FA Cup: Liverpool v Oldham match preview

A look ahead to Sunday’s FA Cup third round tie at Anfield

This is third meeting between the pair in three seasons thanks to the FA Cup, with Oldham pulling off a major upset last time out.

Liverpool seem far more assured this season, and despite a difficult festive period where they dropped from first to fifth and back into the top four following victory against Hull on New Year’s Day, Brendan Rodgers will not be hoping for a repeat of last year’s result with the Reds clear favourites to progress to the next round and attempt to win the competition for the first time since 2006.

Whilst things are going well for the Merseyside club in the league, things are not going as well for Oldham who sit 19 in League One level on points with Crewe who occupy the final relegation spot.

Lee Johnson’s side are on a run of no league wins in six – three draws and three losses - however, the Latics did overcome League Two outfit Mansfield 4-1 in a second round replay midway through December to set up this weekend’s tie and offer a welcome distraction from the league.

Rodgers may decide to rotate his line-up for this clash after four games in 12 days, although his side must be wary that in the previous two meetings Oldham have gone ahead twice, winning one but eventually losing 5-1 in 2012.

 

KICK-OFF: Sunday, 3:00pm

 

PAST MEETINGS 3 MEETINGS:

Oldham 3 (Smith 2, Wabara) Liverpool 2 (Suarez, Allen), FA Cup 4 Round, January 2013

Liverpool 5 (Bellamy, Gerrard, Shelvey, Carroll, Downing) Oldham 1 (Simpson), FA Cup 3 Round, January 2012

Oldham 0 Liverpool 3 (Dicks, Fowler, Redknapp), Premiership, January 1994

 

STATS:

Liverpool have won five of their last eight Premier League matches whilst Oldham have not won a league fixture in six.

Luis Suarez reached 20 Premier League goals in 15 games this season which eclipses the previous record of 21 games set by Kevin Phillips in 1999/00.

The two teams have met five times in the FA Cup with Liverpool winning four and Oldham winning the most recent last season.

 

ODDS:

Liverpool to win: 1.06

Oldham to win: 23.0

Draw: 8.0

TV: Highlights on ITV at 10.45pm

Sport
Alexis Sanchez has completed a £35m move to Arsenal, the club have confirmed
sportGunners complete £35m signing of Barcelona forward
Voices
Poor teachers should be fearful of not getting pay rises or losing their job if they fail to perform, Steve Fairclough, headteacher of Abbotsholme School, suggested
voicesChris Sloggett explains why it has become an impossible career path
Sport
world cup 2014
Sport
Popes current and former won't be watching the football together
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Sport
News
Wayne’s estate faces a claim for alleged copyright breaches
newsJohn Wayne's heirs duke it out with university over use of the late film star's nickname
Arts and Entertainment
Celebrated children’s author Allan Ahlberg, best known for Each Peach Pear Plum
books
News
peopleIndian actress known as the 'Grand Old Lady of Bollywood' was 102
News
business
News
Mick Jagger performing at Glastonbury
people
Sport
Germany's Andre Greipel crosses the finish line to win the sixth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 194 kilometers (120.5 miles) with start in Arras and finish in Reims, France
tour de franceGerman champion achieves sixth Tour stage win in Reims
Extras
indybest
Life and Style
beautyBelgian fan lands L'Oreal campaign after being spotted at World Cup
News
people
Arts and Entertainment
Chocolat author Joanne Harris has spoken about the financial struggles most authors face
books
Caption competition
Caption competition

Bleacher Report

Daily World Cup Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

A future Palestine state will have no borders and be an enclave within Israel, surrounded on all sides by Israeli-held territory, says Robert Fisk
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: The German people demand an end to the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

The German people demand an end to the fighting
New play by Oscar Wilde's grandson reveals what the Irish wit said at his trials

New play reveals what Oscar Wilde said at trials

For a century, what Wilde actually said at his trials was a mystery. But the recent discovery of shorthand notes changed that. Now his grandson Merlin Holland has turned them into a play
Can scientists save the world's sea life from

Can scientists save our sea life?

By the end of the century, the only living things left in our oceans could be plankton and jellyfish. Alex Renton meets the scientists who are trying to turn the tide
Richard III, Trafalgar Studios, review: Martin Freeman gives highly intelligent performance

Richard III review

Martin Freeman’s psychotic monarch is big on mockery but wanting in malice
Hollywood targets Asian audiences as US films enjoy record-breaking run at Chinese box office

Hollywood targets Asian audiences

The world's second biggest movie market is fast becoming the Hollywood studios' most crucial
Grindr founder Joel Simkhai: 'I've found love on my dating app - and my mum keeps trying to hook me up!'

Grindr founder Joel Simkhai: 'I've found love on my dating app'

Five years on from its launch and Grindr is the world's most popular dating app for gay men. Its founder Joel Simkhai answers his critics, describes his isolation as a child
Autocorrect has its uses but it can go rogue with embarrassing results - so is it time to ditch it?

Is it time to ditch autocorrect?

Matthew J X Malady persuaded friends to message manually instead, but failed to factor in fat fingers and drunk texting
10 best girls' summer dresses

Frock chick: 10 best girls' summer dresses

Get them ready for the holidays with these cool and pretty options 
Westminster’s dark secret: Adultery, homosexuality, sadomasochism and abuse of children were all seemingly lumped together

Westminster’s dark secret

Adultery, homosexuality, sadomasochism and abuse of children were all seemingly lumped together
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: Dulce et decorum est - a life cut short for a poet whose work achieved immortality

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

Dulce et decorum est: a life cut short for a poet whose work achieved immortality
Google tells popular music website to censor album cover art in 'sexually explicit content' ban

Naked censorship?

The strange case of Google, the music website and the nudity take-down requests
Howzat! 8 best cricket bats

Howzat! 8 best cricket bats

As England take on India at Trent Bridge, here is our pick of the high-performing bats to help you up your run-count this summer 
Brazil vs Germany World Cup 2014 comment: David Luiz falls from leader figure to symbol of national humiliation

David Luiz falls from leader figure to symbol of national humiliation

Captain appears to give up as shocking 7-1 World Cup semi-final defeat threatens ramifications in Brazil