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PREVIEW Southend United v Oxford United

5 September 2014

A full guide to Saturday's big match

  • Jakubiak, Collins and Mullins return but Rose a doubt
  • Southend boss looks for defensive improvement
  • Ticket and travel details
  • Hylton favourite for first goal
  • Hear the whole game LIVE in Yellow Player


Full Match Pack
We look ahead to Saturday afternoon as United head to Southend United in Sky Bet League 2.

TEAM NEWS
On-loan striker Alex Jakubiak comes back into the squad for United’s trip to Roots Hall on Saturday. Jakubiak scored on his full debut against Dagenham & Redbridge last weekend and stands by for selection again after missing the trip to Cheltenham Town to play for the Scotland under-19 side. Jon Meades is unavailable due to beginning a three match suspension following his red card at Cheltenham, while Danny Rose is also doubtful after a short appearance as a substitute in the same match ended with him tweaking his hamstring.

However, Michael Collins and Johnny Mullins are set to return to the squad after not being involved in midweek.

It’s a game that head coach Michael Appleton is looking forward to:

“Southend have been building a good side for a couple of years now and in Phil Brown have a really good manager, so I expect them to be near the top again this season. We haven’t had the results yet, everyone can see that, but we know they will come. It’s a case of staying strong, keep doing the right things and the results will come our way. We will certainly go to Southend looking to win the game.”

See the full interview plus a great Preview Show featuring Michael Collins, Ryan Clarke and Mark Ashton, all in Yellow Player right now.

THE OPPOSITION
Southend have managed to pick up only one point in their last three games after a run of two straight defeats followed by a draw. Last time out in League action the Shrimpers suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Plymouth Argyle.

Manager Phil Brown said:

“We need to work on the mentality of the players first and foremost ahead of Saturday’s game against Oxford United. We haven’t won games for a reason and that’s down to the mentality. We’re conceding goals that we weren’t conceding last season. We’ll be working on the mentality of a clean sheet which we did have last season. If we get that clean sheet, things will take care of themselves at the other end.”

AWAY TICKETS
Oxford United fans have been allocated unreserved, covered seating in the North Away stand behind the goal. Advance-price tickets are now on general sale until 3:00pm today (Friday 5th September). Prices are as follows:

                               ADVANCE           ON THE DAY

Adult                           £19.00               £21.00
Over 60                       £13.00               £15.00
*Student                     £12.00               £14.00
17-20 Year Old           £12.00               £14.00
9-16 Year Old             £9.00                 £10.00
Under 8                       £4.00                 £5.00

Ambulant disabled supporters £12.00 (includes free carer).
Wheelchair supporters £12.00 (includes free carer). Please call 08444770077 to book your tickets.

The match kicks off at 3pm. The postcode for Sat Nav is SS2 6NQ

LONDON ROAD CLUB COACHES:

Departure time:
Stadium 11.00am

Fares:
Adult member          £15.00
Adult non-member     £17.00
Junior member     £13.00
Junior non-member     £15.00

MATCH DAY COVERAGE
If you aren’t making the trip at the weekend, then log onto Yellow Player where there will be live, full match commentary, plus video interviews with all the key men and match highlights for you all to see. There will also be a full match report on the website at the final whistle. Yellow Player is the ONLY place you can hear the match live on the internet so don’t miss out! You can also follow the match on Twitter: @OUFClive.

BETTING
Southend are red-hot 4/5 favourites with Football League sponsor Sky Bet with Oxford (18/5). Southend to win 1-0 is the most popular correct score at 9/2, while 1-1 is 5/1 and a 2-0 away win can be backed at 22/1. Danny Hylton at 6/1 is favourite for the first United goal.
Click here to check out the latest odds as United head for Roots Hall.

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 official twitter feed @OUFClive for all the minute-by-minute action.


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