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1 November 2013

A full guide to Saturday's big game

We look ahead to this Saturday's big home match against Bristol Rovers. 

Team News
United welcome back forwards Alfie Potter and Dave Kitson as they look to stay top of the league. Potter has trained all week after recovering from a hamstring problem while Kitson has served a one game suspension. With Deane Smalley scoring on his own comeback last weekend at Wimbledon and James Constable chasing his 100th goal in United colours it gives manager Chris Wilder plenty of attacking options.

Left back Tom Newey collected his fifth yellow of the season at Wimbledon and misses the game but influential defender Johnny Mullins returns to the squad after an ankle problem that has kept him out of the last two games.

See Chris Wilder 's pre-match thoughts HERE.

Michael Raynes and Danny Rose join the fun in the Preview Show in Yellow Player.

The Opposition 

Rovers boss John Ward has boosted his squad by bringing in 29-year-old Preston North End striker Chris Beardsley on a month's loan.

"Chris gives us what we do not have at the moment, and that is experience down the middle of the pitch," Ward said. "He provides that extra bit of knowledge. He is a strong boy and he is a team player who works very hard for his team. He may not get the headlines for scoring all the goals, but he brings people in to the game and creates chances. He should be a big help to the young lads in the squad."

Ward is hoping to be able to team Beardsley with striker Matt Harrold after injury while defender Lee Brown returns after a hamstring complaint.

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
Come along another United legend tomorrow. Jamie Brooks, a Kassam Stadium favourite, is our guest of honour and will be talking to fans in a Q&A session in the 12th Man Bar from 1.40pm

Be well read...

The matchday magazine  is chock full of content for everyone tomorrow

Our big interview features former Gashead Sean Rigg, while another ex-Pirate, Ryan Clarke, is the subject of the How I Got Here piece. In addition, Bristolian Danny Rose is the subject of our Football Manager Confidential, while the opposition pages highlight Dave Savage as the Played for Both player.

Talking of Football Manager, you can win a copy of FM14 on our competitions page, with other prizes including a family meal for four at the Aziz Express and a download of the new album from The Feeling. 

You can get all this, along with a copy of Saturday's Oxford Mail (while stocks last) for just £3 from sellers around the ground. 

Remember if you can't be at the match you can download the magazine from 1pm at our website So there are no reasons why you can't read all about it.

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.


There is a  £1m jackpot on the Super 6 this week at SKY BET.  This is an incredibly popular FREE to play challenge and with a MILLION pounds up for grab a minute of your time could change your life.

United's odds to win the title were slashed to 8/1 last weekend as they went top: 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.   

Join the £5 Free Bet Club you get a FREE £5 BET every week -  Place a £5 accumulator on any sport with combined odds of 5/1 or more before midnight Sunday. Your £5 free bet will then be credited by 7pm Monday for you to use on any sport.       

The U’s are a mean 4/5 to win on Saturday with the draw 7/2 but there are 53 different markets to have a bet on with some great odds, including:

Oxford 1-0 11/2
Oxford 2-0 7/1
Oxford 2-1 15/2
Oxford 3-0 14/1
Oxford 3-1 14/1

Draw 0-0 9/1
Draw 1-1 11/2
Draw 2-2 16/1
Draw 3-3 80/1
Draw 4-4 250/1

Deane Smalley                11/2
James Constable             11/2
Dave Kitson                    11/2
Or how about Danny Rose to score first in a 3-1 win at 95/1

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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