U's ready for Capital one Cup Kick-Off
United return to competitive action tonight as they welcome AFC Bournemouth to the Kassam Stadium in the first round of the newly named Capital One Cup (7.45pm)
The U's have impressed in pre-season with the goals shared around between the seven strikers and the biggest decision facing Chris Wilder would appear to be who starts up front. James Constable, Alfie Potter, Tom Craddock, Deane Smalley, Sean Rigg and JP Pittman look to be competing for three places with Smalley and Pittman both coming back after missing the final warm up game as a precaution after injury. Tyrone Marsh is also expected to be on the bench.
Simon Heslop should overcome a back problem and looks to be challenging Adam Chapman for a place in midfield alongside new faces Lee Cox and Jake Forster-Caskey.
The only question in defence is whether Sean McGinty or Tony Capaldi get the nod at left-back where Capaldi looks to have the advantage after pre-season.
See Chris Wilder's thoughts on the game HERE
Bournemouth finished last season in 11th place in League One and have some serious goal threats in former Rotherham front man Lewis Grabban, Wes Thomas and former Crawley striker Matt Tubbs.
Manager Paul Groves is without long-term absentees Wes Fogden, Stephen Purches,and Charlie Sheringham who have been joined by veteran Steve Fletcher (dead leg) and Mark Molesley (groin)
Defender Adam Bartlett (hamstring) and Tommy Elphick (Achilles) will try to prove their fitness but former Torquay man Eunan O'Kane will also not feature as he is on international duty with Republic of Ireland's under-21s.
The referee for tonight's game is Robert Madley from West Yorkshire
Come and Join Us
Tickets are available at discounted advance prices until 2pm this afternoon via the phones or via www.oufctickets.co.uk where you can pick your exact seat and see the approximate view from that seat. The phonelines are open on 01865 337533 or call in person at the Ticket Office.
Book your seat and come and cheer the boys on.
Our award winning programme hit the stands again tonight in a 48 page action packed version.
Alfie Potter and Sean McGinty feature and there is a fascinating four page interview with one time Bournemouth loanee Michael Duberry in which he talks with great honesty about his hopes for the future.
The programme is available for just £3 from programme vendors around the ground.
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