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24 January 2014

We look forward to Oxford United v Torquay United at the Kassam Stadium

United welcome Torquay United  to the Kassam Stadium tomorrow  (3pm) in  Sky Bet League 2. Here we present a full guide to the game.

Team News
United will be without Dave Kitson once again as he recovers from a troublesome ankle injury, although the experienced striker is hoping to be fit for the trip to Exeter on Tuesday evening.

Nicky Wroe, cup-tied for the FA Cup game against Charlton in midweek, comes back into the squad against his former club while Danny Rose and Ryan Williams will be pushing for recalls after missing the Charlton game.

See Mickey Lewis previewing the game in Yellow Player right now where we also have a great Preview Show featuring Johnny Mullins and Chris Allen.

The Opposition 

There is a familiar face in the Torquay dug-out as former United captain Chris Hargreaves returns as Gulls Manager. Hargreaves enjoyed two spells as a player at the Kassam Stadium and has returned to Torquay as Boss after a spell at AFC Bournemouth

‘’They are a big club, great set-up and a big game for us,’’ he told Torquay's official website. ‘’I wanted to go back to Oxford at the end of my playing career and managed to right a wrong.When we went down at Oxford, it was turmoil off the pitch and that leads to turmoil on the pitch, it was a bad time but I’ve learned from it, and I’ll be doing my very best to make sure it doesn’t happen here.

‘’We’re building the right type of blocks for the future here and I know that already. I can’t guarantee anything but all I can say is we’re trying to put things in place for us to achieve.

‘’I went to the Charlton game in the FA Cup on Tuesday but I think Oxford may play a different system tomorrow. Charlton are very good in possession and a Championship side, so Oxford tweaked their formation a couple of times.

‘’It was a tight game until Charlton scored and we know we’re facing a tough team, but we’re a good team as well.’’

Tickets are still available at advance prices until via or from the ticket office on 01865 337533

Getting Here
The Football Special buses are running as for all league matches. Click HERE for information on  bus routes to get here as well as parking and travel advice.

Be well read...
Saturday's Matchday Magazine returns to 84 pages with Guest of honour Peter Rhoades-Brown the subject of a four-page question-and-answer session. We also have a full-length exclusive interview with  Nicky Wroe, while Sean Rigg tells us all about how his career has progressed from a youngster in Gloucestershire to a first team regular with the U's. 

The chairman, manager and captain all have their say, as does David Kitson. On the competitions page you can win the latest album from Hard-Fi or a copy of Football Manager 2014.

You can buy the matchday magazine for just £3 from sellers around the ground (with a copy of the day's Oxford Mail while stocks last) or download it from our website at from 1pm on Saturday (or 9am if you subscribe) so you can read it on your PC, smartphone, tablet or other device, also for just £3.

If you’re unable to make it to the match we’ll have full commentary live on Yellow Player, as well as video interviews with all the major players and highlights. Yellow Player is the ONLY place on the internet that you can hear the game online; join us for all the action.

You can place your bet now by clicking HERE with  The U’s  a mean 10/11 to beat Torquay, with the visitors at 3/1, but there are also 53 other markets you can bet on, including:

Correct Score
Oxford 1-0  5/1
Oxford 2-0  7/1
Oxford 2-1  15/2
Oxford 3-0 16/1
Oxford 3-1 16/1

The draw:
Draw 0-0 17/2
Draw 1-1 5/1
Draw 2-2 16/1
Draw 3-3 80/1
Draw 4-4 250/1

First/Last Goalscorers
James Constable              5/1
Deane Smalley               11/2
Sean Rigg                       8/1
Ryan Williams                  10/1

Or how about Johnny Mullins for the first goal in a 3-1 win: you'd get over £1,000 back from a fiver if that game in.

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 push the boundaries 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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