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18 December 2012

We look ahead to tonight's big FA Cup game

We look ahead to tonight's rescheduled FA Cup with Budweiser Second Round replay against Accrington Stanley (7.45pm).

The prize of a Third Round home tie against Sheffield United awaits the winner in a game that could go all the way to penalties.

Team News
United have no new injury worries after the draw at Morecambe on Saturday.

Michael Duberry will hope to be involved for the first time this season after making his return to full training and featuring in a practice game last week.

Simon Heslop will sit out the second game of his three match ban after his red card against Aldershot.

Jake Forster-Caskey is ineligible but Lee Cox can play under the terms of his loan.

Boss Chris Wilder told us:

"It's a big game for us. I thought the first match was real end to end stuff and we did well in difficult circumstances. We will prepare properly as we always do. Both sides now know what the opposition are all about and it will be a tough game."

See Chris previewing the game in the fantastic Preview Show in Yellow Player now.

The Opposition
Veteran striker James Beattie could return from injury and goalkeeper Paul Rachubka has extended his week-to-week loan deal from Leeds and is available.

Stanley come into the game on the back of a home defeat against Wycombe at the weekend, but their away form under Leam Richardson has been strong with just one defeat, at Burton Albion, since the new manager took over.

Leam said: "I was disappointed with the performance on Saturday. It was a game we expected to win and win comfortably.

"We want a reaction from the players and we think we'll get it. You feel like you're repeating yourself a bit because this is the third time the game has come around but it's a hugely important game for the club and if we can get through it'll be fantastic."

Tickets are available at advance prices until 2pm today via the phones or via where you can pick your exact seat and see the approximate view from that spot.    

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.   

Fans are reminded that the football buses that run from Carterton and Kidlington will not be running tonight. These buses operate for league games only and will be back in operation on Saturday 22nd December when United welcome Fleetwood Town

Be Well Read...
Tonight's Matchday Magazine is a smaller edition, with a reduced price of just £2. Available all around the ground, the programme features the thoughts of Ian Lenagan, Chris Wilder and Jake Wright plus news and views from all around the club.

Pick up a copy tonight.

Present Perfect
The U's will be visiting the Children's Hospital on Thursday so tonight is the last chance for supporters to drop in any presents and gifts for the club to give to the children on the wards. If you want to raise a smile at Christmas then please drop any toys, games or presents in to reception tonight.

Shouting the odds
There’s another way to support The U's thanks to our Official Betting Provider, Bet Butler.    

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- A betting provider that genuinely wants you to win    


This Site 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 over £1,000. Tickets are on sale all around the ground including from the concourse programme sellers, with the draw being made at half-time.
The result will appear right here as soon as it is made.

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