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PREVIEW Oxford United v Cheltenham Town

2 January 2015

Match Previews

PREVIEW Oxford United v Cheltenham Town

2 January 2015

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

•    United look to build on Plymouth win
•    Riley available
•    Robins bring in new faces
•    Read all about it in the matchday magazine

United look to build on an excellent win at Plymouth as they kick off 2015 with a home game against Cheltenham Town. The U's should have Joe Riley available again after a tight hamstring which will give Michael Appleton one or two interesting decisions to make. Chey Dunkley did well on his full debut at Home Park but Johnny Mullins is available again after an ankle injury, having made a cameo appearance at right-back last time out.

James Roberts, with four goals in four starts, is likely to lead the line once more but Callum O'Dowda could come into contention after impressing as a sub last time out.

See Michael Appleton and Chey Dunkley give their thoughts ahead of the game in Yellow Player.

Robins boss Paul Buckle strengthened his squad yesterday by bringing in England under-20 international defender Lloyd Jones, 21-year-old midfielder Kevin Stewart and 20-year-old forward Jack Dunn from Liverpool, while allowing Jason Taylor to join Northampton.

"This is big for us" Buckle said. "The fact this was done on Wednesday and they were willing to jump in the car and come straight to Cheltenham speaks volumes for Liverpool, speaks volumes for what they do with their younger players and the players themselves. I'm really excited and I think our squad will be excited to see players come in from Liverpool."

All three new faces could be in the starting line up but former United midfielder Asa Hall misses out after undergoing surgery on a long-term achilles problem. Skipper Matt Taylor is also out with a hamstring tear.

Join us for the first home game of the new year. Tickets are always cheaper in advance: call 01865 337533 to book your seat or book your place at

Fans in the Family Area can join us in Olly's Den once again. This brand new area 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.

The Football Special buses are running as usual and offer cheap and easy transport to all league games. Click HERE for timetables and routes. Please note that the timetables are now back to normal following the roadworks on the ring road.

Our award-winning match programme is packed with new year goodies once again. We have a big interview with midfielder Michael Collins, plus the thoughts of  Jon Meades and Sam Long. We also took time to speak to the Beast, as guest of honour Mark Creighton told us about his memories of playing for the U's and how his career has changed since then.

Chief Exec Mark Ashton contributes his thoughts, as do head coach Michael Appleton and captain Jake Wright. There is the usual eclectic mix of stats, action, editorial and history, while our half-time quiz will keep you occupied for the duration of the interval.

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 from 1pm on the day of the match (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!

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.

If you can’t be with us on Boxing Day, 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 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 @oufclive on Twitter for regular updates and all the action on Saturday.


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