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PREVIEW Oxford United v Accrington Stanley

A full guide to Tuesday night's home game

21 August 2018

Oxford United look to get off the mark when they welcome Accrington Stanley to the Kassam Stadium on Tuesday evening (7.45pm)

Team News

United will again be without Ricky Holmes, Simon Eastwood and Rob Hall  as they welcome Accrington. Holmes has been troubled by a back problem but should be avauilable against Burton on Saturday while Eastwood is unlikely to feature for around six weeks after a freak injury to his little finger, suffered in the warm up against Fleetwood in the first home game.

Hall underwent a scan on his knee late yesterday afternoon and the U's are hoping the results, due later today, aren't as bad as first feared.

James Henry and Jon Obika both caught the eye as subs at Portsmouth on Saturday and could be in line for a return to the starting XI while midfielder Jamie Hanson stands by for a home debut.

See Karl's thoughts on the game in iFollow

The Opposition

John Coleman saw his team draw with Charlton on Saturday but wasn't overly impressed

“I was pleased with the performance on Saturday but I don’t think you can ever be pleased with a draw at home, you want to win games,” he told the official Accrington website

“If we are going to be successful and try and mount a challenge for the play-offs, we have to win our home games and that means whoever comes here we should be beating.”

Coleman knows Oxford, managed by his friend Karl Robinson, will provide a big threat.

“That’s always the difficult games at the start of the season, teams who are scrapping for their first win, they are probably the most difficult opponents to overcome.But we have done our homework and will continue to show the players what we need to but we know it will be tough.

“We know though that when we get our game going, we can be a match for anyone. I know Karl well, after the game you have a chat and a laugh but you are serious when the game is on.

“He has had a good managerial career so far at such a young age and I am sure he will be turning them around soon.”

Tickets

You can save time and money by printing tickets at home after ordering online HERE. The ticket office is open to personal callers and phone calls on 01865 337533

Half time

The Polythene UK half-time draw offers huge cash prizes and reverts to its old style this season: one large cash prize. Tickets are available all around the ground.

Club Shop

The club shop has the brilliant new home and away kits available in all sizes and can now offer the official letters and numbers for this season. Call in before or after the game or visit oufcshop.co.uk.

Family Room

The Family Room is not open tonight

Coverage

iFollow is back with full commentary on the game, thanks to our friends at BBC Oxford. Home or Away- you can see the whole game live...

There will also be reaction from the key men after the game, and you can follow all the action on Twitter at @OUFCOfficial.


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