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26 November 2013

We look ahead to tonight's game

We look ahead to tonight's big home match against Newport. 

Team News
United will need to make at least one change, with Sean Rigg ruled out for two weeks with a hamstring injury. The former Port Vale winger picked up the injury in the 3-0 win over Morecambe on Saturday and joins Jake Wright, Andy Whing, Jon Meades and Alfie Potter on the sidelines.

Boss Chris Wilder has options to cover for Rigg's absence: Asa Hall has played on the left this season while youngsters Josh Ruffels and Callum O'Dowda are both naturally left sided.

Keeper Ryan Clarke makes his 200th start for United this evening and features in a full four-page interview in the Matchday Magazine.

Danny Rose enjoyed a fine spell at Newport earlier in his career and helps us look forward to the game in a full-length Preview Show in Yellow Player. Log on to see that and hear Chris Wilder's views ahead of the game.

The Opposition 

Newport are currently 6th in the table in their first season back in the Football League. A 0-0 draw at Cheltenham on Saturday leaves Justin Edinburgh's side handily placed in the play-offs and Edinburgh added to his firepower last week by bringing striker George Barker in on loan from Brighton. Barker is needed as cover because former United striker Chris Zebroski is out with a knee injury but there will be two familiar faces in the Newport line-up with Adam Chapman and Harry Worley both returning to the Kassam Stadium.

Tickets are available at advance prices via the phones or via 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. 

Getting Here
Thinking of coming along and need to know more about parking, buses and public transport? Then click HERE.

Special Guest
United legend Hugh Curran is Guest of Honour and will be talking to fans in a Q&A session in the 12th Man Bar from 6.45pm. Hugh joined Oxford for £50,000 from Wolves in 1972 and was leading scorer for the club in his first two seasons before being sold to Bolton Wanderers for £40,000. The former Scotland international rejoined Oxford later in his career before injury forced his early retirement.

Be well read...

For tonight's visit of Newport County AFC we have produced yet another great issue of our award-winning matchday magazine.

Voted League 2 Programme of the Year by the Football League last season, this year's edition is even better with much more original content and features. Tonight's issue is again chock full of articles, interviews, competitions, history and stats, including a full-length exclusive chat with ever-present goalkeeper Ryan Clarke, who makes his 200th start for the U's this evening. We also get David Hunt's guide to his career so far and a fascinating question and answer interview with former United legend Hugh Curran.

While the chairman, manager and captain all have their say, we also get Ryan Williams talking us through his football manager credentials, plus we celebrate James Constable's 100th (and 101st) goals with a double-page spread in which he talks us through his best moments in a yellow shirt. On the competitions page you can win the new album from Keane, family season tickets for ice hockey side Oxford City Stars, and a family meal for four at the Aziz Express.

In addition, there is a full focus on Newport, including a feature on John Aldridge as our Played for Both and a look back to the last time County came to Oxford, 30 years ago today.

You can buy all this and much, much more for just £3 from sellers around the ground (with a copy of today's Oxford Mail, while stocks last) or as a download from our website at from two hours before kick-off.

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.


If you are going to have a bet on that then be sure to do it RIGHT HERE as the club makes money with every single sign up, and every bet you subsequently place.  The U’s may be a mean 11/10 to win  with the draw 12/5 but there are 53 different markets to have a bet on with some improved odds, including:

Oxford 1-0 6/1
Oxford 2-0 17/2
Oxford 2-1 15/2
Oxford 3-0 18/1
Oxford 3-1 16/1

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 (was 9/2)
Dave Kitson                    13/2 (was 11/2)
Ryan Williams                 11/1
Johnny Mullins                22/1 (was 20/1)
Or how about Danny Rose to score first in a 3-1 win at 100/1

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 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
We will continue to test the capabilities of our brand new web feature The Wall throughout Saturday's game. Log on and join the experiment.

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.

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