Salford City will be up against neighbours Oldham Athletic as the two Greater Manchester teams battle it out in the EFL League Two.
Salford City clinched promotion through the playoffs at the dramatic ending of the 18/19 National League season. Whilst Oldham was bitterly disappointed throughout their EFL League Two campaign, finishing 14th, after capably remaining in League One for many years.
With Salford City’s large fan base, loyal support, high-profile owners such as the Neville brothers and Ryan Giggs, as well their incredible run in form – back-to-back promotions. They have high hopes of making a mark on their new league.
Oldham Athletic are under new management, Laurent Banide, an experienced manager worldwide but none at all in English football. Therefore, it is difficult to project where Oldham will end up this season, as Banide could either end up the hero or join a long list of Latic villains.
Writers at The Football Manc Cave gave predictions on where several clubs will finish at the end of the 19/20 season, and here are the results concerning Salford City and Oldham Atheltic…
Oldham Athletic averaged a 9th place finish according to our writers, indicating that there are signs of improvement in the club, and that Banide can push them further up the table. However, if you are expecting the Frenchman to perform miracles at Boundary Park and win Oldham the league, you may be kidding yourselves. With any luck, Banide can prove us wrong and take Oldham back to League One where they belong.
Salford City averaged an 11th place finish. In comparison to Oldham, this would be a fantastic achievement to a newly promoted club, who have never seen the EFL League Two in their entire history.
According to our writers, Oldham will slightly improve after employing Laurent Banide, and newcomers Salford City will give the EFL clubs a run for their money and finish mid-table alongside their neighbours in Boundary Park.