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Match Preview: U's vs Oxford

30 August 2021

Mark Bonner’s men kick-off this season’s Papa John’s Trophy campaign with a repeat of the opening day of the League One season…

Karl Robinson’s men are welcomed back to the Abbey having enjoyed a largely successful start to the new season, with Oxford currently sitting just outside the automatic promotion spots on goal difference.

  • Form

United host Oxford looking to continue their impressive form, in which the U’s have tasted victory in their last two league outings - without conceding a goal. Most recently, Shilow Tracey’s first half strike was enough to end Bolton’s unbeaten start to the season; in the process lifting Mark Bonner's men up to tenth in the table.

Despite dropping points on the opening day at the Abbey, Karl Robinson’s men sit third in League One thanks to victories over Charlton, Crewe and most recently, last season’s play-off finalists Lincoln City at the Kassam Stadium on Saturday, with Oxford’s only taste of defeat this season in the league coming against Bolton Wanderers.

  • Memory Lane

Oxford are welcomed to the Abbey in what will be the 27th competitive fixture between the two clubs. Predominantly, most fixtures between both sides have come in the fourth tier, however, only in January of this year did the two clubs meet in this competition. Rob Hall’s stunning free kick was enough on the night to see the Oxford through to the semi-finals; knocking a much changed U’s side out of the competition in the process.

Oxford have the edge over the U’s when it comes to head-to-head fixtures, winning 10 of 26 fixtures between both sides – with United coming out on top on seven occasions.

  • The Officials

Sam Allison has been appointed as referee this Tuesday, with Geoffrey Russel and Leigh Crowhurst as his assistants. Lisa Benn will be the fourth official. Allison was much involved in his last outing, seeing three players sent off as Shrewsbury picked up their first win of the season against Gillingham on Saturday.

  • How to Watch

The clash kicks off at 7pm, with tickets available online, over the phone by calling 01223 566500 (option 1) or by visiting the Abbey Stadium Ticket Office on Matchday.

Only the Main Stand will be open for this fixture, with tickets priced at £12 for Adults, £10 for Concessions and £1 for U18s.

If you can't make it to the game, stream the clash live on iFollow. Match Passes cost just £10 and are available to buy now. The simplest way to do so is by clicking here and selecting the Oxford fixture.

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