Oldham Athletic face Mansfield Town at Field Mill this weekend as they go head to head in League Two.
Written by Tom Pearce, Oldham Picks Predictor (@tompearce97)
This will be the 65th meeting between the two sides, with the first coming in 1935, in which Mansfield came out 1-0 winners.
It’s a game that neither team has dominated in recent years, with both sides winning two each of the last four meetings.
That includes the reverse fixture, in which Mansfield came out 3-2 winners, but how will Saturday’s game play out?
Oldham Athletic Form
A goal in the last 10 minutes saw Oldham lose a point as they were defeated 2-1 at home to Grimsby Town last weekend.
That means The Latics have won just three of their last six, picking up nine points from a possible 18. They now find themselves in eighth place in the form table.
Keith Curle’s side won last time out on the road, meaning they had won two of their last three away games.
Mansfield Town Form
Mansfield came out on the wrong end of a 2-0 score-line last time out, despite Salford playing with 10 men for 22 minutes.
That means they have won just two of their last six matches, accumulating eight points from 18. That means they currently sit in 12th place in the form table.
The Stags won last time out at Field Mill, winning their first home game in six attempts, drawing four and losing the other.
Our Picks For Oldham Picks – Mansfield Town v Oldham Athletic
1. Will Oldham Athletic score in the first half? No
Conor McAleny put his side a goal to the good on the half-hour mark last weekend, scoring their only goal not just in the opening 45 minutes but in the whole game.
Oldham’s record in the opening 45 isn’t too bad, as they have scored in the second half in 41% of their away games this campaign.
The thing is, Mansfield have conceded just eight goals from 22, which is an average of 0.36 goals against per first period at home.
2. Will Oldham Athletic score in the second half? Yes
The Latics have scored in the closing 45 minutes in four of their last five games, and it would be no surprise to see them do it again on Saturday.
That’s partly due to the fact that Oldham have scored 28 goals from 22, which averages at 1.27 goals per second half on the road.
Not only that, though, Mansfield have failed to keep a clean sheet in the second period in 64% of their home games this season.
3. How many goals will Oldham Athletic concede? 1
The Latics have already conceded 10 goals this month, and it wouldn’t be a shock for them to start May by letting in one goal.
With just four clean sheets and 35 goals conceded from 22 matches, Curle’s side are currently averaging 1.59 goals against per away game.
Mansfield do have a better goal scoring record when they play at Field Mill as well.
It wouldn’t be anything new if they did score just the one goal either, having done so in 36% of their home games this campaign.
4. How many goals will Oldham Athletic score? 2
Whilst Mansfield might have a better goal scoring record when they play at home, they have also let in more goals compared to when they play on the road.
They have kept six clean sheets whilst conceding 30 goals in 22 matches. That’s an average of 1.36 goals against per home game.
The Latics have scored quite a few goals recently, 16 in their last five games to be precise.
They have also managed to score exactly two goals in 36% of their away games this season, so it wouldn’t be a shock to see them do it again.
5. How many shots on target will Oldham Athletic have? 4+
The Latics had 11 shots against Grimsby last weekend, testing James McKeown with just three of them.
They have now hit the target 196 times this campaign, which is an average of 4.45 shot son goal per game.
Meanwhile, Marek Stech and Aiden Stone have both played a similar amount of minutes between the sticks for Mansfield this season.
Between them, they have faced 105 attempts on their goal. That’s an average of 2.39 shots on target against per 90.
6. Will Oldham Athletic beat Mansfield Town? Yes
Both teams come into this game in similar form, with Oldham picking up just one more point from their last six than Mansfield.
The thing is, though, The Stags have struggled at home this season, especially in recent times.
- Will Dylan Bahamboula score? No
- Will Nicholas Adams score? No
- Will Conor McAleny score? Yes
- How many tackles will Carl Piergianni make? 2
- How many shots on target will Alfie McCalmont have? 1
- How many tackles will Kyle Jameson make? 1
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