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  • 27 January 2013
  • • 16:00
  • • Boundary Park, Oldham, Greater Manchester
  • Referee: L. Probert
  • • Attendance: 10295
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Oldham - Liverpool Preview: Hosts target first FA Cup win over Reds at fifth attempt

Oldham - Liverpool Preview: Hosts target first FA Cup win over Reds at fifth attempt

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These two sides met in the third round last year, with the Merseyside outfit winning 5-1, but the Latics will be keen to provide some relief from their poor league form

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

OLDHAM

Bouzanis
Wabara, Mvoto, Byrne, Grounds
M'changama, Furman, Smith, Croft
Baxter, Simpson
LIVERPOOL

Jones
Wisdom, Skrtel, Carragher, Robinson
Suso, Allen, Shelvey, Sterling
Sturridge, Borini

Cristian Montano (thigh) was recently ruled out for two months for the hosts, but former Everton youngster and star striker Jose Baxter is likely to start fresh from signing a new deal.

Under-fire Latics manager Paul Dickov can boast a near-fully fit squad after James Wesolowski returned to last week from serving a three-match ban.

Brendan Rodgers is expected to make a number of changes with a trip to Arsenal awaiting three days later, with the likes of Jonjo Shelvey, Jack Robinson and Suso likely to return to the starting line-up.

Jose Enrique (hamstring) is expected to be out for a further three weeks, while goalkeeper Pepe Reina (broken nose) has recently undergone surgery with a return date unspecified.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Oldham have picked up just one point from their previous eight League One games, losing seven, and find themselves in 19th place in the table.
  • But the Latics beat Championship side Nottingham Forest 3-2 away from home in the third round of the FA Cup.
  • Oldham have not advanced further in the FA Cup than the fourth round in 19 years - when they lost to Manchester United in the semi-final after a replay.
  • These two teams faced each other in last year's third round, with Liverpool triumphing 5-1 at Anfield.
  • The Reds have won the FA Cup seven times, with their last triumph coming in 2006.
  • Liverpool have faced Oldham four times in the FA Cup and have won each time.

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Last Five Matches
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Available Squads
43Dean BouzanisGoalkeeper
26Cliff ByrneDefender
40Jonathan GroundsDefender
25Jean-Yves M'votoDefender
57Reece WabaraDefender
7James WesolowskiMidfielder
-Youssouf M'ChangamaMidfielder
37Jose BaxterStriker
-Lee CroftStriker
14Matt SmithStriker
-Robbie SimpsonStriker
21Alex CisakGoalkeeper
-Connor BrownDefender
16James TarkowskiDefender
-Chris SutherlandMidfielder
37Carl WinchesterMidfielder
29David MellorMidfielder
-Daniel TaylorStriker
1Bradley JonesGoalkeeper
47Andre Wisdom Defender
49Jack RobinsonDefender
37Martin SkrtelDefender
19Sebastián CoatesDefender
24Joe AllenMidfielder
14Jordan HendersonMidfielder
31Raheem SterlingMidfielder
15Daniel SturridgeStriker
31Fabio BoriniStriker
7Luis SuárezStriker
42Peter GulacsiGoalkeeper
23Jamie CarragherDefender
8Jonjo ShelveyMidfielder
21Lucas LeivaMidfielder
19Stewart DowningMidfielder
8Steven GerrardMidfielder
30SusoMidfielder
Players to Watch
Jose Baxter
Jose Baxter
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 37
Games Goals YC RC
8 2 1 0
The former Everton youngster, who was tipped as 'the next Wayne Rooney' during his early days at Goodison Park, has found a new lease of life at the League One club. He has notched 10 goals in 26 outings so far this season and will, naturally, be keen to punish a weakened Liverpool team on Sunday.
Suso
Suso
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 30
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The young Spaniard has fallen out of favour somewhat after being used regularly in the Premier League earlier in the season. He will surely be keen to make a case for further inclusion with a good performance at Boundary Park.
Prediction
Even considering the daunting trip to face Arsenal which comes just three days after this fixture and the changes Brendan Rodgers is expected to make, everything points towards a Liverpool win.

Oldham are on a torrid run, having lost seven of their past eight league games, and even a morale-boosting victory over Nottingham Forest in the previous round did not manage to stop the rot.

Liverpool recorded their biggest win of the season last time out against Norwich City, and a similar scoreline would not raise any eyebrows.
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