Oldham v MK Dons preview
Last Updated: 03/08/18 4:04pm
Oldham and MK Dons both begin the season in a new division and with new managers at the helm following relegation from Sky Bet League One.
Latics boss Frankie Bunn is hopeful he will be able to call on one of his summer recruits, midfielder Jose Baxter, who has missed most of pre-season after rejoining the club he played for in 2012-13.
Baxter, Sam Surridge, who has joined on loan from Bournemouth, and Chris O’Grady, a free agent after leaving Chesterfield, will be charged with adding goals. Bunn could also call on other signings having brought in nine new faces during the summer.
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The Dons are likely to have midfielder Alex Gilbey available for the clash. The midfielder had been expected to be sidelined until Christmas after undergoing knee surgery in February but has been involved in a number of pre-season friendlies.
Last season’s top scorer Chuks Aneke is close to fitness having returned to full training on Monday but this game will come too soon while new signings Mathieu Baudry and Baily Cargill are likely to have to bide their time.
Several new signings are set to make their debuts, though, including Jordan Houghton, Ryan Watson and former Exeter pair Jordan Moore-Taylor and Ryan Harley, who have followed manager Paul Tisdale from the south coast.
Oldham and MK Dons face each other on the first day of the season having also done so in 2012, when the Dons came out on top in a 2-0 win.
Oldham were on a seven-match winless run against MK Dons (D1 L6) before winning their last league meeting 1-0 in February 2018; Oldham have never won consecutive matches against MK Dons in the EFL.
There has never been a draw between Oldham and the MK Dons in the Football League when Oldham have played at home, with the Latics winning six to MK Dons' five.
Oldham have not won on the opening day since they beat Stevenage 4-3 in 2013, losing two and drawing two since.
MK Dons have only lost one of their five opening round fixtures in the Football League when away from home (W3 D1).
Oldham begin life in League Two after having their 21-year spell in the third tier ended at the end of last season, although it will be familiar opposition to start off with!
Paul Tisdale left Exeter in disappointing circumstances after 12 years at the club, and it will be interesting to see how quickly he can make his mark at MK Dons. I'm backing him to start off his new era with a win.
David Prutton predicts: 0-1 (15/2 with Sky Bet)