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PREVIEW Oxford United v Manchester City

A full guide to tonight's big game

25 September 2018

Oxford United welcome Manchester City to Grenoble Road tonight in the Carabao Cup. It's a sell out and should be a fantastic night of football. Here's all you need to know about the game

Team News

The U's welcome back Cameron Brannagan after he was rested for the game against Walsall on Saturday following a clash of heads at Wycombe in the previous game. The former Liverpool youngster challenges Jamie Hanson, Josh Ruffels and Shandon Baptiste for a place in midfield but Manager Karl Robinson has hinted that there could be a few changes to the side as he looks to give players the experience of playing against the Champions in front of a full house.

Jamie Mackie (hip) Marcus Browne (knee), Rob Hall (knee) and Samie Carruthers are again missing although Carruthers is making good progress and should be back in a couple of weeks. Keeper Simon Eastwood is also on track for a return around that time after a finger injury.

See Karl Robinson and Cameron Brannagan previewing the game in iFollow ahead of the match.

The Opposition

Champions City are in ominous form with eight goals for and none against in their last two games and Manager Pep Guardiola is expected to recall defender VIncent Kompany as well as teenage midfielder Phil Foden. Brahim Diaz and Oleks Zinchenko will also be hoping to feature.

Tickets

The game SOLD OUT weeks ago and no tickets are available on the day of the match. With a capacity crowd there are a number of ways you can help make the most of your evening; click on the GETTING HERE icon below for full traffic, parking and transport information

Away Fans

If you are a City fan travelling to the game then a full Supporters Guide is available here: OUFCAwayDayInfo.pdf Don't forget that there is a special away version of the matchday programme tonight with additional information for visiting supporters.

Club Shop

The Club Shop has taken stock of all sizes of the brilliant new home shirt and we want a  'Sea of Yellow'  to welcome the teams. Why not call in before the game to grab a yellow shirt.

Guest of Honour

We are delighted to welcome back David Oldfield as our Guest of Honour tonight. David played up front and in midfield for both the U's and City and will be meeting guests behind the scenes as well as being introduced to the crowd at half time.

Polythene UK 50/Fifty Draw

There should be a huge prize in tonight's half time draw where half the money raised goes to one lucky winner. Tickets cost just £1 and our sellers are all around the ground.

Family

Oxford United pride ourselves on providing a great atmosphere for families to enjoy. We have a full Family Guide to games available HERE: OUFC Family Guide

Family Room

Join us in the Family Room - open to all junior supporters from 6.30 onwards and hosting a whole range of activities as well as visits from Olly the Ox and the players. It's free to all junior fans and located in the east corner of the North Stand

Coverage

iFollow is back with full commentary on the game, thanks to our friends at BBC Oxford, but please note that due to the broadcast rights it is NOT showing the game on video for overseas fans. There is a TV crew broadcasting internationally, but not in the UK - see your local TV guide to check if the game is live where you live.

There will also be reaction from the key men after the game, and you can follow all the action on Twitter at @OUFCOfficial.

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REPORT Oxford United 0 Manchester City 3

U's beaten by the Champions. Full-time report

25 September 2018

Oxford United were beaten but should be very proud of their efforts after they pushed one of the best sides in the world all the way this evening. Goals from Gabriel Jesus and late efforts from Riyad Mahrez and Phil Foden divided the teams in front of a full house on a memorable night at Grenoble Road but the U's showed admirable team spirit and were given an ovation by their fans at the end.

After a tremendous welcome that turned the stadium into a Sea of Yellow, and with a capacity crowd generating a terrific atmosphere, United, as you might expect, had to concede ground to the Champions and Carabao Cup holders who named probably the strongest visiting eleven ever seen in Oxford.

The U’s were far from overawed though, with Shandon Baptiste wearing the captain’s armband with pride and Sam Long and Rob Dickie extremely solid on their returns to the starting line up. City, in a purple and orange kit, did get the ball beyond Jonathan Mitchell with an offside effort after 18 minutes but it was United getting the cheers for a prolonged period of possession when they (temporarily at least) outpassed City.

The visitors began to make ominous noises though. Mitchell made a good save from Oleksandr Zinchenko. David Silva swivelled and fired wide moments later. A VIncent Kompany header was cleared by Curtis Nelson after half an hour and  Mahrez curled an effort over on 34 minutes; just looking at those names gives you an idea of the task that United faced. United had done well but on 36 minutes the resistance was broken. Brahim Diaz got in behind the defence, had his shot blocked and Jesus nodded home at the back post to make it 1-0.

Mahrez curled another effort just wide before half time but United had restricted their visitors to half chances rather than being ripped apart and will have been relatively pleased with their first-half performance: losing but far from overrun.

Unusually, United now had a dilemma. Losing at home but knowing that if they opened up and took the game to the visiting team they would leave themselves exposed and get picked off. Mahrez peppered the car park with a couple of speculative efforts; the fans locked out and sitting atop a Transit van behind the fence seemingly more in danger than Mitchell in United's goal and they were dislodged on 68 minutes when Jesus fired straight at them!

Cameron Brannagan's return lasted 55 minutes before he was taken off as a precaution; City's abundance of riches demonstrated perfectly when they brought on Raheem Sterling at the same stage. Mitchell pushed away another Mahrez drive on 71 and United had defended stoutly.  Long was relishing the challenge on his return from injury, exemplifying the spirit and effort that the whole team were putting in.

They may not have created too many chances but eventually when they tried to chase the game it caught them out. Ricky Holmes tried his luck from 30 yards but missed by a fair distance, a long Long throw on 74 caused chaos and forced a corner and then U's went for broke on 77 minutes by throwing on Sam Smith and going with two up front.

A risky move and before it could have any effect it was 2-0 and game over. It came from a Nelson throw towards the box for the U's that was cleared and allowed City to burst clear and bear down on the stretched back line. Phil Foden picked his moment and then rolled it through for Mahrez who finished brilliantly, giving Mitchell no chance and sending City into the next round. Foden then sealed it with an injury time drive after another swift break, a clinical pass from Sterling and a drive in to the far corner for 3-0.

No shame for the U's who gave it their all but found City too strong. No great surprise. A good night, a great crowd, and now for the important stuff: a trip to AFC Wimbledon on Saturday.

Att: 11,956

Away: 1,247

Report by Chris Williams, pictures by Steve Daniels, Stats by OPTA

This report is dedicated to the memory of Steve Maycock.

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