Oldham Athletic vs Tranmere Rovers preview: How to watch, kick-off time, predicted lineups, team news, officiating and ones to watch
Above: Last season’s encounter between Tranmere Rovers and Oldham Athletic, as Kieron Morris and Alfie McCalmont tussle for possession (Photo taken by Eddie Garvey/MI News/NurPhoto/Getty Images)

Oldham Athletic will look to grasp their first victory of the season over a Tranmere Rovers side who have lost just one of their previous eight encounters with the Latics.

Keith Curle’s Oldham side were unfortunate on the opening day of the Sky Bet League Two season on Saturday, as a late Kevin Ellison goal meant that Newport County were victorious at Boundary Park.

Tranmere on the other hand were more joyful about Saturday, as a Callum McManaman strike secured the three points over a rejuvenated Walsall side.

Micky Mellon’s Tranmere side’s largest ever victory came against Oldham, in a crazy 13-4 win back in 1935.

  • Team news

It’s unclear as of right now what the Oldham team might look like, with a number of players potentially still self-isolating, as they were for the Newport fixture too.

This could see key players Dylan Bahamboula and Hallam Hope, but the club are yet to confirm.

Meanwhile with their opponents, Tranmere will be without defender Chris Merrie, who was shown a straight red card on Saturday for a rash challenge.

New goalkeeper Ross Doohan, who recently joined the club on loan from Scottish giants Celtic, may be granted a first start for the club despite Joe Murphy’s clean sheet against Walsall.

  • Predicted lineup

Oldham Athletic: Rogers; Adams, Clarke, Piergianni, Jameson, Hart, Whelan, Cisse, Bowden, Keillor-Dunn, Luamba

Tranmere Rovers: Doohan; Cogley, Davies, Clarke, Maguire, McManaman, Spearing, Watson, Glatzel, Feeney, Dieseruvwe 

  • Ones to watch

Davis Keillor-Dunn

One of Sky Bet League Two’s most underrated players of last season, Keillor-Dunn is an integral way of how Oldham play.

A versatile attacker who can play behind the striker, on the wing or up front, Keillor-Dunn is the player who links play between midfield to attack, even nabbing himself ten goals and five assists in 41 games last season.

With Hope still a doubt ahead of tomorrow, Keillor-Dunn will have to do the majority of the work helping out either Jacob Blyth or Junior Luamba depending who starts up front. 

Callum McManaman

Saturday’s hero and a player who should be heavily involved for Tranmere this season, McManaman is quite the coup for League Two.

An experienced player who has played for the likes of West Bromwich AlbionSunderland and Luton Town, McManaman was the Man of the Match in the 2013 FA Cup Final, as Wigan Athletic stunned Manchester City to lift the trophy.

Now plying his trade in League Two, McManaman is a pacy attacker who loves to drive at defenders, and caused problems to Walsall all game on Saturday.

  • The officiating

Referee: Scott Oldham

Assistant referees: Mark Jones/ Ivan Stankovic

Fourth official: Andrew Miller

  • Previous meeting

Like it was mentioned earlier, Oldham have managed to defeat Tranmere just once in their previous eight meetings, and that did not happen last season.

Last time out, Oldham rescued a late point in an action-packed 2-2 draw, as an early Keillor-Dunn goal was cancelled out by Calum MacDonald and Kaiyne Woolery, before Bahamboula equalised late on.

​​​​​​​This game is a 19:45 BST kick-off, but unfortunately cannot be watched in the UK. However, it can be watched internationally through the clubs' streaming services on their website. Tickets are also still available for the match, however pay on the gate is not permitted due to covid-19 restrictions.