Date: 8th February 2020 at 8:00am
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This afternoon sees Crewe Alexandra host Oldham Athletic at the Alexandra Stadium looking to complete a league double over the Latics after a 2-1 win at Boundary Park in August, the visitors sitting in 14th place in the league table.

So far this season, they have beaten Cambridge United, Morecambe twice, Walsall, Newport County, Crawley Town, Mansfield Town and Bradford City, they have drawn with Exeter City, Plymouth Argyle, Grimsby Town, Scunthorpe United, Cheltenham Town, Port Vale, Northampton Town, Leyton Orient, Macclesfield Town, Stevenage, Carlisle United and Salford City while they have lost to Forest Green Rovers, us, Bradford, Colchester United, Carlisle, Mansfield, Macclesfield, Swindon Town, Salford, Scunthorpe and Cheltenham.

In the cups, they lost to Blackburn Rovers in the EFL Cup 1st Round while they lost against Burton Albion in the 2nd Round of the FA Cup after defeating Gateshead in Round 1. In the EFL Trophy, they finished third in their group having beaten Liverpool’s Under-21s but lost to both Accrington Stanley and Fleetwood Town.

Since the first meeting, they have made twelve signings with wingers Dominic McHale and Zak Dearnley both arriving from non-league clubs, experienced midfielders Chris McCann and David Jones joining from DC United and Sheffield Wednesday respectively and forwards Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro (who, along with Jones, have already left the club) arriving from Emirati club Masfout Club and finally Danny Rowe joining from AFC Fylde. Joining the club on season-long loans are defenders Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Carl Piergianni, midfielders Jonny Smith, Christian N’Guessan and forwards Filipe Morais and Emmanuel Dieseruvwe.

Looking back in the archives, the two teams have met 79 times with Oldham leading the head-to-head with 41 wins to 19 with 19 draws. Crewe’s biggest win came in a 5-0 victory at the Alexandra Stadium in April 1959 while Oldham’s biggest win came at Boundary Park with a 4-0 win in November 1954.

Who are the officials for the game?

The officials for this game see Sam Purkiss as the man in the middle where he is assisted by Gary Hilton and Joe Simpson with Richard Woodward being the fourth official. Here is the only Crewe game that has been refereed by Purkiss in the previous 5 years:

  • Crewe Alexandra 3-1 Eastleigh (10th December 2019) – Anene (2), og