Football – England – League One
Tuesday 5th February 2013 – Kickoff: 1945hrs
Oldham Athletic play host to the form team of League One at the moment, Yeovil Town, at Boundary Park on Tuesday night as they go in search of their first league win for nine matches.
Oldham Athletic have had a long, tough season so far and they now find themselves just one point and one place above Bury who occupy the last remaining relegation spot. Aside from a brief resurgence in form during October last year, The Latics’ form has steadily declined and they now search for their next elusive win in this division. They last tasted success in early December when they beat Colchester United 2-0 away from home.
Since then, however, they’ve suffered eight defeats from their last nine matches with just a single point during this miserable run which came at lowly Scunthorpe United in a 2-2 draw on New Years Day. Recent defeats include losses against Brentford, Coventry City, Notts County and Walsall.
At home it doesn’t get much better with just one league win from their last seven at Boundary Park, and they’ve lost their last four on the trot scoring just 2 goals and conceding 8. Their home record currently stands at 3-3-8 13/18 and with a defence that has kept just two clean sheets from their last eighteen league matches you can see why they are in their current predicament.
As mentioned earlier, Yeovil Town have emerged as the form team in the division having lost just once in their last nine and currently on a five match winning streak having disposed of Portsmouth 2-1, Leyton Orient 3-0, Sheffield United 2-0 away, MK Dons 2-1 and fifth placed Brentford in an emphatic 3-0 scoreline at the weekend.
Former Bristol City manager Gary Johnson has worked wonders at the west country outfit and they now occupy 7th place just behind the play-off pack only on goal difference, however this could be rectified after tonight’s match if The Glovers take all three points they would move up into fifth place.
Yeovil’s away record stands at a no-nonsense 7-1-6 24/23 and tend not to trade in draws or anything like that; it’s all or nothing for Johnson’s boys and on their travels they’ve recently seen off Crawley Town and Sheffield United along with getting a point at Walsall who have also made significant improvements lately.
As Oldham’s form has dipped, Yeovil’s has taken off and another win tonight would see them occupy a play-off place. I believe they’re good for at least a point here and I wouldn’t be surprised if they win this one perhaps 2-1. I recommend taking the round ball though…
Pick: Yeovil Town AH0 (Draw No Bet) @ 2.03 Pinnacle looks inviting