Oldham and MK Dons meet in a fascinating League One fixture this evening with the home side aiming to avoid a third successive defeat against their in-form visitors.
Oldham have lost their last two league games 2-0 and this leaves them sitting in mid-table after an up and down run of form during their eleven matches.
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Things were looking extremely positive at the beginning of the campaign when they recorded back to back victories in August, but they have failed to put a consistent unbeaten run together since and they would love to return to winning ways this evening.
As for MK Dons, they continue to be in the promotion picture as they sit 4th in the table with 22 points from their opening 11 games. In fact, should they win this evening, they would climb into the automatic promotion places on goal difference.
They will want to put rumours surrounding their manager Karl Robinson to one side if they are to be 100% focused tonight. The MK Dons boss has been linked with the vacant manager’s position at Nottingham Forest.
Steve McLaren left the City Ground last week and Robinson has since said that he is ‘honoured’ to be linked with Forest, but that he was more than committed to MK Dons.
He said: “I’ve made a few promises to the fans, players and chairman that I’ve got a job to do here. There’s very few clubs that could tempt me right now.”
As for the fixture tonight, it is one of the only domestic fixtures during a week or so dominated by international football, so both teams would love to get three points on the board ahead of next weekend.
In terms of team news, Oldham captain Dean Furman could return to the squad after making a positive recovery from a knee injury.
MK Dons are a little short on strikers because of injuries and England Under-21 call-ups, but Stephen Gleeson returns after suspension to help his team attempt to climb into the automatic promotion places.
This one gets underway 19.45pm this evening