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6 September 2013

Our guide to Saturday's big game at the Pirelli

We look ahead to United’s trip to Burton, as the U’s look to continue their undefeated record in the league.

Second-placed United travel to third-placed Burton Albion tomorrow for a top-of-the-table clash at the Pirelli Stadium. Both teams have made an unbeaten start to the League season and will be looking for that run to continue 

Following last Saturday's 1-1 draw with Rochdale, United manager Chris Wilder hopes to have more options in his squad. David Kitson played for an hour suffering the effects of a bug, but he has shaken that off and will be hopeful of retaining his starting place. Meanwhile fellow striker Deane Smalley, who missed out with a hamstring strain, hopes to be back in the reckoning for a place in the starting line-up, but he may have to wait his turn as James Constable was on the scoresheet against Dale.

Alfie Potter and Andy Whing have both overcome slight knocks received against Dale and both are likely to start. 

Sean Rigg and Jon Meades are the only definite absentees for United, and both will probably be out for another couple of months while they undergo treatment for their injuries.


Burton lost 1-0 at Notts County in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy first round on Tuesday evening, but the side that manager Gary Rowett put out may not bear much resemblance to the team that will face United tomorrow. 

Rowett is expected to bring Rory Delap, Lee Bell, Chris Hussey, Adam McGurk and Rene Howe back into his starting line-up after they were rested for Tuesday night’s game. Hussey had a bit of soreness in his hamstring but will be fine tomorrow, while Alex MacDonald (calf) faces a late fitness test. Zander Diamond (foot) is back in training but this weekend is expected to come a bit too soon for him. Billy Kee (thigh) is out for another three weeks at least.

Rowett told the Derby Telegraph: "Oxford have got some excellent players and are a team very much like ourselves.
“I’ve been listening to what’s been coming out of their camp over the summer and how they’re united this year. We’ve found that goes a hell of a long way in the last 18 months.

“They’ve got talent in abundance, with Dave Kitson to go alongside the likes of James Constable and Deane Smalley.

“Alfie Potter, on his day, is as good as anyone in this division, too.”

Oxford fans have been allocated 380 seats and 1,450 terrace spaces for the match. The match is not all-ticket but a large travelling support is expected. Terrace places are pay on the day only but supporters can buy seat tickets in advance. Tickets are available until 3pm Friday afternoon from the ticket office. Prices are as follows:

Adults £18.00
Over 65 £16.00
17-22 Year Olds £16.00*
16 and Under £8.00

Standing (Pay on the Day only):
Adults £15.00
Over 65 £13.00
17-22 Year Olds £13.00*
16 and Under £5.00

*ID must be presented when purchasing tickets
Wheelchair spaces contact Burton Albion on 01283 565938.

To purchase seat tickets please visit (24/7) telephone 01865 337533 or call in person at the ticket office during normal office hours.

TRAVEL (By car, 103 miles from Oxford)
From A38 South (Lichfield, Birmingham)

Take the second exit for Burton (North). Take this exit (A5121) and proceed along Derby Road, passing McDonald's and the Pirelli factory on your right and a BP Garage and Cash & Carry on your left until you reach a roundabout. Turn right at this roundabout into Princess Way and the entrance to the ground is 300 yards on your right. 

Car Parking

Car parking is available at the Pirelli Stadium for 400 vehicles. Overflow car parking is located at the nearby Rykneld Trading Estate (first exit at the roundabout before turning right into Princess Way). The Pirelli Stadium is located opposite the old Eton Park Ground. 

Travel details supplied by 

Departure Times: Stadium 10.30am - Ice Rink 10.45am

Fares: Adult Member £15.00, Adult Non-Member £17.00

            Junior Member £13.00, Junior Non-Member £15.00


Sky Bet, title sponsors of the Football League, are offering odds of 11/8 for an Oxford win at Plainmoor this weekend.

You can back United to win 2-0 at 14/1 or if you’re feeling adventurous the U’s are currently 80/1 to win 4-0!

If you fancy James Constable to score his third goal of the season, you can get odds of 7/1 for him to score first, while Johnny Mullins is 25/1 to repeat his goalscoring exploits and score the final goal of the match.

There is a £10 FREE BET - No Deposit required - for every new customer and every bet you place, win or lose, you help the U’s.

Tickets are now on general sale for United's next home games against Chesterfield on 21st September, Southend on 5th October and Northampton on 12th October.
To book your tickets please visit 24/7, telephone 01865 337533 or call in person at the ticket office during normal office hours.

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