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PREVIEW: Oxford United v Tranmere Rovers

5 December 2014

A full guide to Saturday's big game

•    United look to make it through to the Third Round of the FA Cup
•    Barnett leads the line
•    Tickets reduced to just £10
•    Read all about it in the match day magazine.

United will look to Tyrone Barnett to lead the line as they welcome Tranmere Rovers in the FA Cup Second Round on Saturday. The on-loan Peterborough striker scored in the league meeting between the sides a few weeks ago and netted United's goal at Cheltenham last weekend and Head Coach Michael Appleton is likely to rely on Barnett up front with a number of other striking options unavailable. New signings John Campbell and Wes Burns are cup-tied while both James Roberts and Will Hoskins are injured. The pair are doing well with their rehab work and United could be boosted by Hoskins returning to full training on Monday with Roberts also close to a return.

With Chey Dunkley cup-tied there could be a place on the bench for Michael Raynes while both Joe Riley and Tareiq Holmes-Dennis are eligible under the terms of their loans.

See Wes Burns, Jon Meades and Michael Appleton give their thoughts ahead of the game in Yellow Player.

Micky Adams was in the stands for the league game the last time the teams met before officially taking over on the Monday. The vastly experienced manager believe his side have improved greatly since that first meeting:

"I certainly feel that we’ve improved" he said. "I feel there’s more about us and we understand our roles and responsibilities and that we can go to Oxford and get a positive result, because that’s what we’re after.

"Michael Appleton and his staff have become quite frustrated with what they’ve produced. We know that on the day they’re a decent side.

"It's not a game we should be fearful of and that’s my message to my players.

"There's nothing to fear and whilst we respect everything about Oxford, I believe that if we perform anything like we did last weekend, we’ll get a positive result."

Tickets for a Tenner
There is a fantastic offer for this game. Adult tickets are just £10 with under 18s and over 65s £5 whether purchased in advance or on the day. Don't delay, book your place today

Call 01865 337533 or visit 

Fans in the Family Area can join us in Olly's Den once again. This brand new area features table tennis, shooting tests, player visits and giant games and is free to enter. Meet Olly and Olivia the Ox and enjoy the build up to kick-off in Olly's Den.

The Football Special Buses are running as usual and offer cheap and easy transport to all league games. Click HERE for timetables and routes

The Matchday Magazine is a bargain £2 tomorrow and we have crammed plenty into it. Mark Ashton, Michael Appleton and Jake Wright have their say, there is a fascinating interview with former FA Cup quarter-finalist Brian Howard, a chat with John Campbell, and we have the latest news and views from all parts of the club.

Remember that you can download a copy from our website at from 1pm on Saturday. (9am for subscribers).

Be sure to pick up a Fifty/50 half time draw ticket from one of our sellers around the ground. The first prize is regularly £1,000 plus so you don’t want to miss out on what could be £1 very well spent!

With Christmas on the horizon why not get in early? The home and away kits are both available in the club shop in all sizes, as well as a wide range of  training and leisure wear. Call in for a browse in the club shop or new mobile shop which is situated outside the South Stand.

If you fancy a flutter on Saturday’s game, then there is still time to enter the Sky Bet Transfer Fund competition and to win £5,000 for you and £250,000 for the club to spend!

Ten potential winners will be drawn at random on Monday- every person who signed up goes into the hat so make sure you join in this weekend.

For the full range of odds available on the match click HERE

If you can’t be with us on Saturday, then live full match commentary is available in Yellow Player. Yellow Player is the ONLY place on the internet where you can listen to the game live, and there will also be video interviews with all the key men plus extended highlights.

THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE is the perfect place to follow all the action. The official website will have:

-    An exciting match console
-    A full match report the minute the final whistle is blown
-    A full photo gallery of all the key moments
-    The manager and key players' reactions in Yellow Player
-    SMS subscribers will receive all the action straight to their mobiles.

Or follow @oufclive on Twitter for regular updates and all the action on Saturday.


We have teamed up with club sponsors Black n Rounds for a brand new skills test for the players: the Black n Rounds Challenge. Players need to do the full 'Round' of foot, thigh, shoulder, head and then down the other side. This week Johnny Mullins tries to beat Danny Rose's score of seven.  YOU can win a copy of Football Manager 2015 by following @BlacknRounds on Twitter.

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