Oldham Athletic v Rovers – Match Preview

Rovers head to Boundary Park tomorrow afternoon to face 19th place Oldham Athletic.

Rovers make the short trip down the motorway to face Oldham Athletic who are currently manageress for the Saturday 3pm kickoff.

Rovers will look to kick on like we started to do, before the international break put a halt to the positive back to back wins at Ewood Park.

Team news

Mowbray’s men will head into the game with no new fresh injuries. Charlie Mulgrew and Corry Evans were called up and played for their respected countries but thankfully no injuries occurred which is positive news for Rovers.

Darragh Lenihan is still unavailable and will be that way until at least Christmas. This means that Paul Downing will most likely start alongside the captain Mulgrew.

Rovers will look to field the same team as we did against Gillingham, and the bench will also look to be the same and it may give Tony Mowbray a tough choice to make as the game goes on. We have quality all around the field and also on the bench so in that respect we should have more than enough to see off Oldham.

The Latics remain without the services of Ryan McLaughlin, Courtney Duffus, Ryan Flynn and Paul Green going into Saturday’s match. Their squad has been bolstered however, as Craig Davies is expected to return from a knee injury and their international players are available after returning from duty injury-free.

Oldham did end a poor spell of form with back to back wins which did take them out of the bottom 3 and up to 19th. The Oldham players will look to build on this, and with the recent speculation of managers who have been interviewed such as Paul Scholes and Clarence Seedorf, they will look to be at their best to try and take Blackburn down a peg or two.

We are the team to beat this season so we need to make sure we are at the races from the first whistle.

Season so far

Rovers started the league season poorly losing both league games after losing to Southend 2-1 and Doncaster 3-1. Since then, Rovers have been impressive beating Bradford away from home 1-0. Rovers also beat MK 4-1 and Rochdale 3-0, which has capped off a great few weeks for the fans. Two poor performances against AFC Wimbledon and Shrewsbury followed. Rovers also most recently followed up with back to back league wins at Ewood Park both respectively 2-0 against Rotherham and 1-0 against Gillingham.

The players will be very confident going into the game against Oldham as we are flying and Oldham have had a poor start to the season currently sitting 19th in the league. Rovers weren’t in action last week due to the international break but hopefully the players who didn’t travel will be ready to carry on as we left off before the break.

Oldham have won 3 games, whilst drawing 1 game. This leaves them with 7 losses, and only on 10 points. 6 of thse came in their last 2 league games.

Ones to watch

In recent weeks, Oldham striker Eoin Doyle has impressed, scoring 6 goals in 6 games and has looked like the missing piece at Oldham. He has scored 4 goals in his last 2 games and has helped Oldham get back to back wins – which will be well received from the fans who have witnessed some shocking footballing displays this season.

His striking partner Craig Davies has also scored a few goals this season and as a pair they will look to rain misery on Mowbray’s men. Rovers’ defence will have to be at their best to stop both strikers, especially Doyle who is on fire at the moment.

Previous games

Last league meeting at Boundary Park: 11th December 1993, Premier League, the game finished Oldham Athletic 1-2 Blackburn Rovers.

Last meeting between the sides: 12th September 2001, League Cup, the game finished Blackburn Rovers 2-0 Oldham.

Summary

Rovers will look to carry on the way we did before the international break. If the midfield continue to dominate the proceedings and the defence stay solid as per it should only go one way.

Prediction:

Oldham Athletic 0-3 Rovers

Rovers Scorers: Dack, Antonsson and Bennett

Up the Rovers!


We released our article where we talked to Oldham fan Thomas O’Dea ahead of our game, to get a perspective from the home side.

Click here to read the talk with Thomas.

Make sure you listen to the new episode of our 1875 Podcast! We discuss the Oldham game, as well as Tuesday’s game at Plymouth.

Click here to listen to Episode 5 of the 1875 Podcast.

The rest of the build-up will be uploaded soon, so make sure to check the page later on, and follow us on Twitter at @rovers_chat.