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PREVIEW Oxford United v Bristol Rovers

A full guide to Saturday's League 1 game at Grenoble Road

28 December 2018

Oxford United welcome Bristol Rovers in Sky Bet League 1 and we have a full guide to help you enjoy the game.

A reminder that this game has been brought forward to a 1pm kick off and is ALL TICKET for home and away fans with none available on the day.

With no tickets available on the day we urge fans to book today either online at or by calling 01865 337533. Please note that there is no transfer between stands for this game. 

Team News
Boss Karl Robinson will give his players a chance to recover after a tough game against Southend on Boxing Day in which Marcus Browne and Jamie Hanson both took knocks. The pair are expected to be OK to resume while Shandon Baptiste and Samir Carruthers are making good progress after injury and will be available soon.

Ricky Holmes is not expected to be available after his back injury, while Rob Hall and Jon Obika remain on the long-term injured list.

The Opposition
Caretaker boss Graham Coughlan is now the odds on favourite to take the job permanently after two wins from his three games in charge, with former U's midfielder Chris Hargreaves providing support.

“If anybody wants this job they will have to fight me for it" he told the Bristol Post "but who knows I may not be here in the morning. I just don’t know what is going to happen. But if I keep winning I give myself a little chance.

“If I don’t stick around I’ll obviously be unemployed and no man wants to be unemployed, so I am going to try and work my damnedest to try and turn the heads of the powers that be in my favour. It is hell of a club and it is a hell of an opportunity, but I’m a fighter and a battler and that is what I will bring to the table.”

Getting Here

For a full guide to transport options, parking and buses CLICK HERE
The Football Special Buses are running as usual on Saturday: just move your usual departure time two hours earlier.

On The Day
The gate behind the North Stand WILL be in operation, meaning no transfer from one end of the ground to the other behind that stand. All car parks are open: we will tweet if/when the east car park is full. 

Away Fans
If you are a Rovers fan travelling to the game then a full Supporters Guide is available here: OUFCAwayDayInfo.pdf 

Oxford United pride ourselves on providing a great atmosphere for families to enjoy. We have a full Family Guide to games available here: OUFC Family Guide

Family Room
The Family Room is open for this game and features activities and games for young fans plus a chance to meet players before kick-off. It is free to join the fun and you can find it in the corner of the South  and East Stands from 11.30am onwards

iFollow is available with the full game LIVE to hear in the UK and Ireland and to see if you are overseas.There will be reaction from the key men after the game, and you can follow all the action on Twitter at @OUFCOfficial and on this site with our OUFC Live coverage. 

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