involvements than anyone else in the team.
He is also the first name on the teamsheet, with no other player starting more games than Nichols in a Crawley shirt this campaign.
The 27-year-old has predominantly played up top as a striker, however, he has made a couple of appearances on the wing and as an advanced midfielder.
Here are some of his key stats this season:
Appearances – 36 (1)
Goals – 11
Assists – 7
Shots Per Game – 1.7
Key Passes Per Game – 1.2
Fouled Per Game – 2.5
WhoScored Rating – 7.06
Strengths – Passing, through balls, key passes, dribbling, defensive contribution
Last Five Meetings
26/09/20 – Oldham Athletic 2-3 Crawley Town
Clinical finishing was the difference between the two sides as Oldham fell to a third straight league defeat.
The Latics scored on the half-hour mark through Danny Rowe, but the lead didn’t last long, with Crawley equalising a minute later.
The visitors soon went ahead through George Francomb, before Nichols made it 3-1 with 20 minutes to go.
The Latics’ halved the deficit with just over 10 minutes to play when Conor McAleny found the net, but it wasn’t enough.
07/03/20 – Crawley Town 3-0 Oldham Athletic
A convincing win for Crawley meant they extended their unbeaten run at home to nine games.
Ricardo German, Ashley Nadesdan and Bez Lubala were all on the scoresheet to keep Oldham’s winless run on the road, which stretched back to Boxing Day, continue.
21/12/19 – Oldham Athletic 2-1 Crawley Town
The Latics came from behind to claim all three points thanks to a Mohammed Maouche winner.
Crawley went a goal up just after 15 minutes when Lewis Young finished smartly after cutting in from the right wing.
Oldham fans had to wait until the 49th minute for an equaliser, as David Wheater headed home for an equaliser.
Maouche then grabbed the winning goal nine minutes later when he slotted a cross home from 12 yards out.
09/02/19 – Crawley Town 0-3 Oldham Athletic
Oldham won their first league game in over a month as a manic final 16 minutes clinched the three points.
Johan Branger-Engone broke the deadlock in the 74th minute with a fantastic 25 yard free kick.
The Latics doubled their lead just over 10 minutes later when Zak Dearnley found the net on his debut.
The final nail in Crawley’s coffin came two minutes into injury time after Gevaro Nepomuceno squeezed it in from a tight angle.
01/09/18 – Oldham Athletic 2-1 Crawley Town
The Latics left it late as they snatched victory against managerless Crawley as Harry Kewell had departed one day prior.
Nepomuceno was on target in this game as well as he slotted home from close range after just eight minutes.
The visitors weren’t behind for too long though, as they pulled one back midway through the first half through Dannie Bulman.
Oldham finally got what they were pushing for after a combination of Sam Surridge and Mark Conolly forced a cross home, with the goal being given to the former.
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