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Preview | Oldham Athletic v Millwall

8 January 2016

All you need to know about Saturday's game

Millwall will hope that it is second time lucky as they head back to Boundary Park four weeks after the late postponement of their Sky Bet League One match against Oldham Athletic (3pm).

The two teams were all geared up to lock horns on 9th December, but a torrential downpour and forecast of further rain saw the game called off 90 minutes before kick-off.

Over 350 Lions fans will be making the journey back up to Lancashire to back Neil Harris' Lions, and the manager will hope that his side can kick-start their campaign and show the sort of form that saw Millwall hit four goals at Southend United on 28th December - the only three point haul from the last five League One games.

On paper Millwall may be slight favourites to record a first League One win of 2016 as they face an Oldham team who have won just three matches this season. However The Latics have proved to be the division's draw specialists, earning a share of the spoils in 12 matches - over 50 per cent of their fixtures to date.

Lions boss Harris and his players know that the onus is on them to be more consistent if they are to be considered serious Play-Off contenders this season.

Oldham are currently in the League One relegation zone and last weekend's draw with bottom club Colchester made it a club record 11 home games without a win.

What the managers say

Neil Harris: "We need consistency - that is the key thing. It's frustrating as a manager that one game you can be outstanding, the next not quite hit the same level or standard.

"We work with the group all the time to keep improving on the pitch and off it; we are striving to achieve that. I am confident we will do.

"We've got big games coming up and Oldham is massive; we have to use our strength to deal with whatever they throw at us and use our quality too.

"We need to find a bit of rhythm and put a run of games together in the League again and chase the teams above us. We can only do that by winning games." Listen to more from Chopper here.

David Dunn: "They are a good side and very organised. They have good commitment towards their manager and they have some dangerous players. 

"A couple of them have gone back to their parent clubs now so we are playing them while they have a couple of players missing, but in the last few weeks our training has been good and I've been happy with it. 

"I just need to win more football matches, and that's a fact. There is no secret to that and hopefully that starts this Saturday." Read more from Dunn here.

Team news

Oldham boss David Dunn secured a double deal on Thursday afternoon when Burnley's defensive duo Cameron Dummigan and Daniel Lafferty agreed terms to return to the club on one-month loans.

Right-back Dummigan, who has made nine appearances for Latics since signing on loan at the start of October, has extended his youth loan for a further month, whilst left-back Lafferty has signed a one month emergency loan.

Lafferty played five times before injury halted his loan spell with the club, however, the 26-year-old is now fully fit and raring to go.

Dunn will have to reshuffle his attacking pack on Saturday following the departure of top scorer David Philliskirk to Lancashire rivals Blackpool this week.

Philliskirk had been top of the scoring charts at Oldham and his his seven goals this season included League One match-winners against Fleetwood, Swindon and Chesterfield — Athletic’s only three wins in 2015-16.

For Millwall, new signing Jed Wallace is set to go straight into the team after joining on a short-term loan from Wolves days after George Saville returned to Molineux following his loan stint at the Den. Twenty-one-year-old attacking midfielder Wallace is naturally right-footed, but has previously adapted well to playing on the left flank too. 

Striker John Marquis is back following the conclusion of his loan at Leyton Orient and could be added to the squad.

Carlos Edwards (hamstring) is ruled out whilst and Tony Craig remains a long-term absentee.

Head-to-head

Saturday's game at Boundary Park will be the 63rd meeting between Oldham Athletic and Millwall in all competitions. 

The Lions have enjoyed 25 victories to Oldham's 17 overall, although 20 matches have finished all square, only one of those draws has come in the past 13 encounters with an outright winner in the other 12 games.

In recent seasons Millwall recorded a win double during the 2009/10 campaign (1-0 away and 2-0 at home) with Oldham securing a brace of victories against The Lions the previous year, edging a seven-goal thriller 4-3 on the opening day of the 2008/9 season and following up with a 3-2 success at The Den. Chris Taylor, who went on to play for Millwall, scored late winners in both of those matches.

Last time we met

A controversial penalty clinically dispatched by Neil Harris on 57 minutes was enough to earn Millwall a narrow victory over struggling Oldham.

The sides were locked level at 0-0 in the second-half when an eagle-eyed linesman spotted an off-the-ball incident that saw Steve Morison fouled with Oldham on the counter-attack. Referee Andy Haines pulled the game back 50 yards and Harris converted from the spot despite furious protests from the home side.

Such was Oldham's fury that they lost concentration and nearly went 2-0 down moments later when Morrison evaded his marker and hit the post, but Chopper's goal eventually settled the match and the win took The Lions to within two points of the Play-Offs.

Oldham Athletic: Brill, Jacobson, Hazell, Gregan, Furman, Taylor, Stephens, Goodwin, Smalley, Abbott (Brooke, 70mins), Parker (Eaves, 84mins). Subs not used: Ollerenshaw, Black, Whitaker, Lee, Marrow.

Millwall: Forde, Smith, Craig, Robinson, Ward, Schofield, Martin, Abdou, Trotter, Harris (Grabban 59mins, Price, 83mins)), Morison. Subs not used: Sullivan, Dunne, Barron, Fuseini, Laird.

Coverage

Unable to make it to Boundary Park this Saturday? Fear not as you can still keep up-to-date with every kick, header and tackle thanks to full match commentary on Lions PlayerHD. Tune in here.

You can also follow the action with regular updates via @MillwallFC, the club's official Twitter account.

Betting

Sky Bet make Millwall the 5/4 favourites for victory on the road at Oldham, with The Latics 23/10 and the draw is on offer at 11/5.

This is the first League meeting between the two sides since the 2009/10 season, during which Millwall won both matches without conceding. You can get 9/2 with Sky Bet for The Lions to win to nil this weekend.

Sky Bet's Correct Score Group Betting offers 21/10 for Millwall to win 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1.

For a comprehensive list of odds on the game visit Sky Bet.


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