Our prediction for this EFL Cup match:
Brentford and Oldham square off against each other at Brentford Community Stadium in the EFL Cup last 32. The Bees quickly bounced back from a 1-0 loss to Brighton, with the team beating Wolverhampton 2-0 at the weekend. Ivan Toney impressed in the Molineux Stadium triumph, but the team’s key attacker is likely to be rested against Oldham. Midfielder Shandon Baptiste is banned for the match, while Bech Sorensen and Dasilva remain in the recovery room.
All Onyeka, Jorgensen, and Roerslev Rasmussen are pushing for a start, as well as talented Finland attacker Forss. The Latics, on the other hand, have been struggling in front of goal of late, with the team failing to find the net in the previous three league fixtures. Oldham are low on spirits ahead of the trip to London, which is probably the main reason why home win should be considered. Harrison McGahey is definitely out of contention with injury for the visiting team.
Highlighted Player (Pontus Jansson):
Sweden international defender Pontus Jansson started his career at a local club Arlovs Bl before moving to Swedish giants Malmo in 2006. Three years later the talented centre-back was given his first-team debut, off the back of a highly successful season which saw his pick up a prestigious Academy Player of the Year award.
During his five-year stay with Malmo Jansson went on to play 98 league matches, score 6 goals and impose himself as a commanding presence for his club. A ball-playing central defender who likes to keep things clean and simple, Jansson boasts impressive composure and never backs under pressure. The Swedish defender was plucked by the Serie A side Torino in 2014 where he failed to make his big international break.
Three years into his stay in Italy – and a season-long loan at Leeds United after – Pontus Jansson moved to Elland Road on permanent basis. His work-rate, great positioning and impressive physicall ability made him one of the hottest properties in the summer of 2018 with Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and other Premier League sides expressing interest in high services, but Jansson opted to remain at Leeds and work under Marcelo Bielsa.
Highlighted Team (Oldham):
Based in Oldham, Greater Manchester, Oldham Athletic are a professional football club that compete in League Two. The Latics play their home matches at Boundary Park, the venue with the capacity of 13,512 spectators. Oldham Athletic are well known for their blue and white home kit, with the owl being the symbol of the club.
The Latics did remarkably well to make it to the League Cup final in 1990, but Nottingham Forest proved to be a big catch for Joe Royle’s troops in the title game. Oldham made it to the FA Cup semis on three occasions (1912/13, 1989/90, 1993/94), and in 1979 they advanced to the Anglo-Scottish Cup final. The Latics registered their biggest league triumph on December 26, 1962, with the team crushing Southport 11-0 in Division 4.
Speaking of the club’s heaviest defeat, Oldham Athletic were hammered by Tranmere Rovers 14-3 at Prenton Park on December 26, 1935. Bolton, Stockport, and Blackburn are the club’s traditional rivals, but nowadays, Huddersfield Town are seen as the Latics’ fiercest rivals.