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PREVIEW: OLDHAM ATHLETIC (H)

6 February 2015

The Iron host Oldham Athletic on Saturday looking to build on last week’s impressive 4-1 victory at Leyton Orient and continue to climb up the League One table.

Tom Hopper was in impressive form once again, adding two goals to his tally since joining the club on loan from Premier League side Leicester City.

The Iron will hope their striker can continue this going into the game against play-off chasing Oldham, who find themselves in 10th and two points off the top six.

The Latics will be keen to bounce back at Glanford Park, having lost both of their last two away matches, losing to Barnsley and Gillingham.

New signing Rhys Murphy might be included in the Oldham squad for the first time following his deadline day move from Dagenham and Redbridge.

Mark Robins will be able to call upon new striker Kevin van Veen for Saturday’s clash, with the striker receiving international clearance to finalise his move.

George Evans could be given his home debut by the Iron boss, following his loan move from Manchester City.  The midfielder made a late substitute appearance last week.

Oldham won the reverse fixture between the sides, with Danny Philliskirk’s late strike securing a 3-2 win for the Latics at Boundary Park.

The last encounter at Glanford Park was a 2-2 draw, although the Iron did race into an early 2-0 lead thanks to Niall Canavan and Mark Duffy.

Former Scunthorpe defender Cliff Byrne was on target that day as was Jose Baxter, securing a draw for the Latics, with James Wesolowksi sent-off for the visitors.

The last home victory for the Iron against Oldham came back in the 2010/11 Carling Cup, with Jonathan Forte and Martyn Woolford’s goals leading United to a 2-1 victory.

Out of a total of 44 matches played between the two sides, Scunthorpe have a slightly better record than Oldham, winning 15 compared to the Latics’ 13, with 16 draws between the two sides.

Ahead of the game, see our article on the matchday officials, as well as the betting preview, picking the best odds from the league’s official sponsor, Sky Bet.

If you cannot make it to Glanford Park to see if the Iron can continue their rise up Sky Bet League One, keep track of the action by tuning into the club’s official social media channels or the official website, with live updates available from kick-off.


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