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PREVIEW Oxford United v Blackburn Rovers

A full guide to tonight's game in Sky Bet League 1

21 November 2017

It's sixth against seventh tonight as United welcome a Rovers side one place and two points above them. It's the first league meeting in 25 years and a win would lift the U's into the play-off places, but Tony Mowbray's side have conceded just four goals on the road this season and been beaten only twice in 14 matches...

TEAM NEWS

United boss Pep Clotet is unlikely to make too many changes to the side that beat Plymouth 4-0 away on Saturday but both Gino van Kessel and Agon Mehmeti are expected to be in full training this week and could be involved when the U's head to Southend on Saturday. Defenders Charlie Raglan and Sam Long are back on the training pitches after long term injuries, although Christian Ribeiro (knee) and Curtis Nelson (Achilles) and Rob Hall (knee) are unavailable.

Derek Fazackerley faces the club where he made over 600 appearances as a player while Simon Eastwood will be hoping to do well after spending three seasons as a Rovers player.

TICKET UPDATE

Tickets are on sale online at www.oufctickets.co.uk 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.

CLUB SHOP

The Club Shop has its Black Friday week on, with new deals and bargains every day. Call in before the game to take a look or visit oufcshop.co.uk. Please note that the shop will not be open after the game.

THE PROGRAMME

The award winning matchday programme features the thoughts of Darryl Eales, Pep Clotet and Curtis Nelson plus interviews with Jack Payne and guest of Honour Paul Wanless.

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 matchdayfix.com/oufc/

FOLLOW IT LIVE

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. 

 HALF TIME

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.

GETTING HERE

The new car parking rules are in place once again tonight:

  • East Stand car park - this will open to supporters at 6pm
  • 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.

FAMILY ROOM

Please note that the Family Room in the North Stand will NOT be open tonight but will be available again on December 9th when we welcome Doncaster Rovers


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