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The Opposition - Oldham Athletic

We take an in-depth look at the Latics, ahead of the Mariners' Sky Bet League Two clash with Frankie Bunn's men this weekend.

15 September 2018

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Frankie Bunn

Grimsby Town welcome Oldham Athletic to Blundell Park in Sky Bet League Two on Saturday (3pm).

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Michael Jolley’s side will be hoping to return to winning ways in the league after defeats to Newport County, Yeovil Town, and Bury.

But Frankie Bunn’s 10th-placed side will be hoping to continue their unbeaten away form in the league when they face the Mariners this weekend.

The Latics’ 1-0 home defeat to Newport last weekend was just their second loss in the league this season – winning three and drawing the other two games.

Last five results

Oldham: L, W, W, D, W

Town: L, L, L, D, D

Transfer activity

Oldham had a very busy summer of transfer business following their relegation from Sky Bet League One, with 11 new faces arriving at Boundary Park.

The Latics bolstered their attacking options as they brought in 20-year-old striker Sam Surridge on loan from Bournemouth, 26-year-old attacking-midfielder Jose Baxter from Everton, and 20-year-old centre-forward Callum Lang on loan from Wigan Athletic.

They also signed 32-year-old midfielder Giles Coke from Chesterfield, 32-year-old left-back Andy Taylor from Blackpool, and 25-year-old French midfielder Christopher Missilou.

Other notable incomings include experienced striker Chris O’Grady from Chesterfield, and French winger Johan Branger.

But the Latics lost striker Aaron Amadi-Holloway to Shrewsbury Town, striker Craig Davies to Mansfield Town, and winger Tope Obadeyi to France Ligue 2 side FC Sochaux.

Ones to watch

Oldham have a very strong squad, with plenty of attacking firepower, and they will be hoping to get on the right side of the result against Town on Saturday.

Striker Sam Surridge will arguably be the Latics’ biggest threat at Blundell Park this weekend. The 20-year-old Bournemouth loanee has scored three goals in five appearances in all competitions so far this season, and he’ll be hoping to add to that tally on Saturday.

The pacy striker also scored eight goals in 41 league appearances on loan at Yeovil Town last season.

Dan Gardner

Experienced midfielder Dan Gardner has played in each of Oldham’s nine games in all competitions so far this season. The 28-year-old has scored two league goals so far, and could play an important role for the Latics on Saturday.

Gardner will be hoping to make his 50th league appearance for the Latics on Saturday, having signed from Chesterfield last summer.

French Winger Johan Branger made the move to Boundary Park from FC Dieppe, who play in the French fifth division, this summer – having scored 11 times in 26 appearances last season.

The 25-year-old has scored one goal in nine appearances for Oldham so far this season, and will be worth keeping an eye on this weekend.

Tickets are still available for this weekend’s clash with Oldham, as the Mariners look to return to winning ways in Sky Bet League Two.

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