Bolton have a local derby of sorts tomorrow when they take on Oldham Athletic.
Well, it’s a derby if you’re one of those people who assume any game with any sort of a local angle is a derby. What is definitely is though is an opportunity for Bolton to pick up their first home win of the season. Oldham are bottom of the league with just one point from their opening run of fixtures, and like us and most clubs in the area at some point in the last few years, are dealing with a lot of off-field rubbish.
Having said that, we thought Grimsby was an opportunity for three points, and we failed to take that.
Shaun Miller and Lloyd Isgrove will apparently need a further week before they can come back into first team contention. Antoni Sarcevic’s fitness is improving after completing 90 minutes last Saturday. Tom White, Gethin Jones, Liam Edwards and Muhammadu Faal remain long term absentees.
Our last home match against Oldham was on pretty much the same weekend four years ago, in League One. Wanderers had hit the buffers a bit in a shaky September, but coming off a win at Swindon, we then beat Oldham 2-0, with both goals scored by Zach Clough.
It hasn’t been a great few years for Oldham, with relegation to League Two and now sat bottom of the league after one point from the opening five fixtures. The ownership of Abdallah Lemsagam has come under fire, with court appearances regarding a winding up order, an attempt from a former owner to put the club in administration, and worst of all, Laurence Bassini sniffing around. David Wheater is still on their books, even though he has been frozen out of the first team as they seem reluctant to honour his contract.
I’ll predict a narrow Bolton win, but we need to do more going forward than last week. 1-0