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Oldham’s second consecutive goalless draw – this time with Hartlepool on Saturday – extended their winless run to seven matches in the league.
That does, however, also mean back-to-back clean sheets, after having conceded eight goals in the two games beforehand and having previously gone eight matches without a clean sheet in the league.
Their last shutout actually came in the EFL Trophy when they edged past Sunderland, with Harry Vaughan‘s 53rd-minute goal at the Stadium of Light proving to be enough to pull off an upset against a side at the opposite end of League Two.
The Latics will have to hope for another upset on this occasion, considering they currently sit rock bottom of the football league and will be taking on a side flying high in the third tier.
Oldham’s bright youngsters Vaughan and Benny Couto will be pushing for places in the starting lineup on Tuesday after dropping to the bench for the last two games.
Considering their two successive blanks up front, attacking midfielder Vaughan is the more likely to break into the XI as Selim Benachour may choose to mix things up in the final third.
Even if the COVID-19 cases and injuries in their squad have started to subside, it remains unclear how many of Wigan’s affected players will be available to start.
Head coach Richardson will closely assess the fitness of his returning men, but an XI similar to that which started the win at Oxford is to be expected.
Therefore, top scorer Will Keane – currently on 10 League One goals for the campaign – should start up front, with support from James McLean and Gavin Massey out wide. Max Power – like McLean, a goalscorer last time out – will feature in midfield.
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Oldham Athletic possible starting lineup:
Leutwiler; Clarke, McGahey, Piergianni, Couto; Cisse, Whelan; Adams, Vaughan, Bahamboula; Hope
Wigan Athletic possible starting lineup:
Amos; Darikwa, Whatmough, Tilt, Bennett; Naylor, Power; Massey, Lang, McClean; Keane