Oldham v Peterborough Betting Tips: Things aren’t likely to get easier for struggling Latics

Jan 23 2017

This League One match sees struggling Oldham Athletic host play-off chasing Peterborough United at Boundary Park.

Oldham find themselves in the relegation mire after winning just one league match since 22nd October, this puts them down in 23rd place and a rather large six points off safety, however, with two games in hand, they still have half a chance of surviving the drop. They have recently appointed a manager in the form of club legend John Sheridan, who takes charge of Oldham for the fifth time, to try and lead them to survival.

Going forward has been the major problem for the Lactics this season and their pathetic record of just 13 goals scored in 26 matches (an average of 0.5 per match) is the worst record in England, stretching right down as far as both the National League North and South. It is no surprise that they have found the back of the net just once in their last six matches. Defensively, Oldham are actually pretty sound having kept two clean sheets in their last three league games and have not conceded more than two goals in any league match since 3rd September whilst their overall record of 28 conceded in 26 league matches is even better than top of the table Sheffield United.

John Sheridan managed to win his first home match in his latest spell at the helm of the Lactics against Gillingham which stretched Oldham’s unbeaten home run to two. Whilst this is nothing to be too proud about, it does show progress for a team battling against relegation. Even before Sheridan’s arrival, Lactics had only lost two of their last five league matches at Boundary Park, however, they do still have the unwanted record of the worst home record in the division having taken just 11 points from 12 games.

This second half of the season could be an exciting time for Peterborough United as, despite winning just once in their last five league matches, they still sit eighth in a compact League One, just four points off the play-offs with a game in hand on most teams and even two on some others. Although they have won just once in their last five, that victory came in their most recent match against Swindon Town at the weekend so perhaps this could be the start of another winning run – just like we saw from October to December last year.

The Posh are a side who have long been associated with goals and that has not changed this season having scored an impressive 40, more than two of the four teams currently in the play-off places, whilst they have also registered in each of their last ten matches in all competitions – including in the FA Cup match against Premier League leaders Chelsea. However, in typical Peterborough fashion,  they are not the best defensively and have kept just once clean sheet in their last six matches in all competitions and have conceded 31 overall – a worse record than Tuesday’s relegation-threatened opponents.

Away form has been pretty good for Grant McCann’s side with four wins in their last six league matches on the road and just one defeat in a surprising loss against struggling Bury. Furthermore, the Posh have the third best away record in the division with 21 points from 13 matches.

Given Oldham’s troubles and Peterborough’s excellent away record, I can only see a win for the visiting team here and  I am surprised that the bookmakers are giving such a large profit margin on that market with the price being 38/25. As previously mentioned, the Posh do like to attack teams and they should be capable of registering here, however, Oldham are pretty good at the back so I doubt they will be on the end of a thrashing. Keeping this in mind, ‘2-3 Total Goals’ makes a nice addition to the above selection.

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