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Season Preview: Oldham Athletic

29 July 2019

We continue our 2019/20 season preview by featuring Oldham Athletic

Nickname : The Latics

Stadium : Boundary Park

Capacity : 13,513

Round Trip From The Moss Rose : 58.4 miles

Last Season : 14th

The Latics returned to the fourth tier last season and will no doubt be disappointed with their 14th place finish.

The season promised much, yet waves of inconsistency hampered any real promotion bid - although the Greater Manchester outfit never really looked like becoming embroiled in a relegation scrap.

A wealth of new signings have been made over the summer months and this will elicit confidence going into the new campaign.

With a new man at the helm, Oldham will unquestionably be targeting a League One return this time around.

The Gaffer - Laurent Banide

For many people, Laurent proved to be a surprise appointment over the summer, as he replaced Pete Wild who relinquished the merger's role in June.

The former Monaco boss certainly arrived at Boundary Park with glowing credentials and Oldham have definitely made a statement with his appointment.

Banide has managed in a variety of countries and will be looking forward to making his debut in the EFL this weekend.

Most recently, Laurent was with Qatar-based side Umm Salal SC before making the move over to England.

Transfer Dealings.

Out - Jose Baxter, Peter Clarke, Dan Gardner, Jay Sheridan, Andy Taylor, Chinedu Uche, George Edmundson, Rob Hunt

In - Alex Iacovitti, Zak Mills, Gary Woods, Gregor Zabret, Scott Wilson, Marvin Kokos, Desire Sebe Azankpo, Chris Eagles

Our Last Meeting.

The two sides last met on a cold January afternoon at the Moss Rose, when the visitors would storm into the ascendancy with barely a minute on the clock.

Debutant Urko Vera slammed home a first minute penalty, after Callum Lang's shot was adjudged to have been handled in the area.

Macc fought back and restored parity deep into first half injury-time, as Harry Smith picked up the ball on the edge of the area and rifled a venomous shot across the face of goal, into the back of the net.

The momentum derived from this carried on at the start of the second period and on 54 minutes, Scott Wilson burst through the Oldham defence before unleashing a clinical finish in front of the Star Lane End.

Although Macc had to weather copious amounts of Oldham pressure in the latter exchanges, the defence held firm as we registered another precious victory.

Our Next Meetings.

Home - Saturday 11th January

Away - Saturday 19th October

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