Mark Trueman’s Bantams will make the short trip across the Pennines this Saturday to face Oldham Athletic in a 3.00pm Sky Bet League Two clash.
The Latics have enjoyed a resurgence under manager John Sheridan, who takes the hot seat at Boundary Park for the sixth time in his managerial career.
Sheridan’s return to Greater Manchester has instigated an upturn in form, with the Latics unbeaten during his short tenure - earning valuable victories against Scunthorpe United and Bristol Rovers along the way.
We have put together an Opposition Guide to give you all the information you need to know about our 32nd league opponent of the season.
The Latics made two signings during the January window and made a further addition in February under John Sheridan’s stewardship.
INCOMINGS: Alex Hunt (Sheffield Wednesday, loan), Mike Fondop (Hartlepool), Tope Obadeyi (free agent)
ONES TO WATCH
The 29-year-old has netted three times and provided the same amount of goals despite operating primarily as a centre-back for the Latics this season.
Piergianni has featured in every game bar one since August and has scored some vital goals, including an 88th-minute leveller away at high-flying Sutton.
Davis Keillor-Dunn is the Latics’ top scorer this season with 10 goals in 29 appearances.
Keillor-Dunn is comfortable playing in the No.10 role and on the flank, where he has a tendency to cut in and score with either foot.
The 24-year-old has impressed under John Sheridan, scoring three goals in as many matches.
The Latics’ deadline day signing has hit the ground running at Boundary Park, netting twice in two appearances.
Fondop made a big statement upon arrival, scoring two against Newport in their thrilling 3-3 draw last weekend.
The 28-year-old joined the club from fellow Sky Bet League Two side Hartlepool, who terminated his contract after a year at the club.
Carl Pierigianni captains the Latics after a number of stellar performances in Blue made him a mainstay in the backline.
Piergianni initially joined the club on loan for the 2019/20 season, before signing permanently at the end of his temporary spell.
John Sheridan returned to Boundary Park at the end of January to begin his sixth spell in charge of the club.
Sheridan enjoyed a successful playing career, featuring heavily for the likes of Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United before finishing his career with Oldham.
The 57-year-old represented the Republic of Ireland over 30 times and was featured at two FIFA World Cups.
The Latics are yet to lose under his tutelage this season.
Newport 3 (Ryan Haynes 14’, Dom Telford 40’, Mickey Demetriou 89’)
Oldham 3 (Davis Keillor-Dunn 28’, Mike Fondop 49’, 82’)
OLDHAM: Danny Rogers; Jordan Clarke, Harrison McGahey, Carl Piergianni, Sam Hart (booked 7’); Callum Whelan, Dylan Bahamboula (booked 29’, dismissed 69’), Nicky Adams (Jack Stobbs 78’), Davis Kellior-Dunn; Christopher Missilou (booked 66’), Junior Luamba (Mike Fondop 45+2’) SUBS (not used): Harry Vaughn, Benny Couto, Jayson Leutwiler, Alex Hunt
Oldham Wins: 48
City Wins: 35