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Swansea vs. Oldham

Liberty Stadium

10th Feb 2007

3pm

Swansea vs Oldham

Kenny Jackett and his side have the perfect opportunity tomorrow to prove to everyone that they are capable of beating the top sides in the Division.

Despite of the weather, the game should go ahead as the Stadium's undersoil heating comes into good use.

February could be make or break month for the Swans as we also face Scunthorpe, Doncaster and Yeovil - 3 other clubs competing near the top of League One.

Vital Quotes:

Kenny Jackett: 'We've got a great opportunity over the next four games to really pull back on the leaders,''

'I'm glad we are playing the teams around us because it can make a big difference at the top of the table if we do well.

'Oldham have done very well this season and have plenty of strength and experience throughout their side. But we haven't been outclassed or outplayed by anyone this season.

'I know there was a bit of a reaction from the crowd to our defeat at Cheltenham, but we can't complain.

'They've been fantastic all season and it's up to us to play with plenty of passion, commitment and quality to give them plenty to cheer on Saturday.''

Latics boss, John Sheridan: 'Swansea will be a very tough prospect - I think they have one of the best squads in the division - but we can go there and win.

'I'm very pleased with our away form, we've scored lots of goals as the away side and hopefully we can continue taking the game to the home team.

'Swansea have some good players and the financial backing to add to their squad, and we'll have to earn the right to go and get something there. We're up for it, though.'

Swansea Team News:

Jackett will have Richard Duffy available again after returning from suspension and international duty. Thomas Butler faces a late fitness test.

Williams is out though as he requires more surgery on his hernia injury.

Player to watch: Britton

The right winger seems to be our only consistent performer lately and no doubt he'll put in another tireless performance tomorrow.

Oldham Team News:



heridan is expected to name an unchanged side from the one that beat Tranmere 1-0 last weekend.

Veterand defender Simon Charlton will have a late fitness test on a hamstring injury while Richie Wellens is suspended.

Player to watch: Porter

Porter is the League's joint top scorer along with Scunthorpe's Billy Sharp. His 19 goals this season has helped the Latics to an automatic promotion place.

Match Facts & Stats

Oldham are currently in 2nd place, 3 points behind leaders Scunthorpe but with a game in hand.

The 5-0 thrashing of Nottingham Forest on New Year's Day stands for Oldham this season. In the last 5 league games, they've won 3, drawn 1 and lost 1. They drew away at Scunthorpe 1-1 while Bristol City comfortably beat them 3-0 at Oldham.

Despite being undefeated in January, which put Jackett in the shortlist for manager of the month, Swansea are hardly showing they're capable of getting a top 2 finish.

February didn't get off to a good start with a dissapointing defeat at Cheltenham, as the Robins completed the double over us.

In January, we played 4 league games, winning 2 and drawing 2.

Match Prediction:

Oldham could provide us with one of our most difficult tests at home so far this season. They'll want to win to close in on leaders Scunthorpe while we need to be fired up to move up the table, a defeat could see move down a few places.

I'm predicting a score draw.

Predict the score here

Next Fixtures:

Saturday, 17 February 2007
Doncaster v Swansea, 15:00

Tuesday, 20 February 2007
Swansea v Scunthorpe, 19:45

Saturday, 24 February 2007,br>Yeovil v Swansea, 15:00




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