Paul Dickov wants history to repeat itself as Oldham Athletic aim to blunt the Blades at Bramall Lane

By Matthew Lees

Oldham Athletic manager Paul Dickov is hoping history can repeat itself as his side look to consign Sheffield United to their first defeat of the season.

In an astonishing game last season, the Latics came from two goals down against the Yorkshire side to win 3-2 with a last-minute penalty.

Even though Dickov believes the trip to Bramall Lane is a challenge, he is confident his side can bring three points back across the Pennines.

“It is going to be hard and a really tough test for us as they are unbeaten and Danny Wilson has yet again put together a team which is capable of winning promotion,” Dickov told the club’s website.

“Sheffield United will be a difficult game because they are favourites to go up.

“We went there last season with what I believe was a lesser team and won the game.

“With the players we have, and the way we are playing at the moment, I want to try and win the game.”

Oldham defenders James Tarkowski and Jean Yves M’voto are back in training after injury and will face late fitness tests.

Captain Dean Furman will be missing as he is on international duty for South Africa, with Youssouf M’Changama the most likely replacement.

Despite remaining unbeaten so far this season, United have failed to win in their last three home matches against Bury, Notts County and Doncaster.

The Blades are without goalkeeper Mark Howard through a thigh injury, while defender Neil Collins remains a doubt with a foot problem.

Three ex-Latics players could line-up against their former employees with strikers Chris Porter, Nick Blackman and Danny Philliskirk – who began his career at Oldham – likely to be in Sheffield United’s squad.

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