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OPPOSITION GUIDE: OLDHAM ATHLETIC

19 March 2021

Mark Trueman and Conor Sellars’ side are back in action at the Utilita Energy Stadium - hosting Oldham Athletic in Sky Bet League Two.

Saturday’s fixture will be the fourth time City have played the Latics this season, having lost the previous three.

Keith Curle’s side sit 17th in the table, having won 11, drawn eight and lost 16. Oldham have only lost once in the last eight meetings with the Bantams, a 3-0 defeat in BD8 during August 2019.

We have created this Opposition Guide to take you through everything you need to know about Saturday’s visitors.

TRANSFER ACTIVITY

The Latics made six signings in January, as three players headed out of the exit door.

INS: Marcel Hilßner (Coventry City, loan), Nicky Adams (Northampton Town), Marcus Barnes (unassigned), Raphaël Diarra (unassigned), Serhat Tasdemir (Peterborough United, loan), Vani Da Silva (Curzon Ashton, recalled from loan).

OUTS: Jordan Barnett (Notts County), Tom Hamer (Burton Albion), Danny Rowe (Bradford City).

ONES TO WATCH

Brice Ntambwe

The 6ft 2ins midfielder started his professional career at Birmingham City after coming through the Blues' academy. He then went on to play for a number of Belgian sides, including RAEC Mons and Lierse Kempenzonen.

He returned to the United Kingdom in 2018 to sign for Partick Thistle before a brief spell at Macclesfield Town. The former Belgian youth international then signed for Oldham Athletic on deadline day over the summer.

Conor McAleny

McAleny is a product of the Everton academy and made three appearances with the Toffees before loan spells with six different EFL clubs - including Cardiff City, Charlton Athletic and Wigan Athletic.

The 28-year-old striker has played in 29 of Oldham’s 35 Sky Bet League Two fixtures this season and scored the Latics’ first in a 2-1 win in the Emirates FA Cup at the Utilita Energy Stadium in December.

Cameron Borthwick-Jackson

Borthwick-Jackson progressed through the Manchester United academy and made 10 appearances for the Red Devils. The defender won the Under-21 Player of the Year award in 2016 but proved unable to cement his place as a first teamer. 

While at Old Trafford, the 24-year-old made loan appearances for Wolverhampton Wanderers, Leeds United, Scunthorpe United and Tranmere Rovers as well as the Latics, before signing a permanent deal with Latics last summer.

Dylan Bahamboula

Bahamboula is a product of AS Monaco’s academy but failed to break into the first team with the French side. He joined Paris FC on loan in 2015, before making a permanent move to Dijon in 2016.

The 25-year-old midfielder made the switch to the United Kingdom when signing for Oldham in October 2020. Since arriving, he has scored five and assisted nine goals in 35 matches. He has also featured for Congo’s national team as well as France at youth level.

THE CAPTAIN

Carl Piergianni signed for the Latics from Salford City in January 2020 - and has made 45 appearances for the Lancashire side so far.

The experienced defender came through the Peterborough United academy and has represented nine different clubs including Altrincham, Stockport County and Boston United.

He enjoyed a successful spell at the Ammies where he won promotion to the EFL - beating Fylde 3-0 in the National League Play-Off Final at Wembley Stadium.

THE MANAGER

Keith Curle enjoyed a successful playing career as a defender for the likes of Bristol City, Wimbledon, Manchester City, Wolves and Sheffield United.

He moved into management in 2002 when he became Mansfield Town’s player/manager for two years. Spells at Chester City, Torquay United, Notts County and Carlisle United followed. 

The 57-year-old spent four years at Brunton Park before joining Northampton Town in 2018, where he won promotion into Sky Bet League One last season. 

Curle was sacked by the Cobblers last month, after a run one win in 10 matches. Oldham Athletic announced him as their new manager on March 8 - following the departure of Harry Kewell.

LAST TIME OUT

Keith Curle was denied his first win as Oldham boss as Scunthorpe scored an equaliser in second-half stoppage time at Glanford Park.

Scunthorpe United 1 (Hallam 90+3')

Oldham Athletic 1 (McCalmont 48')

Tuesday March 16

Oldham: Walker, Jameson, Piergianni, Badan, Adams, McCalmont (Ntambwe 80'), Whelan (Diarra 80'), Fage, Hilßner (Grant 70'), McAleny, Keillor-Dunn.

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