Scunthorpe can pile more pressure on their League One title rivals with victory on Tuesday.
Oldham v Scunthorpe - Tuesday 19:45
Scunthorpe extended their lead at the top of League One to four points on Saturday with a rousing come-from-behind victory over MK Dons. Paddy Madden was the hero, coming off the bench to bag a 15-minute brace on a quiet day for Josh Morris, who had to be content with just one assist. It’s a fine demonstration of the strength in depth Graham Alexander has.
Better still, the Iron came off the field to discover that Bradford’s unbeaten start had hit the rocks in stoppage time at Oxford, so now the focus must surely be on consolidating their position. The emphasis will surely be on the result rather than the performance at Boundary Park. Take the 10/1 available on the 0-2 correct score.
Oldham have made positive strides under Steve Robinson in recent weeks, winning successive away games at Fleetwood (in the Checkatrade Trophy) and Gillingham, to lift themselves off the foot of the table. But they lack the firepower to sustain such standards. Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Bolton was the eighth time they have fired a blank this season.
Walsall, Northampton, Chesterfield, Swindon and MK Dons have all kept clean sheets at this venue and though shut-outs have been few and far between for Scunny, by title challenging standards, this should be one occasion where they will appreciate the benefits of high uncertainty avoidance. If they take the lead, a second goal could be a formality as Oldham chase the leveller.