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PREVIEW: Oxford United v Plymouth

13 March 2015

We look ahead to Saturday's Sky Bet League 2 game as the U's face the Pilgrims

•    Hylton sits it out
•    'Stay strong' says Appleton
•    Tareiq and McCormick back to face the U's
•    Read all about it in the matchday magazine  

United are without the suspended Danny Hylton as they welcome Plymouth Argyle to the Kassam Stadium in Sky Bet League 2.

The U's' top scorer picked up his tenth yellow card of the season during the 1-0 win at Bury last weekend and misses out against the Pilgrims as well as Tuesday's home game against Hartlepool.

Boss Michael Appleton must decide between loan signing Armand Gnanduillet, Will Hoskins and James Roberts, who scored a great goal to win the game between the two sides at Home Park earlier in the season. One other option could be a return to the starting line-up for Callum O'Dowda after his winner at Gigg Lane last Saturday.

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

Plymouth boss John Sheridan welcomes Olly Lee back into the squad after a three-game suspension and the Birmingham loanee is expected to replace former U's midfielder Lee Cox, who has a stomach strain.

Seventeen-goal top scorer Reuben Reid, once a United trialist, will be fit after a foot injury, while the Green Army will be out on force with over 1,000 away fans expected.

"While we have got something to aim for I think it's good for the supporters," said Sheridan. "They have got a bit of belief and they have been right behind us all season. I know we will have a big support at Oxford."

"Hopefully we can carry on winning and give them something at the end of the season. That's the time to celebrate."

Tareiq Holmes-Dennis and Luke McCormick are both expected to play against their former club but striker Deane Smalley is out for the season after suffering cruciate ligament damage in December.

Tomorrow's game is our official Men United game, with Oxford United proud to support Prostate Cancer UK. There will be a collection before the game and plenty of opportunity to find out more about ways to help fight prostate cancer. One in eight men will be affected by it, so help us make a difference. Find out more HERE.

Tickets are always cheaper in advance: call 01865 337533 to book your seat or book your place at

The club shop currently has a half-price sale on home and away kits. Make sure you pay them a visit on Saturday.

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 is packed full with news views and interviews - catch up with George Baldock and Armand Gnanduillet and follow our adventures in Bury last weekend, plus we have the thoughts of Michael Appleton, Mark Ashton and Jake Wright.

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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