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Two Oldham Athletic players that need to shine for Binade against Blackburn Rovers

Laurent Banide could find a pass this season if he can take his team far in the Carabao Cup. But he needs these two Oldham Athletic players to show up to see them past Blackburn Rovers…

Oldham Athletic was keen on beginning the season under new manager Laurent Banide, as the Frenchman looks to take Oldham Athletic to the other end of the table.

Unfortunately for the Latics, they currently find themselves on zero points after two games in League Two. They have played both home and away and have been outplayed on both occasions, suffering from less possession and fewer passes than their opponents.

Banide’s side was dominated by a strong Forest Green. But was also easily bested by a Crewe side who was recently obliterated by Plymouth Argyle. This shows that Oldham is unable to match not only the top teams but the fairly average teams also.

Regardless, Banide’s Latics will go toe to toe against Championship’s Blackburn Rovers. They currently find themselves on zero points after two games. Though they have faced very fierce opponents in Fulham and Charlton.

Should Oldham cause an upset in this game, they would need moments of brilliance from the quality they have, as it appears the reigns of Banide aren’t controlling much thus far.

The Football Manc Cave bring you the two players who can lead Oldham Athletic to victory in this big League Cup tie…

Scott Wilson

Banide has started Wilson upfront in both games of the league so far. It appears that he is in favour with the manager and that the Latics believe he can be their goalscorer. The 26-year-old Englishman Scott Wilson scored 14 and assisted 5 for Macclesfield in the 17/18 National League, and continued with 10 goals and 2 assists for the same side in the 18/19 EFL League Two.

Now in the Oldham Athletic strip, Wilson needs to take his game up a level and live up to the trust placed in him by the manager. A winning goal in a cup game against a tough opponent would kick start his career with Oldham.

Chris Eagles

Another recent acquisition for the side is ex-Man Utd and Burnley man Chris Eagles. The 33-year-old is still kicking it. Against such a tough opponent, Oldham Athletic must utilize the experience and quality they have in Eagles.

He has faced teams of all strength and sizes and will be able to set the bar for his teammates against a team who, on paper, beat them with ease.

If Rochdale start with these two and they’ll easily blow Bolton Wanderers’ youngsters away

Bolton Wanderers could be in for it after drawing Rochdale in the Carabao Cup…

The Wanderers have managed to scrape a team together by promoting youth players to regular first-team football.

Bolton sits in 23rd place after two games in League One, on -11 points. Just below is Bury is on -12, still waiting to kick off their campaign.

The shoehorned together squad of Bolton Wanderers have achieved a draw after a loss in the season so far. Rochdale have a draw and a win and proudly find themselves in 5th position on 4 points.

The two teams will face one another in the Carabao Cup at Spotland Stadium, making it all the more difficult for Bolton. Despite this, Bolton fans have been praised this season for showing immense support to their crumbling football club. Spurring their team on could inspire an upset. However, should Rochdale start either of these, it seems unlikely…

Ian Henderson

The 34-year-old striker bagged his 110th goal in League One after his double against Tranmere Rovers in a 3-2 victory. The quality he brings to the attacking play seems far beyond anything the Bolton Wanderers lineup could deal with.

Henderson has never had quite as much luck in front of goal in the Carabao Cup compared to the leagues. But towards the final stages of his career in a promising Rochdale side, we could see them go full throttle in the competition this year.

Aaron Morley

The 19-year-old midfielder has been entrusted so far this season and managed to bag himself his first goal against Doncaster, which sealed the point for his side. A game against a struggling Bolton in the Carabao Cup would be a perfect opportunity for the youngster to perform under pressure, but also allow him to build on the confidence of his goal.

Should Morley rise to the occasion, Bolton will be punished.

Salford City need these three players to show their quality against Leeds Utd

Salford City could continue to surprise in their tie against Leeds Utd in the Carabao Cup.

Salford City has gone and drew themselves a big game in their first League Cup tie. They will face Leeds Utd at Moor Lane.

The difference in the quality of the two teams is evident. Salford City has just been promoted to EFL League Two, whilst Leeds have just narrowly missed out on promotion to the Premier League.

However, with back to back promotions and an ever-increasing fan base, Salford City have some bite about them. They totally outclassed Stevenage in their first game in the fourth tier, winning 2-0. But then suffered a 2-0 defeat away at Crawley Town.

Salford City has to start showing up to every game. If the best of the team can perform week-in week-out, they can assert their dominance on the league.

Graham Alexander has a lot to deal with against Leeds Utd, a team who will want success in this competition. Eddie Nkeitah is likely to make an appearance. The loanee from Arsenal will be making life even more difficult for the Salford City defence.

Should Salford City be rigid and calm enough to concede less than 2 goals, their quality up front need to pull their weight.

The Football Manc Cave introduces 3 Salford City players who can help cause a ‘cupset’ against Leeds Utd in the Carabao Cup…

Richie Towell

The new signing has been wonderful to watch. Able to score and assist, the midfielder acts as a distributor and a link between players in the forward lines of his team. Whether he worms into the box and pops one himself, score a wonderful free-kick or plays a dangerous ball to the strikers. Towell is always involved in goal-scoring opportunities. He will be pivotal to the quality and supply that Salford City must offer against Leeds.

Adam Rooney

Rooney is Salford’s go-to man for quality and success. He has been Salford’s prolific striker in their recent growth and will continue that this season. Eager to get off the mark this season, there would be no better occasions than at home against a big side two tiers above.

Emmanuel Dieseruvwe

The 24-year-old stands at 6 foot 4 and proved incredibly dangerous after bagging two goals against Stevenage. The striker is beginning to become more and more in favour of him.

With the physical demands of the EFL and Leeds Utd in particular, this striker will be fantastic this season. And may well be the man to carry his team through to the next round of the League Cup.

Whilst Salford are expected to have to defend compact and deep, having the presence of Dieseruvwe upfront to receive and hold the ball will prove pivotal to their counter attacks.

3 more reasons why Salford City fans should be excited about next season

If being promoted wasn’t enough for Salford City fans last season, here are some other exciting factors that this new campaign should bring.

Graham Alexander did a great job in making sure the Ammies were promoted from the National League to League Two at the end of the 2018/19 season, and he’ll be hoping that his team has the same success going forward.

It’s hard to say whether the Class Of 92’s team will cope with the pressure of the promotion and being in a new league. We will all have to see how they perform on the pitch.

Meanwhile, here’s three things Salford fans can look forward to…

Sky Covered Matches

Some people, especially from other clubs, have said that Sky covered matches for Salford City would be a negative thing. It could drive away fans from actually buying tickets and going to games. A lot of other clubs in league two have shown their frustration in Sky giving the Ammies televised games, as they have only just been promoted.

However, the Manchester team should look forward to the coverage that their team are going to get off the back of this. You can see their opening game against Stevenage on Sky Sports on the 3rd of August.

New League & Competitions

Salford’s League campaign will be hard and they should focus on their progress in league two more than anything else. Only this level of football will see the Ammies compete in competitions such as the Carabao Cup. It will be an exciting opportunity for fans and the team. Especially as the Carabao cup saw Salford draw Leeds Utd in the first round which will also more than likely be a televised game.

Highly Anticipated

The team have received a lot of hate from other clubs before and after their promotion, for a whole list of different reasons from their owners, to money to Sky picking them for TV. Some may say it’s jealousy. Some may say they deserve it. It’s football and it causes debates, however, one thing you can’t deny is that most teams in league two have them down as ‘key dates.’ Even Oldham Athletic have the Ammies down as a game to look out for.

Salford City needs to stay focused this year amidst early signs of what’s to come

Recently promoted Salford City will be fighting to go higher than League Two next season. 

The Class Of 92’s team managed to get to the play off’s last season and move from the National League to League 2. They’ll have a tough 18/19 season playing a new set of teams and going into a level of football that will have them in the spotlight, on TV and playing in competitions that the club has never been in before. 

Manager Graham Alexander will have to put his priorities right with the team. He’s managed teams in higher leagues than the National League before, so he’s got experience and hopefully, he will do well inspiring the club but what should they focus on? 

Focus on the League

This season will see Salford compete in the Carabao cup and the EFL Trophy which will be exciting for the team, staff and fans. However, the team found their spark last year and got promoted off their style of play, goals and hard work.

The team should give the competition’s their best efforts, definitely, I just think they should put all their efforts into the league, try and remain in the division and then maybe the next season give the cup games more attention. 

Television & Fans Of Other Teams

If you look at all the posts on social media that Sky and Salford have been posting about cup ties, fixtures and news ahead of this new season. Tonnes of fans have jumped on the fact that Salford has already been picked to go on TV. Their first game of the season against Stevenage has been picked, and now their cup tie with Leeds is expected to be an interest of Sky TV.

The first thing I think Salford need to do is not let the pressure of televised games get to them, and the second thing is to ignore the hate and abuse from other teams. A lot of fans are saying that because of the money and ex-Manchester United players behind the team, that’s the reason Sky are “favouriting” them over other teams.

It may be true but the players don’t deserve the abuse. Adam Rooney even picked up on this in an interview and basically said that “anyone who doesn’t support Man United doesn’t like Salford because of their owners” he also went on to add, “we’ve had tonnes of abuse off people this year but if people want you to fail, all you can do is succeed and move on and hopefully rub it in their face.”

‘I’ll take Rochdale in first round good away day’ Bolton Wanderers fans looking forward to ‘easy win’

The Carabao Cup was drawn from a Morrisons store last night… we don’t know why either but Bolton will face Rochdale away. 

Bolton Wanderers are another North West team to suffer problems off the pitch recently. However, there are so many rumours flying around about the team’s possible takeover that fans should be optimistic that things are looking up.

Although a new owner will not be able to immediately sort out the team’s squad, the fact they were relegated last season, other debts and issues, at least it’s something positive for the time being.

Even though the league will be a priority, how have fans taken to their draw with Rochdale in the cup?

Oldham Athletic fans react to the Carabao Cup ‘We might as well have fun on our journey to the National League, lighten up’

The Carabao Cup Round One draw has been released, and here is was Twitter has to say about it.

Oldham Atheltic has drawn Blackburn Rovers away in the first round of the Carabao Cup, taking place on August 12th 2019.

It seems as though Oldham fans aren’t filled with confidence about the draw, whilst Blackburn Rovers fans seem complacent by presuming the tie will be easy for them.

There seems to be a big difference in the confidence of the fans.

If Banide’s Latics can pull off a fantastic performance against Championship side Blackburn Rovers it could signify a new era Oldham Athletic, and if they lose the tie, it seems as though nobody would be shocked.

Bury more concerned about off the pitch matters than the Carabao Cup draw ‘I take it if we have enough players they will be driving themselves to Sheffield! No coach firm is going to give us credit are they!’

The Carabao Cup was drawn last night and fans of all clubs are giving opinions today but Bury have other concerns. 

With the ongoing off-pitch drama for Bury, as expected, their fans don’t seem massively bothered about the Cup draw. They are more bothered about the club getting back on top of their financial troubles, sorting their squad and getting a new manager.

For fans who are optimistic that their club can get back on top, Bury will face Sheffield United away on the 12th of August.

Here’s some fan reactions;

‘Yesss gonna smash the whites former Prem team… buzzin!!’ Some Rochdale fans are confident of a win over Bolton Wanderers in the Carabao Cup

Fans voice their opinions on Twitter after the Carabao Cup fixture release that sees Rochdale face Bolton Wanderers at home.

Bolton fans are very confident that their team can beat Rochdale in the first round of the Carabao cup. Which is unsurprising as the teams have met on three occasions prior in the Carabao cup (or equivalent) with the Wanderers emerging victorious on each occasion.

However, some Bolton fans fear they won’t even have 11 men to put out on the pitch amid their financial woes.

Not many Rochdale fans have been vocal about their stance on the draw, suggesting a lack of confidence in the side. However, one particular Rochdale fan is all for the challenge.

Both Rochdale and Bolton will face each other in League One next season after Bolton’s recent relegation from the Championship.

This local derby is sure to be fuelled by passion and aggression in what should be an interesting tie between the Greater Manchester sides on August 12th 2019, taking place at Rochdale’s ground Spotland Stadium.

‘The closest Leeds Utd are getting to Man Utd this season’ Big Carabao cup draw for Salford City as Twitter reacts

Salford City vs Leeds – you couldn’t write it, could you?

I wonder which Carabao Cup first round matches will be on Sky…I wouldn’t even hazard a guess.

I’m sure there’ll be plenty of banter in the build-up between ‘The Class of 92’ and Leeds fans. It’s good revenue for The Ammies, Leeds will bring 10,000 and half of United’s season ticket holders will turn up too. A quick upgrade of the ground may be needed.

Anyway, lets look at how Twitter reacted to the tie being drawn, 1-0 Gary Neville…

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