Situated in the foothills of the Pennines, Oldham Athletic’s Boundary Park has earned for itself a reputation as one of the coldest Football League grounds in the country and having been there on numerous occasions I can personally vouch for this.
The weather doesn’t look particularly inviting on Saturday afternoon either with snow and frost forecast across much of Lancashire although that will hardly deter thousands of Blades fans from making the journey north to to Oldham as their side looks to increase their lead at the top of the League One table.
Chris Wilder’s men enjoy a six-point cushion at the top of the table as things stand thanks to what has been an excellent season. They head into this weekend clash with Oldham on the back of a nine-game unbeaten run in which they have won six and drawn three. Indeed with just eight games left to play and ten points separating them from third-placed Fleetwood Town, they are in no real danger of dropping out of the automatic promotion places and it is surely only a matter of time before they find themselves promoted to the Championship.
Can Oldham Athletic stop them in their tracks? Unlikely given that they have been struggling in the bottom half of the table for much of the season. The Latics remain dangerously close to the relegation zone with just three points separating them from the bottom three and anything but a win on Saturday will be seen as a failure. Nevertheless John Sheridan’s side have managed just two wins in their last seven League One outings and we don’t anticipate them making it three out of eight on Saturday afternoon. A consolation goal may well give the home fans something to cheer but it will be purely a consolation effort as the Blades move ever closer to the League One title.