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PREVIEW: Oxford United v Exeter City

23 January 2015

We look ahead to Saturday's big match at the Kassam Stadium

•    Campbell and Hoban ready if needed
•    Long and Meades compete for right-back slot
•    Fitness tests for Ribeiro and Morrison for Grecians
•    Read all about it in the matchday magazine 

Patrick Hoban and John Campbell compete for the striker role as Will Hoskins is rated doubtful following a reaction to his groin injury. Hoban made his United debut last weekend, coming on at half-time against Southend, while Campbell has made two substitute appearances, scoring on his debut at Plymouth. James Roberts, who went off at Dagenham after feeling his hamstring, is back to full training but probably won't be risked this Saturday.

Sam Long, who was replaced by Jon Meades in Saturday's game after suffering from cramp, is fit again and he and Meades will challenge for the right-back spot.

See Michael Appleton talking about the game in Yellow Player, where we also have a great Preview Show featuring Long and Johnny Mullins.

Exeter boss Paul Tisdale has to wait on the fitness of Christian Ribeiro and Clinton Morrison. Right-back Ribeiro suffered a hamstring injury in training ahead of City's 3-2 win at Mansfield last Saturday and didn't feature, while Morrison came off after half an hour, also with a hamstring injury. Meanwhile, 36-year-old defender Jamie McAllister could make his Exeter debut after signing from Indian Super League side Kerala Blasters.

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 (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. 

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

Our award-winning match magazine celebrates Burns night with a Wes Burns interview, while Hoban and Matt Bevans are also featured and there's a chat with our Guest of Honour, former United striker Derek Clarke.

CEO Mark Ashton gives his thoughts, as do head coach Michael Appleton and captain Jake Wright. There is the usual eclectic mix of stats, action, editorial and history, and you can win a download of the Charlatans' new album, 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 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 @OUFCOfficial on Twitter for regular updates and all the action on Saturday. 


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