Our prediction for this League 2 match:
There will be fireworks when Oldham Athletic and Newport County face each other in the season opener at Boundary Park. Despite producing excellent displays in the 2020/21 League Two season, the Exiles eventually failed to secure promotion to the League One. The Welsh outfit were beaten by Morecambe in the playoffs final, and, no doubt, they are eager to make amends for the heart-breaking defeat. Veteran attacker Padraig Among is widely expected to lead the line for the visitors.
The Latics management, on the other hand, did well to sign the likes of Hart, Clarke, McGahey, Hope, Sheenan, Stobbs, and Leutwiler in the summer transfer window. Considering that Oldham are tough to beat at home, share of spoils is on the cards at Boundary Park. You should bear in mind that 16 goals in total have been netted in the previous three meetings between the two clubs.
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.
Highlighted Team (Newport County):
Nicknamed the Exiles, Newport County are a Welsh club that welcome their rivals at Rodney Parade. Despite being based in Wales, the club compete in the English League Two. Newport County’s home ground was built in 1904, and it has a capacity of 7,850 people. The club’s home colours are amber shirts and black shorts, with the team wearing black, gray and amber kit when playing on the travels.
Newport County did well to win Welsh Cup in 1980, with the team making it to the FA Trophy in 2012. In 2008 the Latics managed to win the FAW Premier Cup, with the team beating fellow Welsh club Llanelli 1-0 in the title game.
Newport County recorded their biggest league win against Merthyr Town (10-0) on April 10, 1930, with the team suffering their heaviest defeat to Newcastle United (0-13) on October 5, 1946. The club’s record league attendance is 24,268. The record was set on October 16, 1937, when Newport County hosted Cardiff City in a Football League Third Division South game.