We look forward to tonight's Big Match
We look ahead to tonight's match
Having made progress in the Capital One Cup at the expense of AFC Bournemouth and then won their opening League game at Bristol Rovers, United go into the game in good form and full of confidence.
There were a couple of minor knocks after Saturday's 2-0 win at the Memorial Stadium but boss Chris Wilder is likely to have a full squad available other than long term injuries Harry Worley, Peter Leven, Michael Duberry, Andy Whing and Liam Davis
See Chris Wilder and Lee Cox previewing the game in Yellow Player.
Southend kicked-off the new 2012/13 npower League 2 season with a 1-0 defeat at home to Accrington Stanley but boss Paul Sturrock saw his side create chances and will be looking for a positive reaction tonight. He told www.southendunited.co.uk:
“Oxford have come off the back of a very good victory so they will be cock-a-hoop at this moment in time. The doom and gloom merchants will have us as the underdogs but I think we have got to take a lot positives from the match on Saturday.
“We created 20 chances, which is a lot to win a football match, but the disappointing thing is that we didn’t hit the target enough and we didn’t score obviously. I would be more worried if we weren’t creating chances. The quicker we get a win on the board the better as losing is as habit forming as winning is and there’s no better opportunity than Tuesday,” he said.
“Chris Wilder has brought in Sean Rigg from Port Vale and Jake Forster-Caskey who are two really good players. They have started well and they will be wanting to turn us over after we’ve been there the last couple of times and got results.”
Striker Freddy Eastwood will again miss the clash with a calf problem whilst fellow forward Barry Corr (groin) is also unavailable. The Blues boss must also decide whether to hand new goalkeeper Paul Smith his debut.
Man in the Middle
The referee for tonight's game is Oliver Langford.
Tickets are available at 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.
Tonight sees the start of six new bus services which will run to Oxford United matches from all over the county.
The U's have started a new partnership with RH Coaches to provide quick and easy transport to and from games from major towns across Oxfordshire. Routes will start from Banbury, Chipping Norton, Carterton, Wantage, Henley on Thames and Thame, with pickups en route to the stadium. The Kidlington bus service will continue again this season, but with RH Coaches as the provider.
The buses will run for the first time tonight and be available for every home league game.
Prices start from as little as £5.00 return
For a full list of prices and timetables click here: Bus details 2012_13
Be well Read...
Tonight sees the launch of our first full sized programme of the season.
Packed full with new features and contributors the new look programme features a perfect bound spine which builds into a picture over the course of the season. It also features a face in the Crowd competition: if you're the fan circled you can win tickets to the next match.
Ian Lenagan, Chris Wilder and Jake Wright all have their regular slots, there are in depth interviews with Ryan Clarke and Lee Cox, plus features on Deane Smalley and Jake Forster-Caskey.
We start a brand new series to mark 50 years since we first entered the Football League, and of course all your old favourites like 'On the Road' 'Off the Ball' and 'Spelling Mistakes' are there to enjoy.
AND we have kept the price at just £3! What more could you possibly ask for?
Oh, yes, if you subscribe you get all this plus we post the programmes out to arrive on your doorstep on matchdays (Postman permitting)
Find out what all the fuss is about for just £3 (including a copy of the Oxford Mail while stocks last) from programme vendors around the ground tonight.
If you can't be with us then try out Yellow Player, where we have commentary of the whole game live, plus video interviews with all the key men and match highlights for you to see.
Yellow Player is the ONLY place on the internet that you can hear the game online; join us for all the action.
Buy Player for just £4.29 a month. You can sign up for just 10p per day.
www.oufc.co.uk is the perfect place to follow all the action. The official website will have:
- Full team news
- Read a full match report the very second the final whistle blows
- See a full gallery of all the key moments
- See the manager and key players give their reactions in Yellow Player
- SMS subscribers get all the action straight to their mobiles.
- Or follow @OUFClive on Twitter for all the action wherever you are
Make sure you buy a Fifty-50 lottery ticket to be in with a chance of winning a big cash prize. Tickets are on sale all around the ground including from the concourse programme sellers, with the draw at half-time.
The result will appear right here as soon as it is made.