For the third time of asking, Swansea are hoping to get thier first win of the season as they travel to Boundary Park to face Oldham.
We got our first point on Tuesday with a well-earned point at Scunthorpe after losing our opening game at hope to Cheltenham.
Oldham boss, John Sheridan:
‘I am not too unhappy.’
‘We are trying a new system and play a way I feel will get us out of the division.
‘I will carry on because I think it will make us a better team. If we get the tempo up I am confident we will start to score goals and get the results we want.
‘We should have got something out of both games so far and four points would have been a fair reflection.’
‘It hasn’t been a kind start to the season,’
‘But we won’t be feeling sorry for ourselves because there’s no need to.
‘There’s a great season ahead of us if we can get the whole equation right.
‘I’m still looking around the training ground and thinking there are some bloody good players here.
”We’re just focusing on trying to get our first win tomorrow.’
Oldham Team News:
Goalkeeper Les Pogliacomi is out because of injury and that’ll mean Chris Howarth will come in to replace him.
Chris Porter and Matty Wolfenden are still ruled out with injuries, while Moussa Dabo short of match fitness despite playing in a mid-week reserve game.
Chris Hall and Neil Wood are both expected to shake off minor knocks.
Player to watch: Gary McDonald
Oldham’s player to watch according to Vital Oldham is Gary McDonald.
The former Kilmarnock midfielder joined Oldham at the beginning of the season and has started in both games so far this year.
Swansea Team News:
With Garry Monk out for 4-6 months, Jackett has named Darren Pratley as our new captain and I think he’s definately the best man for the job. He looked like he controlled the midfield against Cheltenham and looked like a born leader.
Also injured is Andy Robinson, who is sidelined for 2 weeks after damaging ankle ligaments during the Scunthorpe game.
We lost a 3rd player in the same game as Alan Tate misses the next 3 matches after being sent off.
Kevin McLeod is struggling with illness so Butler is likely to start again on the left wing.
Izzy should start despite missing training recently because of sickness and he’ll probably be joined by Austin in the centre of defence.
O’Leary is also suffering from illness but with our long list of absentees he could join Pratley again in midfield.
If Kris is unable to play, Jackett could play 3 up front, with Trundle, Knight and Fallon forming our strikeforce.
Player to watch: Leon Knight
The small, pacey striker will cause endless problems for the Latics tomorrow and has scored 1 goal for the Swans this season.
Match Facts & Stats
Oldham have yet to score so far this season and have lost both their games 1-0.
Last season’s game at Boundary Park ended in a 1-1 draw, the game at the Liberty Stadium was also a draw – 0-0.
Our last win at Boundary Park was 37 years ago in 1969! We won 1-0. In 18 games since then, we’ve won 4 of them, drawn 8 and lost 6.
I think we’ll finally get our first win of the season tomorrow. Oldham are yet to score but that’ll probably mean they’ll score their first goal(s) against our weak defence!
I think we’ll win 2-1.
Remember to predict the score in our Prediction League game at www.pleague.co.uk
Home: 2 (11.76%)
Away: 7 (41.18%)
Draw: 8 (47.06%)
Saturday 19th August:
vs Doncaster (h)
3pm kick off