Oldham Athletic vs Liverpool Under-21 Match Info
Date: Wednesday August 7 2019
Kick-off time: 7.00pm BST
Venue: Boundary Park
Referee: Paul Marsden
Oldham Athletic vs Liverpool Under-21 Head-To-Head Record
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Oldham Athletic vs Liverpool Under-21 Stats
- Oldham have never reached the final of this competition in its 35-year history
- The Latics are unbeaten in their four previous matches against academy teams in the EFL Trophy (three wins, one draw)
- Both teams scored, with over 3.5 goals in the match, in all four of those games
Oldham Athletic vs Liverpool Under-21 Match Preview
Ovie Ejaria, who has made eight appearances for the Liverpool senior side, is among the players set to represent the Reds in their first ever taste of EFL Trophy action.
Premier League academy teams have been allowed to compete in this competition since 2016-17 but Liverpool are late to the party, only now giving their youngsters the opportunity to test themselves in “men’s football” against sides from the Championship downwards.
Liverpool have blooded a whole host of kids in pre-season and the likes of Rhian Brewster, Ki-Jana Hoever and Yasser Larouci have particularly impressed, but for this game academy boss Neil Critchley may select from the Under-23 group he has had which recently drew 3-3 away to an Anderlecht youth team managed by Craig Bellamy.
That has included midfielder Ejaria, 21, who broke into the first team in 2016-17 and has subsequently had loan spells with Sunderland, Rangers and Reading. This is a big season for the London-born player in terms of where his career is heading and the match at Boundary Park is expected to present him with a chance to impress.
Oldham, meanwhile, lost their first match under new French manager Laurent Banide at the weekend, 1-0 away to Forest Green in League Two. But as the stats above outline, they have a strong record against academy teams in this competition over the three previous seasons.
Banide will probably make plenty of changes for this opening Northern Section Group B match – Accrington and Fleetwood are the other teams in the pool – and we are backing the visiting youngsters to hold their own against their more senior counterparts.
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Oldham Athletic vs Liverpool Under-21 Betting Tips
Draw @ 9/4 with Unibet
Over 2.5 goals @ 8/11 with Unibet