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Northampton Preview

11 October 2013

A full guide to Saturday's big game

We look ahead to this Saturday's big home match against Northampton Town. 

Team News
United welcome Andy Whing back after suspension as they take on The Cobblers. The tough midfielder missed the win at Hartlepool and the home defeats to Southend and Portsmouth after receiving a straight red card against Chesterfield, but he is available once more and joins skipper Jake Wright in the squad. Wright has recovered well after an operation to remove an abscess on his groin and has been training with the squad for the last week.

Alfie Potter faces a late fitness test after suffering from a tight hamstring in Tuesday night's game against Portsmouth, while Dave Kitson, Danny Rose and Sean Rigg will all be hoping to be involved again after sitting out the Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie. 

See Chris Wilder 's pre-match thoughts HERE.

Tom Newey joins the fun in the Preview Show in Yellow Player.

The Opposition 

Northampton have made a poor start to the season following their play-off final defeat to Bradford City at the end of last season. They currently lie 23rd in League 2 with just 8 points, but they did win last time out, beating AFC Wimbledon 2-0 at Kingsmeadow.

The Cobblers suffered a couple of injuries in that win, leaving former United winger Chris Hackett and striker Roy O'Donovan rated just 50-50 to play tomorrow. Northampton were already missing Clive Platt, Alex Nicholls, Kelvin Langmead and Lewis Hornby.

Northampton boss Aidy Boothroyd said: 'I know it will be difficult. They will want to put that defeat to Southend last weekend firmly behind them and they will be fired up.
'For us it’s about being methodical and professional and it’s about maintaining what we’ve done.
'We’ve played in a way that has got us a couple of results recently and we are getting better all the time.'

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. 

Youth Team Away
United's under-18 side look to follow up their excellent 7-1 win over Swindon two weeks ago with another victory as they travel to Cheltenham Town. Full report to appear right here.

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

Special Guest
Come along and meet a true Manor legend tomorrow. Johnny Byrne, one of the most flamboyant strikers in the club's history, 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 contains a huge amount of exciting exclusive content.

There is a four-page question-and-answer session with Johnny Byrne plus a full-length interview with United midfielder Andy Whing.

There is a great competitions page where you can win outstanding prizes, such as the new Glasgvegas album, a family meal for four at the Aziz Express and all 58 SEGA Mega Drive games. We have all the usual features, including the chairman, manager and captain, plus stats, history and Olly and Olivia Oxes' page for the kids. All this for just £3 and a  copy of the Oxford Mail (while stocks last). You can buy your 84-page magazine from sellers around the ground and the club shop or you can go to our website at and download it from two hours before kick-off, or subscribe for the remainder of the season (subscribers can access the magazine from 9am tomorrow).

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.

New league sponsors Skybet have some great offers for United fans as we look forward to Saturday's game at home to Southend     

All new customers receive a £10 FREE Bet, no deposit required, plus if you 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 10/11 to win on Saturday with the draw 13/5 but there are 53 different markets to have a bet on, including:

James Constable            5/1
Deane Smalley               5/1
Alfie Potter                    11/2
Dave Kitson                   6/1
Sean Rigg                      8/1
Danny Rose                   10/1
Or how about James Constable to score in both halves: a £10 bet would win you £140.

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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