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League One preview and odds: Chesterfield vs. Oldham Athletic

Published on: 13/11/2015

League One preview and odds: Chesterfield vs. Oldham Athletic

November 14, 2015 15:00pm - Proact Stadium

League One

Chesterfield will be looking to keep their play-off ambitions on track when they welcome struggling Oldham to Proact Stadium for this League One fixture on Saturday afternoon.

Chesterfield in contention

Chesterfield have proved that fortunes can be turned around with hard work and perseverance. After a winless run of four defeats and a draw, they have bounced back with four wins in their last six league games. They enter this game on the back of a comprehensive 4-1 trouncing of FC United of Manchester in the first round of the FA Cup.

Their mixed bag of results throughout the season has resulted in a very balanced set of statistics with seven wins, seven defeats and two draws with 22 goal for and 23 against. Their current total of 23 points leaves them just four points outside the play-off zone in 11th place in the table. A win at the weekend could edge them even closer to the coveted qualification spots.

Oldham the stalemate kings

Oldham have won less and drawn more games than any other team in League One. David Dunn’s men have played out 10 stalemates already this season and recorded just two victories. The question remains as to whether they can start turning those draws into victories or whether results will start to take a negative turn.

With just one point separating them from the drop zone, they will need to increase their ratio of one point per game if they are to avoid sinking into the danger zone.

Perhaps the most incredible statistic of all is that the Latics have yet to lose a league game away from home this season having drawn seven times and won once (away to Swindon). The only other team in League One not to have been defeated away, are league leaders Walsall. In their latest game, Oldham drew 0-0 away to Mansfield in the FA Cup.

Team news

Chesterfield midfielder Dan Gardner missed the FA Cup clash with FC United of Manchester due to a neck injury but could be in line for a return this weekend. Sam Hird and Charlie Raglan could also return to the starting XI.

Meanwhile, Oldham will welcome back Liam Kelly who was suspended for last week’s FA Cup game against Mansfield after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season against Burton Albion.

Recent form (League)

Chesterfield: WLWWL

Oldham Athletic: LDWDL

Betting odds and tips

Oldham have drawn seven out of eight away games this season, so it seems only logical to suggest that the draw is the choice bet for this game. Bet365 will give you a generous 5/2 for this outcome.

Chesterfield have scored in six out eight home games this season and Oldham have netted in six out of eight aways. You can back both teams to score at 31/40 with Betvictor and the 1-1 draw can be backed at 13/2 with the same bookie.

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake has scored six times for Chesterfield this season and can be backed at 17/10 to score anytime with PaddyPower.

Published on: 13/11/2015

Any odds displayed within this preview were correct at the time of publishing (13/11/2015 12:46:37) but are subject to change.