The Latics travel to Merseyside as they take on Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park in the EFL League Two on Saturday.
Written by Tom Pearce, Oldham Picks Predictor (@tompearce97)
It was a seven goal thriller for Harry Kewell’s side in the week but unfortunately they came out on the wrong side, losing 4-3 to Forest Green Rovers.
The hosts had a better time on Tuesday though as they upset the odds to book a trip to Wembley by beating Oxford United 2-0 in the EFL Trophy.
This will be the 90th meeting between the two sides, the first coming on Christmas Day in 1935 with Oldham coming out on top with a 4-1 win.
The Latics have won in this fixture on 35 occasions compared to the 33 wins Tranmere have.
The reverse fixture ended as a 1-0 win for Tranmere earlier on this season, but how will tomorrow’s game play out?
We take a look…
1. Will Oldham Athletic beat Tranmere Rovers? No
It’s not going to be an easy game for Kewell’s side, playing against an in form side sitting in a play-off spot.
Oldham’s away form is okay but they have failed to win in any of their last four games on the road.
As just said, Tranmere are in decent form with five wins from their last six games.
They are also in good form at Prenton Park as well, despite losing last time out at home they did win the previous four.
2. How many goals will Oldham score? 2
When Oldham play away from home, they tend to either score two goals or no goals.
In fact, they have scored exactly two goals in 31% in their games on the road.
Tranmere have actually conceded fewer goals at Prenton Park this season.
They have let in 16 goals from 14 games, that’s an average of 1.14 goals against per game on home soil.
3. Will Oldham Athletic score in the first half? Yes
Just one of Oldham’s three goals came in the first 45 minutes in the week but they have now scored seven goals from 13 first halves on the road.
That’s an average of 0.54 first half goals per away game.
Meanwhile Tranmere do defend better in the first 45 minutes. With six goals conceded in the first half at Prenton Park, they’re letting in 0.43 goals per first period.
4. Will Oldham Athletic score in the second half? Yes
Kewell’s side have been far more clinical in the second 45 minutes of games, scoring more than twice as many than in the first half.
They have found the net 16 times in the second half on the road, averaging 1.23 goals per second period in away games.
Similarly, Tranmere have conceded more goals in the second half than they have in the first.
In fact, they have let in 10 from 14, averaging 0.71 goals against per second half at home.
5. Will Davis Keillor-Dunn score? No
The winger has found the back of the net on six occasions this season, with five of them coming in the league.
His last goal came in the 2-1 win over Salford at the end of last month.
The only time he has faced Tranmere was in the reverse fixture earlier this season, though he didn’t manage to score.
6. Will Bobby Grant assist a goal? No
Grant has managed to set up a teammate for a goal on five occasions this season.
Just two of those came in league games though, the last coming in December in the 3-1 win over Bradford.
The 30-year-old has tended to enjoy playing against Tranmere in the past, scoring three and assisting one in the two games against them.
- Will Marcel Hilßner score? No
- Will Alfie McCalmont assist a goal? Yes
- How many shots on target will Conor McAleny have? 2
- How many tackles will Carl Piergianni make? 2
- How many saves will Ian Lawlor make? 2
- How many goals will Oldham Athletic concede? 2
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