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Cheltenham Preview

11 March 2014

We look forward to Oxford United's game tonight against Cheltenham Town

United welcome Cheltenham Town to the Kassam Stadium tonight (7.45pm) in Sky Bet League 2. Here we present a full guide to the game.

Team News
United will make changes after the defeat against Burton on Saturday. Dave Kitson is ruled out with a hamstring problem with David Connolly likely to replace him in the starting XI up front.

Sean Rigg, Alfie Potter, Josh Ruffels and Michael Raynes are all pushing for recalls while Andy Whing and Jon Meades are back in full training and could return to the bench.

See Mickey Lewis previewing the game in Yellow Player right now where we also have a great Preview Show featuring Ryan Clarke and Manor star Simon Marsh.

The Opposition 
Cheltenham picked up a point with a 0-0 draw against Portsmouth at the weekend and manager Mark Yates expects a tough game against the U's tonight:

"Portsmouth and Oxford are two big clubs but you are where you are and you must deal with it," he said. "Oxford are having a good season and perhaps haven't had the results they would have wanted of late but they are in a good position and it'll be a tough game. 

"Oxford lost a good manager (Chris Wilder), I'll give them that but the players are the same and Mickey Lewis and Andy Melville have gone in there and have done a really good job. It's just a really tight league and we have to go there and worry about ourselves. If we put in the same performance we did against Portsmouth and if we can finish some of the chances we are creating then even better. We looked solid, organised and hard working which is what you have got to be for any League Two game.

"I've seen Oxford a couple of times recently and they are a good side. They normally have four forwards on the pitch and they do have very good players. They are in the middle of a decent season but we must apply ourselves like we did on Saturday with the same work rate, commitment and effort. There were some good signs on Saturday and ones that we can build upon."

Last time We Met

Tickets are still available at advance prices 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.

Guest of Honour
Former Oxford and Cheltenham striker Ken Skeen is our special guest this evening. Read a great interview with him in the matchday magazine then ask questions in the 12th Man Bar from 6.30pm.

Be well read...
Dave Kitson features on the cover of tonight's Matchday Magazine and inside you will find a fascinating interview.

There's also a full-length exclusive interview with Alfie Potter and tomorrow's guest of honour, Ken Skeen. With Fantastic Mr Ox debating the merits of whether or not tonight's game can be classified as a 'derby' and Chris Williams giving us a behind-the-scenes look at Wembley Stadium you can see that this edition is another great read.

You can buy the matchday magazine for just £3 from sellers around the ground (along with a copy of the Oxford Mail, while stocks last) or download it from our website from two hours before kick-off (earlier if you're a subscriber). Don't miss out!

Wear your Yellow Army colours
The Yellow Army have produced an array of badges, scarves, car stickers and key rings that will again be on sale across the stadium.

All profits will go towards helping the Oxford United Youth and Community Trust and supporting to improve the match-day atmosphere. 

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.

As this week also sees the Cheltenham Festival it seems the ideal time to remind fans that every account opened and every bet placed HERE  also benefits the U's who receive a percentage of your stake. Win or lose you help the U's- it costs you nothing and you help the club.

United are 6/4 to win tonight while there are great offers including:

Correct Score
Oxford 1-0   6/1
Oxford 2-0   10/1
Oxford 2-1   17/2
Oxford 3-0  25/1
Oxford 3-1  22/1

You can also have a bet on total goals, half time scores, time of the goals and much much more. 

or how about these ideas:

David Connolly to score first in a 2-0 win 40/1
James Constable to score first in a 3/1 win 85/1
Johnny Mullins to score first in a 4-1 win 600/1

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
Log on to Player and also keep an eye on Yellow Wall throughout Saturday's game. Log on and see extras and interact with the game, all in Yellow Wall

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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