Oldham Athletic face Forest Green Rovers at Boundary Park this weekend as they go head to head in League Two.
Written by Tom Pearce, Oldham Picks Predictor (@tompearce97)
This will be the sixth meeting between the two sides, with the first coming in 2018, in which the game played out as a 1-1 draw.
The Latics don’t have a very good record against Forest Green having failed to beat them in five attempts.
That includes the reverse fixture, a seven goal thriller which Rovers came out 4-3 winners.
How will Saturday’s game play out, though?
Oldham Athletic Form
Keith Curle’s side were beaten comfortably at the weekend as Mansfield Town ran out 4-1 winners.
The Latics have won three of their last six games, picking nine points from a possible 18. They now find themselves in ninth place in the form table.
They’ve been inconsistent at home recently, though, alternating between wins and losses in their last five games at Boundary Park.
Forest Green Rovers Form
Despite playing with 10 men for 33 minutes, Forest Green still managed to beat Tranmere Rovers 2-1 at home.
They have won just two of their last six games, accumulating eight points from 18. That means they currently sit in 16th in the form table.
Rovers have struggled on the road recently as well, having failed to win in their last five away games.
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1. Will Oldham Athletic score in the first half? Yes
The Latics have scored in the opening 45 minutes in four of their last five games, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them do it again on Saturday.
With 14 goals from 22, Oldham are currently averaging 0.64 goals scored per first half at home.
Meanwhile, Forest Green have failed to keep a clean sheet in the first period in 55% of their away games.
2. Will Oldham Athletic score in the second half? Yes
Zak Dearnley scored Oldham’s only goal of the game in the 51st minute at the weekend.
It’s not too surprising either, The Latics have scored in the second half in 55% of their home games this season.
It won’t be an easy task, though, as Forest Green have conceded just 11 from 22. That’s an average of 0.5 goals against per second period on the road.
3. How many goals will Oldham Athletic concede? 2
The Latics will need to be much better defensively than they were at the weekend if they want to get something out of this game.
With just one clean sheet and 39 goals conceded from 22, Oldham are currently averaging 1.77 goals against per home game.
It wouldn’t be unusual for Forest Green to score exactly two as well, as they have done that in 27% of their away games this campaign.
4. How many goals will Oldham Athletic score? 2
Curle’s side have managed just two goals from their last two games, however, they scored 11 from the previous three.
Oldham have now scored exactly two goals in 36% of their matches at Boundary Park this season.
As well as that, they scored three against Forest Green in the reverse fixture, so they’ve shown they can beat their defence.
Meanwhile, Rovers have conceded 25 goals from 22 matches, which is an average of 1.14 goals against per away game.
5. How many shots on target will Oldham Athletic have? 4+
The Latics managed eight shots against Mansfield at the weekend, testing Aidan Stone with just three of them.
They have now hit the target 199 times this campaign, which means they’re currently averaging 4.42 shots on goal per game.
Lewis McGee has been the usual starting goalkeeper for Rovers this season, with Lewis Thomas standing in for him on 13 occasions.
Between them, they have faced 143 attempts on their goal, which is an average of 3.17 shots on target against per game.
6. Will Oldham Athletic beat Forest Green Rovers? No
Neither team have a lot to play for and neither team are in the best of form so it’s a tough one to call.
Forest Green have been poor on the road recently as well, but then again, Oldham haven’t won at Boundary Park in their last three attempts.
- Will Zac Dearnley score? No
- Will Nicholas Adams assist a goal? No
- Will Conor McAleny score? Yes
- Will Dylan Bahamboula assist a goal? No
- How many shots on target will Alfie McCalmont have? 1
- How many tackles will Harrison Clarke make?
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