Oldham is in the middle of the table with 49 points (13 10 14 46:56), 7 points more than the teams that are fighting for survival, and 7 points less than the teams that are fighting for the playoffs. In the last round win away against Crewe and ended the series of three defeats in a row, which is certainly contribute to greater confidence among players, but before this game have some problems with the composition of the team. The biggest problem is around the corner, because after the departure of Paul Rachubka in Crewe, became the first goalkeeper Jake Kean (11), who arrived on loan from Blackburn, but due to a knee injury he did not play against Crewe and yesterday he returned to Blackburn for inspection, so you probably will not play tonight. Another goalkeeper Joel Coleman (2), 19 old, defended well in the last round, but he then violated, so the question is whether it will be in goal tonight. Coach Holden was forced to borrow in search of a new goalkeeper. Also, in this game will not play against Crewe goal scorer Conor Wilkinson (att, 8/2) is unavailable due to being with the Republic of Ireland Under-21s and an injury list which includes Amari Morgan-Smith (att, 12/2 ), Jacob Mellis (mid, 6), George Elokobi (def, 23/3), Joseph Mills (def. 27) (all hamstring), as well as Liam Kelly (mid, 31/1), Dominic Napoleon (att, 27/1) and James Wilson (def, 34/1).
Rochdale is in eighth place with 53 points (16 5 15 63:47) fights for the playoffs and has 3 points behind sixth Peterborough, and two fewer games than him. In the last 5 games with 4 wins and 1 loss, and there are a series of two victories in a row. Coach Hill does not have any problems with the composition of the team compared to last match, will play a previously injured Matty Lund (mid, 13/2) and Calvin Andrew (att, 25/4), and Joe Rafftery (def, 25/1) is now back in contention following a hamstring injury but may have to be patient.
By some in my humble opinion, the city's goalkeeper is one of the most important in any team, and as Oldham has a problem with that, I will give priority to the guests, who are fighting for the playoffs and are in better shape.