By William Wells
League One strugglers Oldham travel to mid-table side Port Vale with the Latics’ last win in the league over a month ago against Scunthorpe.
On-loan striker Alex Jones, 22, is in fine form and has nine goals this season for Vale, and the Valiants have declared their interest in securing him on a permanent deal when his loan runs out in January, according to BBC Radio Stoke.
Oldham have struggled this season and are one of the favourites to go down to League Two, as the Greater Manchester-based side started the campaign with only seven contracted players.
Oldham’s luck has gone from bad to worse as it was recently confirmed the club are under a transfer embargo and although no details have been given, the club hope to have the ban lifted by the January transfer window.
Influential midfielder Paul Green is out of the match against Vale due to a sending off 65 minutes in against Scunthorpe in a 1-0 loss.
Oldham are trying to improve their poor home performances by selling the charging the cheapest admission fees in League One.
BREAKING NEWS: Oldham Athletic are to offer the lowest admission prices in @SkyBetLeagueOne!
— Oldham Athletic (@OfficialOAFC) November 1, 2016
Port Vale’s defensive capabilities at home have been nervy at best and have kept just one clean sheet in their last five games at Vale Park.
Oldham’s on-loan front men Billy Mckay and Freddie Ladapo will look to capitalise on a week defensive Vale record and provoke an upset this Tuesday.
Vale manager Bruno Ribiero said that he was disappointed with the conversion rate of his attackers during their 2-0 loss away at Charlton Athletic:
The Valiants fired more shots on target than Charlton yet came away from the Valley with nothing to show for their efforts against a managerless Charlton side.
Vale fans will be looking towards attackers other than Alex Jones to chip in with goals if they are to make the play-offs this season.