Match Preview: Oldham Athletic

Four of League One’s top six go head to head this weekend. Millwall host Leeds at the New Den, whilst Leicester travel to Boundary Park to face the division’s early pacesetters, Oldham Athletic. For the Foxes, it’s their first major examination since the home defeat to the Lions just over a month ago. Leicester have only faced one side in the top half away from home. They’ll need to be on top form to take points from the Latics.

Previous Meetings
Leicester’s last trip to Boundary Park came in 1996. Despite a cracking free-kick from Mike Whitlow, City were beaten 3-1 on a wet and windy afternoon in Lancashire.

Leicester have taken only one point in their last five visits to Oldham, their last win coming in an end of season encounter in 1983. The 2-1 victory took City to the brink of promotion to the top flight. We’ll ignore the fact City had to rely on Derby doing the business against promotion chasers Fulham on the final day. In characteristic fashion, the Foxes had failed to see off Burnley at home on the final day.

Reasons To Be Confident
One of City’s greatest strengths is Oldham’s greatest weakness. Nigel Pearson’s men have registered seven goals in the 10 minutes after the restart, conceding none. In contrast, Oldham have been weak. The Latics have conceded four in the same period after half time.

Leicester have the best away record in League One. The Foxes remain undefeated having managed four wins and a draw so far. They have the 3rd highest scoring record away from home in League One.

For what it’s worth, Leicester’s goal difference away from home (+8) is also the highest in League One.

Reasons To Be Worried
Oldham have the best home record in League One, the Latics’ home form is a mirror image of Leicester’s away performances. Oldham have not lost at home for 12 matches.

Oldham have scored goals for fun this season, 24 in total. They’ve scored in every league game this season. It isn’t as if John Sheridan’s men have been facing weak defences either, they’ve scored against the MK Dons, Stockport, Leeds and Millwall, four of the seven meanest backlines in the division.

As mentioned on Tuesday, Oldham have yet to lose a League match after conceding the first goal. They’ve picked up 5 points in the 3 games in which they’ve conceded first, including that remarkable 4-3 win at home to Millwall on the opening day of the season.

On This Day
Frank Leboeuf hit a 35 yard screamer with two minutes remaining to end Leicester’s resistance at Stanford Bridge on this day in 1997. The Frenchman had broken Leicester hearts just months earlier. His disputed penalty in the 118th minute of extra time ended Leicester’s FA Cup hopes in a 5th Round Replay. This time, however, there was no argument.

Selected Odds
Oldham – 13/8 (Coral)
Draw – 12/5 (Paddy Power)
Leicester – 9/5 (Sky Bet)

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