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PREVIEW Oxford United v Doncaster Rovers

A full guide to Saturday's game at Grenoble Road

8 December 2017

Match Previews

PREVIEW Oxford United v Doncaster Rovers

A full guide to Saturday's game at Grenoble Road

8 December 2017

Oxford United welcome Doncaster Rovers in Sky Bet League 1 on Saturday.


United welcome Xemi Fernandez back into the squad after he missed the midweek win at Gillingham through suspension. Xemi did well on his full league debut when the U's drew at Southend in their last league game and Pep Clotet must decide whether to stick with his compatriot or Ryan Ledson in the middle of the park. Ledson would make his 50th start if selected.

Wes Thomas also returns after being rested in midweek, the United top scorer likely to replace Jon Obika up front, while Gino van Kessel also returns after injury and is likely to be on the bench. Joe Rothwell is making good progress after a hamstring problem but is unlikely to be risked on Saturday, with James Henry also a doubt with a knee problem. 

Agon Mehmeti will step up to full training next week when Ivo Pekalski is due to return to light training after a knee problem that has kept him out so far this season. Sam Long and Charlie Raglan are also making good progress after long term injuries.


The covers were on the pitch overnight on Thursday and will stay on tonight ahead of the game. Temperatures are not expected to drop too low over night and no problems are foreseen with the game.


Tickets are on sale online at and from the ticket office in person and by phone (01865 337533). They are also on sale for this match from the club shop in the centre of Oxford. The shop is part of the Market Barbers in the Covered Market; easily accessible from the High Street entrance. It is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm and Saturdays, 10am to 4pm.


The Club Shop is fully stocked for Christmas. Call in before the game to take a look or visit


The award winning matchday programme features the thoughts of Darryl Eales, Pep Clotet and Curtis Nelson plus interviews with news skipper John Mousinho and Guest of Honour David Hunt.

We have news and views from all areas of the club and remember, you can always read the programme on your phone, tablet or laptop. Each issue is available at


iFollow has the whole game live- hear it if you are in the UK, see it if abroad. You can sign up game by game or for the whole season, and we have full 90 minute reruns of every game.

@OUFCOfficial will be tweeting throughout the game and the match centre on this site gives you full stats and text commentary throughout the match. 


The JT's Golden Ticket half time draw offers a first prize of up to £750. Second prize is a £100 voucher for the Oxford United club shop, while third prize is a VIP package at JT’s Cocktail Bar.

The draw will take place at half-time and prizes can be collected from the matchday reception immediately after the game or by calling 01865 337528

Look out too for the Racehut Challenge at half time.


The new car parking rules are in place once again on Saturday:

  • East Stand car park - this will open to supporters at midday
  • A car park steward will count vehicles in and the car park will be closed when it is full.
  • Another car park steward will direct drivers to a bay to ensure spaces are filled up systematically; drivers are no longer allowed to park outside of the marked bays.
  • There will be no access to the East car park from the rear of the North stand.
  • A tweet will go out from @OUFCOfficial to update supporters when the car park is full to allow them to make alternative arrangements.

Away supporters are advised to park in the west and overflow car parks as the rapid expansion crowd management system will be in operation which means there is no transfer from one end of the ground to the other behind the North Stand.

Additional parking is available on Grenoble Road and in Sandford-on Thames.


The Family Room is open to young fans from all stands. There are games and activities for all ages plus visits from first team players. JOin the fun in the corner of the East and North stands.

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