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PREVIEW: Oxford United v Wycombe Wanderers

31 October 2014

A full guide to Saturday's big game at the Kassam Stadium

•    Yellow Army Day
•    League top scorer Danny Hylton favourite for first goal.
•    Fans urged to bring as much noise and colour as they can.
•    Crowd set to be biggest home gate of the season.
•    Read all about it in the match day magazine.

United have virtually a fully fit squad to choose from ready for Yellow Army Day and the visit of Wycombe Wanderers.

Midfielder Andy Whing has settled back into the team in the last few games, and is calling on United to show the same form that earned them back to back wins against Tranmere and Northampton last week:

“It’s a big game, obviously it’s a local derby and with Wycombe bringing a lot of fans it will be an enjoyable game for both sides. If we can show a reaction after Carlisle last weekend and take the two performances against Tranmere and Northampton then I’m sure we can do well and get the three points”.

United are looking to build on a good run of form at home that has seen them go five games unbeaten. We are calling on the fans to come and get behind them for Yellow Army Day as United first team coach Derek Fazackerley told Yellow Player:

“I am sure our fans will play a huge part. They have given us great support all season and they travel away in amazing numbers. It is those people you want to put on a performance for and reward them with good results”.

Will Hoskins continues to make good progress from a groin injury, although he is still some weeks from a return while Ty Marsh has joined him and Matt Bevans in the treatment room this week. Ty suffered a knee injury playing for Welling and is likely to be out of action until the new year.

See Jake Wright, goalkeeper Ryan Clarke and Coach Derek Fazackerley give their thoughts ahead of the game in the Yellow Player Preview Show

Wycombe have made a promising start to the current campaign and sit in second place in the table. The Chairboys come into the game on the back of a 1-1 draw with Dagenham and Redbridge last time out.

Former Queens Park Rangers forward Hogan Ephraim, is set to be included for Wycombe after signing a deal until the end of the season. Manager Gareth Ainsworth said on his new signing: “Hogan is the type of player who can win a game with one moment of magic and I’m really excited to bring him here. The fact that we’ve signed a player of Hogan’s quality shows that players are looking at Wycombe in a different light now”.

After last weekend’s draw with Dagenham, manager Ainsworth said that the first half was a lesson for his side that they must take their chances throughout the rest of the season:
“We didn’t deserve to be 1-0 down. We absolutely dominated the first half with plenty of chances and it’s a lesson to put it away when you’re dominating like that. After Tuesday’s nights defeat it was important not to have two losses in a row and we managed to stop that today”.

Be loud and proud and get behind the U’s for Yellow Army day.  We are asking fans to wear their colours and make as much noise as possible for what should be the biggest crowd so far this season.

There will be flags, a brand new playlist of songs as chosen by fans and we want supporters to add colour behind the goal by decorating the fence with United flags.

For older fans we have Rodney Smithson as our Guest of Honour in the Manor Bar before the game and for younger fans we have Olly’s Den.

This will be in the Family Area and there will be face painting, giant games,s occer skills activities and challenges as well as player appearances.

Tickets are cheaper if booked in advance. Call 01865 337533 to book now at advanced prices, or visit

With ongoing roadworks around the Headington, Heyford Hill and Kennington Roundabouts, fans are advised to leave little extra time for their journey to the stadium. BBC Radio Oxford 95.2 FM will have regular travel updates throughout the morning.
The Football Special Buses are running again and offer cheap and easy transport to all league games. Click HERE for timetables and routes

Click HERE for full timetables for the buses.

The  Matchday Magazine is a mine of information once again. As well as all the usual features such as Jake Wright and Michael Appleton having their say, our big interview this week is with the on fire Alfie Potter, and we have also caught up with youngster James Roberts. Guest of honour Rodney Smithson answers your questions and there is also all the regular stats, special features and all the weekly columnists plus an in depth look at the opposition club.

All this, and much more, costs just £3 (with a copy of the Oxford Mail while stocks last) from sellers around the ground or 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 new home and away kits are both available in the club in all sizes, as well as a wide range of Avec 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 £250,000 for the club to spend, as well as an individual cash prize of £5,000!

League top scorer Danny Hylton is unsurprisingly short odds at 5/1 to score first, but further down the list is Johnny Mullins at an eye catching 40/1!

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.

The Official Website is the perfect place to follow all the action. The official website will have:

-    An exciting new 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.


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