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Hartlepool Preview

21 March 2014

We look forward to tonight's game as Oxford United welcome Hartlepool United in Sky Bet League 2

United welcome Hartlepool United 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 be without the suspended Tom Newey and Michael Raynes as well as Johnny Mullins who is ruled out with a foot injury.

Matt Bevans, David Lynn and Sam Long are in in contention while Andy Whing could make his first appearance since returning from injury. Dave Kitson remains a doubt after a hamstring problem while David Connolly, James Constable and Sean Rigg are all pushing for recalls up front.

See Mickey Lewis previewing the game in Yellow Player right now where we also have a great Preview Show featuring James Constable, Max Crocombe and a budgie impression.

The Opposition 
Hartlepool are mounting a late charge for the play-offs and are currently in 10th place. Manager Colin Cooper will be without Andy Monkhouse who picked up a hamstring strain in the win over Bristol Rovers.

“We are going to have to be at our very best to get anything, Oxford are a good side,” Cooper said “It’s not always about winning gloriously, it’s about doing the right things.

“We have players who can create chances and score. If we keep Oxford United to nil then at least we come home with something.And if we do keep them to nil, I’m pretty sure we can come back with 1-0 or a 2-0 or whatever.

“When you go away from home, you have to be solid.If we stay nice and compact we know that at some point we’ll get one, two or three chances, then it depends if we can take them.But we have to be strong and disciplined – if Oxford come out and blow us away then we have nowhere to go.

“If we can take every punch Oxford throw at us and then counter, there’s every chance of giving them a good game.”

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
Come along and meet Special guest Billy Turley. The United goalkeeping star will be with us in the 12th Man Bar at around 6.30pm to meet fans. Read a great interview with him in the Matchday Magazine then ask Elvis yourself...

Be well read...
David Hunt features on the cover of tonight's Matchday Magazine and inside you will find a fascinating interview with him along with a great chat with Max Crocombe

There are prizes and competitions, news from all areas of the club and all your usual favourites.

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!

Youth team at Home
With a free Saturday why not pop along to Roman Way at 11 o'clock on Saturday morning to watch the youth team in action? Chris Allen's team take on AFC Bournemouth, one of the sides hot on their heels in the league. Admission is free so pop along and support the young U's

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.

The U's are 7/5 to win and you can place your bet now by clicking HERE safe in the knowledge that every bet you place helps the U's.

There are also 53 other markets you can bet on, 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:

Oxford to win 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1 at 9/4
Oxford to win and both teams score at 4/1
Oxford to win to nil 3/1

This Site is the perfect place to follow all the action. The official website will have:
- Full coverage with our Match Live console
- 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 tonight'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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