WITH the postponement of Oldham’s trip to Stevenage due to international call-ups, Latics currently have eight games scheduled before the January transfer window swings open, when manager Dino Maamria has made it clear he is going to bolster his squad.

But working with what he’s got, can the Latics boss steer his side clear of the wrong end of League Two before the new year?

November 23 - Newport County (A)

A tough away trip to play-off hopefuls Newport County appears less daunting than a few weeks ago given the Welsh side’s recent league form. Two defeats in their last two games against Salford City and Colchester will leave Oldham hopeful they can upset the odds and hopefully come away with the three points.

November 30 - FA Cup 2nd Round - Salford City or Burton Albion (H)

A narrow 2-1 victory over Gateshead set Oldham up for what will likely be a tricky second round tie, regardless of the outcome of Salford and Burton’s replay. A disappointing Leasing.com Trophy campaign means this is Latics’ only cup commitment. It remains to be seen whether Maamria will rest key squad players in the esteemed tournament, given climbing the League Two table is his top priority.

December 7 - Leyton Orient (H)

It’s all change at Orient at the time of writing after sacking Carl Fletcher after just 29 days in charge. How they will look come the meeting at Boundary Park remains to be seen. But as things stand, Orient’s leaky defence, among the worst in the league, could give Oldham a big opportunity to come away with the three points. Provided Latics capitalise on the porous Orient backline, a win could boost team spirit heading into busy Christmas period.

December 14 – Swindon Town (A)

A daunting trip to promotion hopefuls and current league leaders Swindon Town could be opportunity for the Latics to make a statement to the rest of the league. Swindon have so far failed to make County Ground a fortress this season, dropping 11 of a possible 27 points they could’ve taken at home. The Latics however, haven’t been potent away from home, taking a mere six points from eight away games this campaign.

December 21 - Crawley Town (H)

Much like Leyton Orient, Oldham will be looking to exploit a leaky defence when Crawley Town visit. The Red Devils are currently sitting above the battle at the bottom largely thanks to a potent attack. If the Latics can lock up their defence, they could send Crawley home empty handed.

December 26 – Morecambe (A)

An important trip to second from bottom Morecambe will be one that Maamria is targeting. With the departure of long-term manager Jim Bentley, Oldham will be hoping the transition from Bentley to the newly appointed Derek Adams has been less than smooth by the time this trip to the seaside comes around. A game that could see Latics open up some breathing space at the bottom.

December 29 – Salford City (H)

Football League newcomers Salford City will be the final side to visit Boundary Park in 2019. Looking to continue their quick ascent through the pyramid, the Ammies will be a tough final opponent of the year. The Latics will be looking to go into 2020 on a high and a big victory against Salford would be just the tonic.

January 1 – Scunthorpe United (H)

A crucial match-up against Scunthorpe, who currently sit just two points ahead of Latics, could set the tone for the second half of the season. A win could put Oldham in a position primed for survival, whereas a loss, depending on how the next few weeks pan out, could leave a daunting task ahead in 2020.