Plymouth will have Christmas Day off, as will United players, with manager John Sheridan putting family first:
“I think it’s important, whatever anyone else thinks, that they spend a bit of time with their family at Christmas,” said Sheridan. “They will see their loved ones on Christmas Day and we’re in the team hotel on Christmas night. You need to be with your family sometimes. I’ve been in football a long time and I’ve been in a hotel every Christmas night throughout my career. It’s probably one of the hardest things to do when you got kids, your missus, and loved ones.”
However Sheridan will be expecting a performance from his side come 3pm on Boxing Day
“It is a game which we’re going to try to win. I know they are going very well and they will look at it, with them being at home, as a game they can win. I know Chris very well and he knows they will get a tough game from us. It will be a good game for us to play in; it will test us.
“I think we are getting more consistency in our game. We need to win games if we are going to push up to the teams above us. They have got a bit of belief. They think they are going to win games. That’s a good thing to have.”
“When you are a player, you want to play in games where there is an atmosphere,” said John. “Playing in front of 10,000 is good for this standard. With them being top of the league, they will be favourites to win, but, believe me, we are going there to win the game ourselves.”
With a bumper crowd expected fans are advised to arrive early. Tickets are still available at advance prices via the phones or via www.oufctickets.co.uk
where you can pick your exact seat and see the approximate view from that seat but some areas are close to selling out already. The phonelines are open on 01865 337533
until 1pm on Christmas Eve or call in person at the Ticket Office.
Sea of Yellow
There will be 5,000 yellow flags in the seats, fireworks, tenor Laurence Robinson plus so much more including the chance to win a £2,500 Bang and Olufsen Sound System. It will be a fantastic occasion so grab that yellow scarf and get behind the U's
Thinking of coming along and need to know more about parking, buses and public transport? Then click HERE.
United legend Dick Lucas is our guest and the former United full back will be chatting to fans in the 12th Man Bar from 1.30pm.
Be well read...
Boxing Day's Matchday Magazine features a full-length interview with Danny Rose, chats with Josh Shama and Michael Raynes and news and views from all parts of the U's
All this will cost you just £3 from sellers around the ground, or you can download a copy from our website at www.matchdayfix.com/oufc
where you can also purchase back issues or buy a half season subscription for just £30.
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.
Find all the best Boxing Day odds with league sponsors Sky Bet, and remember that the club makes money from every new sign-up and subsequent bet placed. You can place your bet now by clicking HERE
. The U’s are currently 5/6 to win but there are also 52 other markets you can bet on, including:
Oxford 1-0 11/2
Oxford 2-0 15/2
Oxford 2-1 15/2
Oxford 3-0 16/1
Oxford 3-1 16/1
After 90 minutes:
Draw 0-0 9/1
Draw 1-1 11/2
Draw 2-2 14/1
Draw 3-3 66/1
Draw 4-4 250/1
James Constable 5/1
Deane Smalley 5/1
Dave Kitson 11/2
Sean Rigg 17/2
Ryan Williams 9/1
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 highlights and 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.
Bring On The Wall
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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.