City v Oldham. Match preview.

Last updated : 30 January 2003 By Michael Morris
Oldham come to Ninian Park unbeaten away from home this season. The Latics are a point above City but have played two games more.

The game is live on Sky and City will be hoping to even up the score. After winning the first live game v Tranmere the Bluebirds lost agaisnt Bristol City and at Coventry. A win tomorrow would make it 2 - 2 as far as winning televised games.

For Cardiff a win would not only break Oldham's fine away record it would also represent the first Bluebirds double of the season. So far we have played Luton twice (draw/defeat), Swindon (win/draw) Huddersfield (win/defeat) and Cheltenham (draw/win). The win at Oldham on the opening day of the season (match report) was watched by over 2,400 City fans, the largest league away following this season by the Bluebirds. It would be nice to see Oldham bring 10% of that amount.

A win would also bring City level on points with Crewe (who entertain Northampton on Saturday thereby going a game ahead again), open a 2 point gap over Oldam with 2 games in hand and extend the lead over Bristol City to 5 points (Bristol also play Saturday but a tricky game at Blackpool).

Changes are to be made to the City line up for tomorrows game. It's expected that Spencer Prior, Andy Legg, Leo FW and Fan Zhiyi will be missing from the starting line up that took the field at the McAlpine last week.

In comes Alan Mahon - 100% certain to start, Gary Croft, Willie Boland and Graham Kavanagh.

There are still question marks. Kav is hoping to be fit. Will Mark Bonner keep his place or will Jason Bowen get the right sided midfield place. Chris Barker is expected to move inside to centre half in place of Prior with Croft in at left back. If Rhys Weston is struggling Croft may go to right back with Leggy at left back. The general feeling is that City will play with a 4 - 4 - 2 formation.

Weston, Young, Barker, Croft
Bowen or Bonner Boland, Kav, Mahon
Thorne, Earnshaw

Subs from Margetson, Prior, Legg, Campbell, Collins, maybe Hamilton or Gordon after good displays in midweek. Gavin could well take Leo's place on the bench.

We may know more on Friday as kick off approaches.

The game kicks off at 7:45pm, Friday January 31st. It's live on Sky with full coverage in the chat room and and first reaction on the messageboard.