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PREVIEW Oxford United v Northampton Town

A full guide as the U's take on the Cobblers

10 November 2017

Oxford United welcome Northampton Town to Grenoble Road on Saturday in Sky Bet League 1 action (3pm kick off).

THE GAME

United have stuttered in the cups following their first defeat in six league games at Fleetwood. An FA Cup exit at Port Vale was followed by progress in the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday night despite a 4-3 defeat at the hands of MK Dons in a very entertaining encounter.

United now take on a fast-improving Northampton under Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink. The former Chelsea and Leeds striker has seen his side go five games unbeaten to tee up what should be a fascinating game against the U's.

There is a healthy rivalry between the two sides who were promoted together in 2016, although the Cobblers have had the better of meetings since then - United have yet to beat them in League 1...

TEAM NEWS

United boss Pep Clotet must decide whether to bring left-back Ricardinho back into the squad after a calf strain. The Brazilian has been back in training this week but Pep has said it will be a late decision on whether he returns to action or is given another week to recover.

Gino van Kessel is a week away from a return with fellow striker Agon Mehmeti likely to return to training next week but Mike Williamson is a doubt after picking up a knee injury at Port Vale in the FA Cup.

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 lots of coats and jackets for winter, including a great range of parkas. 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 on Saturday.

THE PROGRAMME

The award winning matchday programme features the thoughts of Darryl Eales, Pep Clotet and Curtis Nelson plus interviews with James Henry and ex U's defender Simon King.

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.

SUGAR SMART

We’re all having too much sugar and it’s bad for our health.

If we consumed less sugar, we’d have better teeth, healthier weight, better concentration and a lower risk of Type 2 diabetes. Did you know, a 330ml can of soft drink can contain more than a whole day’s recommended intake of sugar for an adult, and much more for a child? A 500ml bottle of soft drink can be 2-3 times that amount!

Oxford United have teamed up with Sugar Smart to try and highlight this problem and the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. Tomorrow's game will see leaflets, posters and a dance troupe at half time to add to the matchday fun.


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