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Fri 02 Sep 16

This weekend Shrewsbury Town are back on the road for the relatively short trip to Oldham Athletic. The Latics currently occupy 13th place in League One after winning once and drawing three of their five league games so far this season.

Head to Head
We've played Oldham on no less than 52 times since we first met in the league in November 1950. We drew that one 2-2 at Gay Meadow but managed to win the away game the following year 2-1. our most recent results came last season when we lost at home, won at home in the JPT and drew away. Of the 52 games we've played we've won 21 times, lost 19 times and drawn 12.

The Manager
Stephen Robinson had a busy summer this year as Northern Ireland assistant manager in Euro 2016.  He was also assistant manager with Motherwell but this is his first post as manager. He's had a frenetic time in the transfer market since he arrived with a number of players having left the club. He looks to have signed a whole squads worth of players and is still recruiting now with his latest signing arriving a couple of days ago.

Selected Stats
Oldham are unbeaten in their last four League One games but have only scored twice in the league this season.
The Latics have been quite mean when it comes to conceding goals with just one goal put past them in the league since their opening day 3-0 defeat at Millwall.
They've already kept three clean sheets in League One which is pretty good going over five games.

Referee
Andy Haines From Tyne & Wear. Games this season: 7. Yellow cards: 18. Red cards: 1.

Assistants
Kevin Mulraine and Helen Byrne

Fourth Official
Christopher Ward

Squad News
Shaun Whalley has returned to training but Jim O'Brien looks set to miss out. New signings Jack Grimmer and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake are available for selection.

Prediction
With both teams signing new players this week it's difficult to call this one. Oldham are in quite good form with the exception of their strikers and to be fair, we've been misfiring a little ourselves in front of goal. We have a new striker in the shape of Sylvan Ebanks Blake which should shake things up a bit in the front positions and maybe the competition for places will help us find the net more regularly. Obviously I'm going to go for a positive result for Town, my predictions have more than a little hope in them.
Oldham 1-2 Shrewsbury Town

COYB!!!