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PREVIEW: Oxford United v Luton Town

6 February 2015

A full guide as the U's take on the Hatters at the Kassam Stadium

•    Skarz, Brindley, MacDonald and Ashdown hoping for home debuts 
•    Midfield dilemma for the U's 
•    Hall and Oduwa hopeful for Hatters
•    Read all about it in the matchday magazine  

TEAM NEWS
Joe Skarz, Richard Brindley, Alex MacDonald and Jamie Ashdown are all included in the home squad for the first time as United welcome Luton Town in Sky Bet League 2 (3pm).

Skarz and Brindley were both impressive as United won at Stevenage last weekend, while MacDonald and Ashdown will be hoping to be involved after joining the U's earlier in the week. Ashdown is likely to start on the bench in place of Max Crocombe, with Ryan Clarke having kept a clean sheet in the last game, while MacDonald's arrival gives Head Coach Michael Appleton some interesting questions to answer further forward.

MacDonald can play on either flank but Callum O'Dowda has been in excellent form and Danny Hylton is the top scorer from the other wing. If MacDonald plays 'in the hole' behind Patrick Hoban then it means a change of shape from the three-man midfield that did so well at Stevenage. The midfield three that day, Danny Rose, Andy Whing and Michael Collins, added experience after the youthful promise of Josh Ruffels and Josh Ashby the previous week against Exeter, and Appleton seems to have plenty of options all over the park. 

Will Hoskins is the one player missing but he is expected to play in a development game next week after a successful operation on his groin.

See Micky Lewis talking about the game in Yellow Player, where we also have a great Preview Show featuring Callum O'Dowda and '70s legend Derek Clarke.

THE OPPOSITION
Luton Town boss John Still brought in former Southend winger Ryan Hall and Spurs striker Nathan Oduwa on Deadline Day and the pair go straight into the squad.

Defender Luke Wilkinson has trained all week and is fit to partner Stephen McNulty at centre-half after a hamstring problem, while Luke Guttridge, Alex Lawless and Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu have also trained fully this week.

Experienced striker Paul Benson remains sidelined with a broken leg.

TICKETS
Tickets are always cheaper in advance: call 01865 337533 to book your seat or book your place at www.oufctickets.co.uk

OLLY'S DEN
Fans in the Family Area can join us in Olly's Den once again (weather permitting). This brand new area, now astroturfed, features table tennis, shooting tests, player visits and giant games and is free to enter. Meet Olly and Olivia the Ox and enjoy the build up to kick-off in Olly's Den.  

GETTING HERE
The Football Special buses are running as usual and offer cheap and easy transport to all league games. Click HERE for timetables and routes.  

MINUTE'S APPLAUSE
Fans are asked to join us in a minute's applause before kick-off to mark the passing of former Secretary Jim Hunt who died this week aged 91. Jim was with the club for 20 years and our thoughts are with his family. 

MATCHDAY MAGAZINE
Our award-winning match magazine is packed full with news views and interviews - Patrick Hoban, Alex MacDonald, Richard Brindley and Jamie Ashdown all feature while Joe Skarz talks us through his 'first, last, always'. Darryl Eales, Michael Appleton and Jake Wright give us their thoughts while we go 'On the Road' to Stevenage...

You can buy the matchday magazine for just £3 (with a copy of the day's Oxford Mail while stocks last) from sellers around the ground before the game, or download a copy from www.matchdayfix.com/oufc from 1pm on the day of the match (9am for subscribers).  

FIFTY/50
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!  

ALL THE ODDS
If you fancy a flutter on Saturday’s game then SKY BET is the place to visit.  

Every bet you place benefits the U's and with great odds on every game why go anywhere else?  

For the full range of odds available on the match click HERE.  

COVERAGE
If you can’t be with us 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, plus extended highlights.  

THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE
www.oufc.co.uk is the perfect place to follow all the action. The official website will have:  

-    An exciting 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 @OUFCOfficial on Twitter for regular updates and all the action on Saturday.  

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