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Preview: Oldham Athletic v Barrow

23 February 2021

Match Previews

Preview: Oldham Athletic v Barrow

23 February 2021

We take a closer look at the action ahead of this evening's League Two trip to Boundary Park.

Oldham Athletic v Barrow
Tuesday 23rd February 2021, 7pm
Boundary Park
Sky Bet League Two

In Opposition
Oldham Athletic have been the side to watch if you want guaranteed goals this season, with Harry Kewell’s side involved in some thrilling encounters throughout 2020/21.

There are only a couple of sides in the division who have scored more than their 46 league goals this season, but they have also conceded 52 which is by far the highest in League Two.

Oldham don’t tend to mess around with draws, they prefer to get on the front foot looking for victory and only five of their 28 league games this term have ended all-square.

The Boundary Park outfit have recovered from a poor start to move in to a relatively comfortable 17th position ahead of tonight’s game but they will be hoping to keep on climbing in the coming months.

One To Watch
Conor McAleny has hit a rich run of form since joining Oldham Athletic during the summer and is The Latics’ leading scorer with 16 goals in all competitions this term.

The 28-year-old forward is enjoying one of his best ever campaigns and his goals will be a key factor as they look to continue climbing the League Two table.

A former Everton youngster, McAleny joined Athletic from Fleetwood Town in August and the Barrow defence will need to keep a close eye on him during this evening’s encounter.

Head To Head
Tonight will be the first time Barrow have been to Boundary Park since a 1-1 draw in the First Round of the FA Cup back in November 2001 – The Latics won the replay 1-0 at Holker Street.

It’s not been the happiest of venues for The Bluebirds in the past having only won eight times there in the previous 37 visits.

Athletic have won three of the last five encounters between the sides, including their 4-3 win in Cumbria in November, while you have to go back to October 1968 for Barrow’s last triumph.

Michael Salisbury will take charge of his first Barrow game of the season when he’s on the whistle for tonight’s encounter with Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park.

The official is now in to his fifth season on the EFL’s list of referees and has overseen 15 games this term, his most recent coming at the end of January when Rotherham United won 3-0 at Middlesbrough.

Salisbury last saw Barrow in action on the opening day of 2015/16 when he was the man in the middle for our 2-1 win over Dover Athletic at Holker Street.

Oldham Athletic are 11/8 favourites for three points this evening, with Barrow rated a 7/4 shot for victory at Boundary Park and the draw priced up at 12/5 with our friends at Sky Bet.

Click here now to take a look at Sky Bet’s range of odds on this evening’s action.

Live Streaming
Match Passes to watch tonight’s game live on iFollow Barrow are now available – fans are reminded that Season Ticket holders do not get free access to away games.

Fans in the UK can buy a Match Pass to watch the action now priced at £10, while overseas supporters pay £7.

We would remind supporters that commentary attached to the live stream this evening will be provided by the home team, with BBC Radio Cumbria unable to travel due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Click here now to buy your Match Pass for tonight’s game.

Live Commentary
We will also provide an audio commentary of the game as we link up with Oldham Athletic for their live coverage, due to BBC Radio Cumbria being prevented from travelling due to COVID-19 restrictions.

You can purchase an Audio Match Pass for £2.50, an Audio Monthly Pass for £4.49 or sign-up for Audio Season Pass which provides all live commentary and video news for just £45.

Click here now to subscribe to iFollow Barrow.

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