Morecambe vs Oldham Athletic preview: How to watch, kick-off time, predicted lineups, team news and ones to watch
Above: Dylan Bahamboula and Sam Lavelle challenge for the ball aerially (Source: Getty Images, NurPhoto)

Morecambe host Oldham Athletic this coming Saturday at 12:30 BST, as the Shrimps look to close the gap on the automatic positions in the race for promotion.

Derek Adams' side have defied the odds this season with their current league position, and are just four points adrift of Bolton Wanderers in the top three. With a run of just three wins in their last eight however, a good run is needed for the home side.

Keith Curle's Latics on the other hand are beginning to find form under the former Northampton Town boss, with nine goals scored in their last two games and just three conceded and three wins in their last five, Oldham are preparing well for next season as the play-offs now look to be a bit of a stretch.

  • Team news

The hosts will be without striker Jordan Slew for the remainder of the season, as his campaign was ended by a fracture to his fibula.

Oldham will be keeping an eye on Cole Stockton who scored the winner in October.

Curle continues to be without the likes of George BlackwoodZak Dearnley and Marcus Barnes, limiting their striking options.

Goalkeeper Ian Lawlor continues to be absent, continuing Laurie Walker's emergency loan progress.

  • Predicting lineups

Morecambe: Letheren; Mellor, Lavelle, Knight-Percival, Gibson, Songo'o, O'Sullivan, Wildig, Diagouraga, Gomes, Stockton.

Oldham Athletic: Walker; Clarke, Piergianni, Jameson, Fage, McCalmont, Whelan, Borthwick-Jackson, Bahamboula, McAleny, Keillor-Davis.

  • Ones to watch

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Carlos Mendes Gomes

Former Atletico Madrid prodigy Gomes has had a rather extraordinary career, playing in Spain to now ripping up League Two in an underdog Morecambe side.

The left-winger has managed 13 goals and three assists so far this season, and has dominated the wing when terrorising the full-backs he comes up against. Oldham's five at the back formation may be an attempt to combat the Spaniard, but with his range of skills and directness, it's a difficult task for any team to contain the 22-year old.

Davis Keillor-Dunn

A fantastic prospect to come from non-league side Wrexham, Keillor-Dunn has flourished in this Oldham side.

The versatile attacker has mastered being on the wing or up front with his nauseating pace and determined work rate. With 10 goals and nine assists this season, Keillor-Dunn has been an admirable partner to Conor McAleny as the duo continue to threaten League Two defences.

  • Previous meeting

These two sides last faced in October in what was a riveting game in Lancashire, as the Shrimps bested the Latics by three goals to two. Aaron Wildig's first half opener was cancelled out by McAleny early in the second half, but two quickfire goals from Alex Kenyon and Stockton diminished McAleny's late consolation goal, as Morecambe stole the three points.

  • How to watch

​​​​​​​The match is available on iFollow via Morecambe or Bradford's respective club websites, with match passes at £10 for those in the United Kingdom. 

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