Oldham Athletic vs. Tranmere Rovers match preview

By Matthew Jones
Last updated : 23 February 2006
On Saturday it will be the second time Tranmere have met Oldham this season and my second visit to Boundary Park, the previous being a 1-1 draw when Paul Rideout scored Tranmere's goal in the pouring rain.

Rovers will be hoping for a repeat result from the occasion when the two teams met at Prenton Park this season whilst Oldham will be hoping to continue their recent good form.

Previous Meetings:

Earlier this season Oldham brought over 1500 fans to Prenton Park on a lovely August night, only to see their side lose 4-0 after a stunning performance from Rovers.

Chris Greenacre netted two goals, one from the Penalty spot, whilst Gareth Roberts popped up with a rare goal along with another rare goal for central defender Ian Sharps.

Last season the two teams met three times, twice in League One and once in the LDV Vans Trophy Northern Section Semi-Final.

On both meetings at Boundary Park the two sides drew, 2-2 on New Years Day in the league and 1-1 in the LDV, although Rovers lost the LDV game 5-4 on Penalties, Alex Bruce netting the winning penalty.

At Prenton Park earlier in the season, Rovers beat Oldham 2-0 in September. You in fact have to go back to 1996 for Oldham's last win at Prenton Park.

Vital Stats:

Tranmere have only won eight times at Boundary Park in 36 visits

Oldham average 1.83 goals per game at Boundary Park vs. Rovers, totaling 66 goals.

Tranmere haven't won at Boundary Park since 4th March 1997 with five visits since.

Tranmere have only ever kept three clean sheets in 36 visits to Boundary Park.

Tranmere have scored 43 goals in 36 games at Boundary Park.

The Form Book:

Oldham last 6 Home Games: WWDWLW
Tranmere last 6 Away Games: DDWDDD

Tranmere are now three games without a win after picking up two draws and a defeat in their last three games. They have however not lost away increadibly since 6th December 2005 when they travelled to Oakwell and lost 2-1 to Barnsley.

However, of those six games Rovers have only actually won one and to make the stat worse, only scored in three of their last six away games, against Gillingham (1-1), Port Vale (2-0) and Blackpool (1-1).

The games where Rovers have failed to score have all remained 0-0, vs. Bradford, Hartlepool and Walsall in some of the most boring games you are ever likely to see.

Oldham's recent form has been nothing short of pretty damn good. They have won their last two of their last three fixtures (one draw) without conceeding in the process.

The wins came away to Walsall (2-0) and at home to Nottingham Forest (3-0) which signalled the end of Gary Megson's reign at The City Ground. The draw was a Tranmere favourite, 0-0, away to Bournemouth.

Oldham's recent home form has been fantastic. They have lost just once at Boundary Park since November 13th. The defeat ame against Port Vale but they have taken points from Southend (0-0), Gillingham (2-0) and Bradford (2-1).

Tranmere Team News:

Rovers have now of course lost influential player Simon Francis but Jason McAteer looks set to return from a slight injury picked up at Gillingham 12 days ago.

John Achterberg remains injured so he will miss out and Mike Jackson will serve a one match suspension due to him picking up five yellow cards.

However, it is not all doom and gloom. Striker Calvin Zola returns from a three match ban after a red car picked up against Huddersfield and is set to face his former club and Ian Sharps also returns from his one match suspension.

Calvin Zola is expected to start against his former club and Delroy Facey should he take part will face the club he left to join Tranmere on deadline day.

Match Prediction: Tranmere have been playing some very poor football of late, some of the worst I can remember seeing us play whilst Oldham have been in good form of late.

I can't see us getting anything from the game so I will go for
Oldham Athletico 3-0 Tranmere Rovers.

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