Oldham Athletic vs. Salford City: Betting tips, predictions, odds, & match preview
Fans will miss the traditionally freezing Boundary Park on Saturday, which bears witness to a clash between Greater Manchester sides Oldham Athletic and Salford City. Despite being down in 15th, Harry Kewell’s men are the second highest scorers in League Two… but have also conceded the joint most. The visitors have plenty of talent in attacking areas, so it should be a cracker.
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Oldham vs Salford: Predictions
Oldham have a truly woeful home record in 2020/2021, winning just three times from a possible 13. However, they more often than not at least score one, so in theory, they don’t make it easy for their opponents. In reality though, they’ve been beaten nine times already at Boundary Park, and whilst Salford’s own away form is a veritable mixed bag, they will be heartened by their hosts’ trials and tribulations.
Ammies manager Richie Wellens has a deep connection with both teams. As a player, he turned out for Oldham over 100 times, but only lasted nine months as a manager, failing to save the Latics from relegation whilst things were fraught behind the scenes under the old ownership. A brief stint in his twilight playing years was spent at Salford in 2016, where he scored one goal in six appearances. Both head coaches’ philosophies emphasise attack over defence, and, who have conceded the fewest on the road and overall in the fourth tier, it hasn’t come at the cost of having a leaky defence. That is the key difference between the sides, and any team in League Two that can accommodate Ian Henderson, Ashley Hunter, and James Wilson in the XI or the matchday squad always has a chance of humiliating their opponents.
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Oldham vs Salford: Match Stats
Former Bury stalwart Nicky Adams recently made the move back to the area from Northampton Town, dropping down a division in a move that was a real coup for Kewell. Deployed as a right-back in his first match in a blue shirt, that is not his natural position, but it’s likely he’ll have some licence to get forward to put in an avalanche of (accurate) crosses, as is his calling card. Many of these will be aimed at the head and feet of striker Conor McAleny, whom, were it not for his history of injuries, would also be plying his trade at a higher level in the prime of his career. The Everton academy graduate has found his feet at Boundary Park after two relatively unsuccessful loan spells at Kilmarnock and Shrewsbury Town whilst still on the books at Fleetwood Town.
Like many players that sign for Salford, Ashley Hunter dropped one or two tiers for the privilege of turning out for what still seems like an upwardly mobile club from the outside looking in. Under the right circumstances, that could happen this season, and in Richie Wellens, they have a manager that won promotion (and the title) in 2019/2020, and who also a long history and rapport with the owners of the club. The balance in the squad is great, and there is a smattering of experience to go along with the nucleus of those in their early twenties.
31 Oct 2020 – Salford City 2-0 Oldham Athletic – League Two
25 Jan 2020 – Salford City 1-1 Oldham Athletic – League Two
29 Dec 2019 – Oldham Athletic 1-4 Salford City – League Two
As Salford City are still a very new side by the EFL’s historic standards, there are only three previous meetings between the sides between the sides in all competitions. Oldham have yet to beat The Ammies; on Halloween, James Wilson and Ashley Hunter haunted the visitors with their goals in a game the hosts dominated. If Salford stay down in League Two for a few more years, this could eventually develop into a rivalry akin to the one Oldham had with the now-defunct Bury.