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OPPOSITION GUIDE: OLDHAM ATHLETIC

27 November 2020

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The Bantams return to Emirates FA Cup action this week - hosting Oldham Athletic in round two (3.00pm).

The Latics have won five of their last six games in all competitions, and overcame the Bantams earlier this month in the Papa John's Trophy. 

Harry Kewell’s side progressed to round two of the Emirates FA Cup with a 3-2 victory away at Hampton and Richmond Borough.

We have created an Opposition Guide to take you through Saturday’s visitors.

TRANSFER ACTIVITY

The Latics proved busy over the summer, making 19 new signings, with 17 players heading the other way.

INS: Conor McAleny (Fleetwood Town), Dylan Bahamboula (Tsarsko Selo), Laurence Bilboe (Rotherham United), George Blackwood (Adelaide United), Ben Garrity (Blackpool), Kyle Jameson (Fylde), Jordan Barnett (Pontefract), Andrea Badan (Hellas Verona), Davis Keillor-Dunn (Wrexham, loan), Ian Lawlor (Doncaster Rovers), Sido Jombati (Wycombe Wanderers), Cameron Borthwick-Jackson (Manchester United), Callum Whelan (Watford), Bobby Grant (Wrexham, loan), Carl Piergianni (Salford City), Alfie McCalmont (Leeds United, loan), Harry Clarke (Arsenal, loan), Brice Ntambwe (unassigned), Raphaël Diarra (US Quevilly-Rouen).

OUTS: Jamie Stott (Stockport County), Scott Wilson (Notts County), Alex Iacovitti (Ross County), Mohamad Sylla (Stade Lavallois), Christopher Missilou (Northampton Town), Javid Swaby-Neavin (Radcliffe Boro), Kielen Adams (Clitheroe), Gevaro Nepomuceno (Halifax Town), Zak Mills (Port Vale), Gary Woods (Aberdeen), Chris McCann (released), Mohamed Maouche (unassigned), Tomas Egert (unassigned), Johan Branger (unassigned), Zeus de la Paz (unassigned), Desire Segbe Azankpo (unassigned), Marvin Kokos (unassigned).

ONES TO WATCH

Danny Rowe

The 30-year-old striker joined the Latics in January this year after a prolific spell at AFC Fylde - scoring 155 goals in 241 appearances.

Rowe has been a regular in Harry Kewell’s team this season. He has scored three goals in the last two games - with the most notable a 30-yard free-kick which found the top corner away at Exeter City.

Conor McAleny

McAleny is a product of the Everton academy and made three appearances with the Toffees before loan spells with six different EFL clubs - including Cardiff City, Charlton Athletic and Wigan Athletic.

The striker signed for Oldham from Fleetwood Town in the summer and impressed on his debut, scoring the third in a 3-0 win over Carlisle United.

Dylan Bahamboula

The Congo international has represented a number of clubs across Europe - including Dijon Tsarsko Selo and Astra Giurgiu.

Bahamboula was another one of the Latics' summer signings after penning a one-year contract. The 6ft striker has made 11 appearances since joining and is known for his flair, quick feet and versatility.

THE CAPTAIN

Carl Piergianni signed for the Latics from Salford City in January 2020 - and has started 12 games for the Lancashire side this season.

The experienced defender has represented nine different clubs including Stockport County and Boston United.
 
One of his most successful spells was at Salford City, where he helped the side gain promotion to the EFL - beating Fylde 3-0 in the National League Play-Off Final.

THE MANAGER
 
Harry Kewell was appointed manager of Oldham Athletic at the start of August. This is his third managerial role he has enjoyed, after spells at Notts County and Crawley Town.

The former Australian international enjoyed a successful playing career - representing the likes of Liverpool and Leeds United. 

LAST TIME OUT

The Latics won 4-3 at Holker Street on Tuesday evening - securing all three points against Barrow in Sky Bet League Two. Danny Rowe scored twice and assisted once on their way to victory.

Barrow 3 (Quigley 16', Platt 79', Piergianni 90+9' OG)

Oldham Athletic 4 (Garrity 39', Rowe 45'+1, 82' pen, McAleny 90'+5)

Tuesday November 24

Latics: Lawlor, Borthwick-Jackson, Jombati, Piergianni, Garrity, Rowe, Keillor-Dunn (McAleny 73’), Grant (Blackwood 90’), Fage, Diarra, Bahamboula (Barnett 84’).

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