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MATCH PREVIEW

PUBLISHED
12:00 17th February 2017

PREVIEW: Middlesbrough v Oxford United

  • U's look to stretch FA Cup run 
  • No new injury worries
  • Over 3,300 tickets sold to Yellow Army
  • FREE £10 bet - no deposit required
Oxford United head for Middlesbrough on Saturday looking for a place in the Emirates FA Cup quarter-finals for just the second time. Here we have a full guide to the game.

TEAM NEWS

United have no new injury worries following their home game against Southend United on Tuesday night, although they will have to do without the services of goalkeeper Jack Stevens, who is cup tied following his involvement in the competition while on loan to Oxford City earlier in the season. Youth team keeper Manny Agboola is likely to be on the bench.

West Ham loanee Toni Martinez will he hoping for a start, having scored United's third goal in their 3-0 win over Newcastle United in the fourth round, while fellow striker Kane Hemmings will also want to be involved; Hemmings scored United's opener against Newcastle and has scored in every round so far this campaign. Left-back Joe Skarz has recovered from the illness that kept him out of the squad for Southend and is available.

Head Coach Michael Appleton told Yellow Player HD 

“We know that if we don’t give them the respect that they deserve we will get a right hiding on the day but I don’t think Aitor Karanka and the Middlesbrough lads will underestimate us at all.  I think the fact that we went up against Rotherham and Newcastle in the previous rounds and did ever so well in the FA Cup last year means they’ve done their homework and will be ready for us.”

See Ryan Ledson and Michael Appleton talking about the game in Yellow Player HD, where we will also have the whole game LIVE.


TICKETS

United have sold over 3,300 tickets for the game, and the ticket office remains open to personal callers until 3pm. Supporters wishing to buy tickets on the day are advised to get to the away ticket office early: it opens at 1pm.

Prices
Adults             £15
Over 65          £10
Under 18         £5

Season ticket holders (only available until 3pm on Friday 17th February)
Adults         £10
Over 65         £5
Under 18         £2

Season ticket holders are entitled to one discounted ticker per season ticket and can also purchase as many non-discounted tickets as they want.

Ambulant disabled and wheelchair users pay the relevant age category with a free carer.

PLEASE NOTE: We have a small number of seats that are directly in front of the wheelchair deck. These will be described online as a ‘No Standing Area’ and would suit families and those who wish to remain seated throughout the game.

United fans need to enter via turnstiles 53-57 and 62-66 which will be open at 1:00pm so that early arrivals can enter the stadium.  Other supporters arriving closer to kick-off are strongly advised to be at the stadium by 2:30pm to allow for pre entry searches.  Middlesbrough have advised that the procedure will not be relaxed even if large numbers of supporters arrive close to kick-off.

All supporters will be subject to the following checks on arrival:
• Ticket check to ensure that the correct ticket has been bought.  Adults attempting to enter with concessionary priced tickets will be required to purchase a new full priced ticket, there will be no upgrades.
• All supporters will be required to pass via a canine search team.  The search dogs detect both controlled drugs and pyrotechnics.  Any supporters found to be in possession of either type of item at the search point will be subject to arrest by Cleveland Police.
• Pat-down and bag searches will operate on a targeted basis.

Coach travel
Coaches and minibuses will be able to park at the stadium, subject to available space.  There are spaces for 25 coaches and 10 self-drive minibuses.  The parking fee is £20 per coach, £10 per minibus.  Organisers should notify Cleveland Police of their intention to travel to the match.  This may be done by email to Timothy.Swales@cleveland.pnn.police.uk or by telephone on 01642 303132.

Coaches and minibuses are likely to be required to report to a rendezvous point at Exelby Services on the A19 from where road traffic police will assist in their safe onward journey to the stadium.

Car parking
There are no official car parking spaces available to purchase on the day at the stadium.  Some local businesses do operate unofficial parks which do fill quickly so supporters may wish to use town centre parking.  The website below has a dedicated town centre parking section that supporters may find beneficial:


LONDON ROAD TRAVEL

London Road Coachesm (limited availability)

Depart:
Stadium: 8am prompt
Kidlington Sainsbury’s: 8.15am prompt

Adult members: £30
Adult non-members: £32
Under-18 members: £28
Under-18 non-members: £30

Under-14s must be accompanied by an adult

Call 01865 337533 to book

BETTING
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COVERAGE
  • Hear the whole game live in Yellow Player HD where we will also have reaction from all the key men
  • Follow the game on twitter @OUFCOfficial                     
  • See a report and gallery right here on the final whistle

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