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MATCH PREVIEW

PUBLISHED
09:06 24th September 2016

PREVIEW Oxford United v Charlton Athletic

Oxford United look to build on an encouraging three game unbeaten run as they welcome Charlton Athletic to Grenoble Road on Saturday. Here we have a full guide to the match.

TEAM NEWS
The U's should welcome striker Kane Hemmings back into the squad after a tight calf ruled him out of the game at MK Dons last weekend, and with Wes Thomas hoping to be available there is plenty of competition for places up front. Thomas also felt his calf tighten in last Saturday's game- it was a separate incident to the collision with the keeper a minute before- but Thomas was due to train today and should be in contention.

Defender Curtis Nelson is due to start full training in the next ten days or so while Christian Ribeiro and Rob Hall are the only long term injury absentees.

See Derek Fazackerley talking about the game and Marvin Johnson and Charlie Raglan's thoughts in a full Preview Show in Yellow Player HD right now.

THE VISITORS

Charlton Boss Russell Slade is a very experienced manager and knows it will be another tight game tomorrow:

“Oxford are a good side. They are developing all the time and they had a great season last year to win promotion to League One" he said. 

“They’ve lost their striker (Kemar Roofe) but have managed to bring in Johnson from Motherwell, so they have invested there. It looks like they have got a nice, balanced group and, so far, their games have been relatively tight. 

“That’s certainly the case in their last four where they have scored four and had two against, so I’d expect Saturday to be no different to many other League One games – very tight and competitive.” 

Slade hopes to have Lee Novak and Ricky Holmes available afer illness and injury

“They’re not definitely available" Slade said "but we are hopeful."

TICKETS
Another big crowd is expected and our visitors have already sold out of their full allocation of tickets for the away area in the North Stand.

This has led to a slight change in the way that tickets will be sold in the build up to this game. All fans buying a ticket, either in advance or on the day, will need to be on the existing Oxford United database. If you have bought tickets for a United game in recent years then the chances are that you will be on the database.

With the ticket office needing to check names against the database on Saturday please allow extra time if you intend to buy on the day. The simplest solution is to purchase in advance if possible from www.oufctickets.co.uk or by calling 01865 337533

GUESTS OF HONOUR
Roy Burton is our Guest of Honour. Roy is one of the greatest keepers the club has ever had, making 449 appearances between 1971 and 1982 and becoming one of the most popular players in our history.

Roy will be chatting to fans in the lounges and introduced to the crowd at half time- we know you will make him feel at home again.

We are also pleased to have Steve Dyer and his wife with us on Saturday. Steve, you may remember, is seriously ill with cancer but wanted to make sure that his son was able to see the U’s at Wembley in the JPT final, bringing him over from the States especially for the game against Barnsley. We are pleased to say that Steve remains well and is bringing his wife across from America for Saturday’s game where he will be Chairman Darryl Eales’ guest in the Boardroom.

FUTURE FANS
There is a new ‘Skill Zone’ located close to the revolving doors entrance to the South Stand this Saturday, where those aged 14-19 can practice their football skills through the cones that are laid out in the Future Football area before the match. 

Participants will also be able to talk to members of the community team about what it’s like to work for a football club. This is a new programme that will evolve over time. Meanwhile please feel free to approach members of the team for a chat about any aspect of football.

MINUTE'S APPLAUSE
Everyone at the club was deeply saddened to hear of the death of former Stadium Manager Tony Ashley, a great servant to the club and a familiar face to all fans at the Manor and in the early years at our new ground. Please join us in a minute's applause for Tony before kick off.

CLUB SHOP
The Oxford United Club Shop has everything you need to show your colours.  There is  a brand new Olly the Ox cuddly toy plus brand new '6 in a row' t-shirts. Visit www.oufcshop.co.uk to take a look.

TRANSPORT
There are 2,000 free car parking spaces at the ground but fans are advised to arrive early and also to be aware that the usual parking restrictions are in place on the approaches to the ground. Please park legally to avoid a parking ticket.  

The OX3 and OX7 Football Special buses will be running as usual.. There is also a frequent bus service from the city centre to the local area and a new service 3A has been introduced jointly by Oxford Bus Company and Stagecoach. Two buses per hour will operate from Oxford City Centre to Oxford Science Park and the Kassam Stadium, via Littlemore, Sandford and Iffley Road on Mondays to Saturdays.

OX4Life and Family Room

Youngsters in the North Stand- come and join us in the new Olly's Den Family Room where we will have activities, games, player visits and much more. Have a go at the football skill tests in Olly's Den then take a look inside the new Family Room.

BETTING
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COVERAGE
  • Hear the whole game live in Yellow Player where we will also have reaction from all the key men
  • Read Derek Fazackerley's thoughts HERE
  • Follow the game on twitter @OUFCOfficial     
  • See a report and Gallery right here on the final whistle

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