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Northampton preview

22 March 2013

Full preview as United travel to Northampton

We look ahead to Saturdays npower League 2 game at Northampton.

Team News

There are no new injury concerns for United as they head for Sixfields on Saturday. The U's are still without Lewis Montrose (hamstring), Justin Richards (knee), Peter Leven (knee) and Tony Capaldi (back)  but Jon-Paul Pittman has come through another full week of training with the rest of the first team squad and may make his return from the bench.

Former Northampton defender Liam Davis faces his former club and spoke to Yellow Player about his return. See a full Preview Show plus the thoughts of Chris Wilder in Player now.

The Opposition

Northampton manager Aidy Boothroyd said on the game "Both teams are in good form and I think both teams are going to go out to try and win it.We are doing very well at home and we want to maintain that.

“It should be a really good attacking game but it’s important that we defend properly and that we put the onus on them to defend.Ideally I’d like us to be in the pack all the way to the end and if it comes down to the final two or three games and we’ve got a chance of automatic promotion then we’ll do all we can to go and get it. I think at this stage we would have all taken where we are and now it’s all about the run-in.

“The first 8 games were important to get off to a good start and now the last 8 are vital and we need to make sure that we finish as strongly as we can.

“Oxford have been in and around it for two or three years now and we’ve had some good games against them. We’re in a good position in the league and Oxford have still got a chance of getting in the play-offs. They are very attack minded anyway and I think they need to come here to try and win. It’ll be a difficult game but we want to continue our crusade to try and get promotion.


TICKET NEWS

This game is ALL TICKET. As of 10.00 this morning there were just 57 tickets remaining behind the goal. Fans wishing to go are advised to book as soon as possible. Tickets are on sale until 3.00 this afternoon.

npower League 2, Saturday 23rd March, kick-off 3.00pm
Sixfields Stadium, Upton way, Northampton NN5 5QA

Oxford United fans have been allocated covered seating for this fixture. The game is ALL TICKET and tickets will go OFF SALE at 3pm today (Friday 22nd March). Supporters without a valid match ticket are strongly advised not to travel to the game.

Prices for this game are as follows:

South Stand (Behind the goal)       * Family East Stand (Side of pitch)
Adults            £20.00                                                     £19.00
Over 65         £16.00                                                      £14.00
Under 18         £8.00                                                      £7.00
Under 7         FREE                                                          FREE

*Family stand tickets will only be available to supporters who have concessions as part of their group as this is a shared stand.
Wheelchair Adults (South Stand) £14.00, Juniors £7.00 (includes free carer)
Ambulant disabled adults (all areas) £14.00 Juniors £7.00 (includes free carer)
 
TRAVEL (47 miles from Oxford)
Take the A43 towards Northampton and you will come to the ground on your right. The Sixfields stadium is well signposted around the area. There are two large sized car parks located at the ground, which cost £4.

Travelling by train? Northampton train station is over two miles from the ground, so it is probably best to hire a taxi. Buses also run directly past the train station.

Stagecoach run buses from Greyfriars bus station. You can get the D1/D2/D3 (15 and 45 mins past each hour) from bay 12 that run to the bus stop by the Sixfields roundabout. The 22/22A (10 and 40 mins past the hour) runs from bay 14 to the bus stop by the Study Centre on Edgar Mobbs Way. The number 5 from bay 14 (56 and 26 mins past the hour) runs to the bus stop by Sainsburys. You can also get the 9/9A from bay 13 (every 10 minutes) but you have to walk from the Weedon Road. Ask for a day rider (£3.40 which is cheaper than official car parks) and you get unlimited travel on all Stagecoach buses for the whole day so it is a reasonable price and allows you to have a drink!

Travel details supplied by www.ntfc.co.uk

Places on the London Road Travel Club Coaches are still available with details as follows. 
 
LONDON ROAD CLUB COACHES:
Departure Times: Stadium 12.00pm – Ice Rink 12.15pm
Fares: Adult Member £10.00, Adult Non-Member £12.00
            Junior Member £8.00, Junior Non-Member £10.00     

HOME LEAGUE MATCHES:
Tickets are now on sale for Good Friday's home game against Morecambe.

To book your tickets please visit www.oufctickets.co.uk , telephone 01865 337533 or call in person at the ticket office during normal office hours.

The Odds 
 
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Email enquiries@betbutler.co.uk with the club you support and details of your first bet to claim. 
 
Odds correct at time of writing
 
Coverage
If you can't be there 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 on line. See the Preview Show right now along with Chris Wilder's pre-match thoughts.
 
This Site
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.


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