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PREVIEW Sunderland v Oxford United

A full guide to Saturday's Sky Bet League 1 game at the Stadium of Light

31 August 2018

Oxford United head for Sunderland tomorrow looking to quieten a huge home crowd and make it three wins in a row after beating Burton and Newport this week


Boss Karl Robinson is forced in to at least one change after Jamie Hanson's red card on Tuesday was upheld despite an appeal. The midfielder misses three games after his dismissal at Rodney Parade. 

Samir Carruthers, Simon Eastwood and Rob Hall are again ruled out with long term injuries while Tony McMahon, who missed Tuesday with a tight hamstring, is a doubt.

Hanson's absence may mean Josh Ruffels reverting to midfield and Luke Garbutt, excellent on Tuesday night, stepping in at left back, but Shandon Baptiste was also very good in the cup and could play in that slightly deeper role, with Marcus Browne, Ricky Holmes and Jamie Mackie all available again and pressing for a place in the starting XI.


Sunderland have a 100% record at home in the league so far after wins over Charlton and Scunthorpe and are expecting a crowd of over 30,000 on Saturday.

Manager Jack Ross will make a decision on striker Charlie Wyke and Tom Flanagan who are back in training after inury:

"We had Charlie and Tom back on the pitch with us" he said "“We will take another look at them tomorrow, but we have still got enough within our squad to be able to deal with the challenges on Saturday.”


Saturday 1st September | 3pm | Sky Bet League 1 | SR5 1SU

Tickets are on sale by phone (01865 337533) and in person from the ticket office until 3pm on Friday 31st August.

Oxford United fans will be housed in the North Stand Upper, Tier 3.

Tickets are available on the day, cash only, from turnstile 71 by the away entrance. Pre-paid collections will be available for collection after 2pm from the ticket office adjacent to the East Stand at the Stadium of Light.


Adults £20.00
Over 65 £17.50
Under 22 £12.50
Under 16 £7.50
Wheelchair/ambulant As age prices
Personal assistant FREE

London Road Club coaches

Depart Stadium: 7.15am
Kidlington Sainsbury’s: 7.30am

Adult member £34
Adult non-member £36
U18 member £32
U18 non-member £34

Call 01865 337533 or visit to book a place on the coaches. Please note that under 14s must be accompanied by an adult and no alcohol is allowed.


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 official report goes live with a full gallery right here on the final whistle.


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