Even though two divisions separate these two sides in the footballing pyramid, this is actually the third time in as many seasons they have faced each other. Incredibly, the FA Cup has pitted together both of these outfits in each of the last three campaigns and with Oldham recording an unlikely victory this time last year, their opponents will be all out for revenge.
In previous years, it could be said that the FA Cup is a competition which Liverpool have placed a lot of emphasis on as they are usually out of the title reckoning by this stage of the season. However, with six points currently separating Brendan Rodgers’ side from the leaders Arsenal, they are most certainly in with a shout of the championship. It’s been a much improved campaign for the Anfield outfit although Rodgers will know the importance of resurrecting the club’s form, with two defeats over their last three games hindering their title push considerably. Admittedly, they dispatched of Hull in comfortable 2-0 fashion on New Year’s Day, but their fans will simply be hoping that the damage hasn’t been done already.
Oldham on the other hand are experiencing a difficult campaign in League One, with the Latics all the way down in 19th place. Only goal difference keeps them out of the bottom three and considering their lack of financial clout, manager Lee Johnson will be hoping for another FA Cup scalp which could potentially earn them several hundred thousand pounds. Whether or not they will be able to achieve a positive result remains to be seen though, with recent form hardly being promising. The Boundary Park team have won just one game in their last nine attempts and coincidently, that occurred in the FA Cup second round where they beat Mansfield.
Even though Brendan Rodgers was probably contemplating changes for this match, his hand may have been forced in a lot of areas with the likes of Joe Allen, Mamadou Sakho and Daniel Sturridge all set to miss out through various injury issues. This could mean that Rodgers turns to some of the club’s younger players, which is a policy he has adopted throughout the campaign. There’s little to report for the visitors on the other hand, although Lee Johnson could turn to David Worrall and Simon Harkins who have recently joined the club this month.
They say lightning doesn’t strike twice and we don’t foresee an exception in this fixture. Liverpool may have been stung by their opponents last year but with the Reds holding the home advantage and having a decent campaign under their belt, our tip is going to be a 3-0 win for Brendan Rodgers’ side this time around.