Oldham Athletic v Tranmere Rovers
Tuesday 7th December 2021
English Football League Two
It seems to be a regular occurrence this campaign but once again Tranmere will face Oldham, this being the first league encounter between the clubs with the other two being cup ties. There is quite a bit on the line and plenty to look out for in this midweek game, the visitors looking to get back on form as the hosts aim to add to their win against Sunderland in a bid to get away from the relegation zone.
It’s set to be another closely fought fixture, comebacks happening in the two previous games as whenever the sides face each other there doesn’t seem to be that much of a difference in quality. However, this certainly wasn’t the case on Boxing Day 1935 when Rovers came out on top with a 13-4 victory in a game well known for the many goals scored by Tranmere legend Bunny Bell.
There probably won’t be that many goals scored this time round, both side’s league goals combined being the same amount as an outfit who are placed outside of the playoff spaces. Yet, there will be players capable of creating something out of nothing meaning it probably won’t be a goalless draw derived from any entertaining action.
Oldham’s men to watch? Dylan Bahamboula and Davis Keillor-Dunn. The 26-year-old Frenchman who has been capped once by the Congo National Team has five goal involvements in 20 appearances so far this season. Keillor-Dunn has seven goal involvements in 24 appearances from midfield.
Head to head stats:
36 Oldham Athletic wins
34 Tranmere Rovers wins
The lineup that I’d like to be selected by the Tranmere manager?
Joe Murphy, Josh Dacres-Cogley, Tom Davies, Peter Clarke, Joe Maguire, Kieron Morris, Lee O’Connor, Sam Foley, Josh Hawkes, Nicky Maynard and Paul Glatzel.
I believe it’s time for some players to be given a rest and playing two up top around forward minded players is vital if the visitors are to score goals.