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PREVIEW: Grimsby Town v Oxford United

7 November 2014

A full guide to Saturday's FA Cup tie at Blundell Park

  • Oxford look for FA Cup progress
  • Hylton and Long miss out
  • Pittman looking for an upset against former club
  • Full ticket and travel news
  • Hear the whole game LIVE in Yellow Player  


Full Match Pack
We look ahead to Saturday as United head for Grimsby Town in the FA Cup.  

TEAM NEWS
United are without the suspended Danny Hylton who picked up his fifth booking of the season in the game against Wycombe last Saturday. Loanees Tareiq Dennis-Holmes, Joe Riley and Tyrone Barnett are all available but keeper George Long does not have permission to play and so Max Crocombe steps back into the squad.

With Alex Jakubiak's loan having ended young striker James Roberts could make a first start in place of Hylton while Callum O'Dowda impressed in the Wycombe game and could earn a recall.

See a full interview with Michael Appleton plus the Preview Show featuring video interviews with Michael Collins and Matt Bevans and a Youth team Special in Teammates – all in Yellow Player right now. 

THE OPPOSITION
"It's a cup game and they're crazy – everyone chucks everything at it for 90 minutes and anything can happen" that's the verdict of former U's striker Jon-Paul Pittman who is now at opponents Grimsby. "You can't look too much at league places and form, you've just got to approach it for what it is which is a cup game with the potential to be a bit helter-skelter!" Pittman added.

Pittman has recently returned to the Mariners' squad after injury but has had to be patient while they have won their last five games to rise to second in the table "I've been doing everything I can to try and get in the gaffer's thoughts for tomorrow" he said, "but he's a good manager, he knows what he's doing so I've left him to it and kept my fingers-crossed."

Grimsby have an injury doubt over skipper Craig Disley while midfielder Harry Pell is ineligible under the terms of his loan from AFC Wimbledon

TICKETS
FA Cup First-Round, Saturday 8th November, kick-off 3.00pm. Blundell Park, Cleethorpes DN35 7PY

Match tickets are on sale now from the Oxford United ticket office and at oufctickets.co.uk until 3pm on Friday and cheaper in advance.

                                   ADVANCE     ON THE DAY

Adult                          £16.00            £18.00
65 & Over                  £10.00            £12.00
15-18 Year Old           £10.00            £12.00
Unemployed              £10.00             N/A
*14 & under               £6.00              £6.00
**14 & under (accompanied with a paying adult) £1.00

* Not available on-line
**Only available to purchase at the Oxford United ticket office in advance or on the day at the Grimsby Town ticket office

Wheelchair supporters £16.00 in advance £18 on the day (includes free carer). Please note, depending on final numbers, wheelchair supporters may be allocated space in the Main Stand to take advantage of full disabled facilities.

Ambulant disabled supporters on medium to high level DLA; £16.00 in advance £18 on the day (includes free carer)

LONDON ROAD CLUB COACHES:

Departure Times: Stadium 8.45am

Fares:
Adult member £20.00
Adult non-member £22.00
Junior member* £18.00
Junior non-member* £20.00

Call 01865 337533 to book on the coach

BETTING
  Sky Bet has some fantastic odds this weekend. United are 9/5 to win the game or 9/1 to win 2-1. Oxford to win 3-0 is on offer at 33/1, or a 2-0 Oxford win is on offer at 14/1. You can get 7/2 on United to win by one goal or 4/1 to win to nil.

The prize draw for the Sky Bet Transfer Fund will be made in December, and all United fans need to remember to do is to link their account with the club before betting, to be in with a chance of winning both cash prizes of £5,000 and £250,000 for the club.

Click HERE for the full list of odds on the weekend’s game.

OFFICIAL WEBSITE
www.oufc.co.uk is the perfect place to follow all the action.  
The official website will have:  
•    Full team news  
•    Stats, text commentary and team line ups throughout the match  
•    Read a full match report the second the final whistle is blown  
•    See a full photo gallery of all the key moments during the match  
•    See highlights and video interviews with the manager and key players only in Yellows player  
•    SMS message subscribers will get all the action straight to their mobiles  

Or follow the club's official twitter feed @OUFClive for all the minute-by-minute action.  


Michael Appleton looks forward to the game
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