Bradford City vs Oldham Athletic preview: How to watch, kick-off time, predicted lineups, team news and ones to watch
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Bradford City will host Oldham Athletic this coming Saturday at 15:00 BST, as the Latics look for their fourth victory of the season over the Bantams.

Keith Curle is still targeting his first triumph as Oldham manager, after replacing Harry Kewell a few weeks ago.

Mark Trueman and Conor Sellars’ City have hit a slight blip in what has been a fantastic reign in West Yorkshire, but have failed to win in their last three matches.

  • Team news

Bradford were struck with the news that key man Callum Cooke would be out for the next six weeks.

They will also be without long-term absentees Bryce HossanahHarry PritchardLee Novak and Zeli Ismail.

Oldham will be missing the likes of Zak DearnleyGeorge Blackwood, Marcus BarnesHarry Clarke and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson.

Laurie Walker will be making his third appearance for the Latics since joining on an emergency loan from MK Dons, following Ian Lawlor’s injury.

  • Predicted lineups

Bradford City: Hornby; A O’Connor, P O’Connor, Canavan, Wood, Watt, Sutton, Vernam, Evans, Crankshaw, Cook.

Oldham: Walker; Adams, Jameson, Piergianni, Badan, Fage, McCalmont, Whelan, Hilssner, McAleny, Keillor-Dunn.

  • Ones to watch

Paudie O’Connor

Club captain Paudie O’Connor has been a revelation under Trueman and Sellars.

The 23-year-old Irishman has been a controlling presence at the back, and has the highest average rating in the squad with 7.15. Alongside Niall Canavan, he has really grown as a player and benefitted off of his experience.

Alfie McCalmont

Leeds United loanee Alfie McCalmont has definitely shown the incentive his parent club would’ve wanted.

McCalmont has already scored twice against Bradford this season, and has been an ever present in the Oldham midfield. A dominating box-to-box youngster, McCalmont has shown he is hardworking and a real workhorse in the middle of the park.

  • Previous meeting

Oldham have beaten Bradford three times this season, but most recently it was a clear victory for the Latics. Goals from Dylan BahamboulaCarl Piergianni and Davis Keillor-Dunn cancelled out Paudie O’Connor’s late consolation strike.

  • How to watch

​​​​​​​The match is available on iFollow via Scunthorpe or Oldham’s respective club websites, with match passes at £10 for those in the United Kingdom

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