Our prediction for this League 2 match:
Oldham Athletic will look to bounce back from a heavy 4-0 loss to Leyton Orient when they host Hartlepool at their Boundary Park on Matchday 8. The Latics have been struggling at the back of late, and, no doubt, head coach Keith Curle feels pressure ahead of Saturday’s clash. The Oldham boss should opt to make changes to the team that suffered the loss at Leyton, with all Vaughan, Dearnley, and Da Silva pushing for a start.
Hartlepool, on the other hand, suffered a 1-0 loss to Sutton in their last league match, with the team dropping to fifth place in the standings. The Pools are eager to regain their spot in top three, and they should take advantage of Oldham’s poor form. Dave Challinor is likely to switch to the 5-3-2 formation for the Oldham game.
Highlighted Player (Conor McAleny):
Conor McAleny is a product of Everton youth academy, joining the club from Merseyside in 2003 at the age of 11. Despite the fact that his main position is centre-forward, McAleny is used as both second striker and left winger as well. McAleny did spend his youth career at Goodison Park, but it has to be noted that he made no more than two appearances for the Toffees at senior level.
The English attacker, who was born in Whiston on August 12, 1992, made his first-team debut in a 1-0 Premier League loss to Arsenal on December, 2011. Conor McAleny played for the likes of Scunthorpe United, Brentford, Cardiff City, Charlton Athletic, Wigan Athletic and Oxford United before signing a deal with Fleetwood Town.
The right-footed striker spent the second half of the 2018/2019 season on loan at Kilmarnock, scoring 3 goals in 11 appearances for the club in the Scottish Premier League.