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PREVIEW Oxford United v Bristol Rovers

A full preview of Saturday's big game

9 February 2018

Oxford United welcome Bristol Rovers on Saturday in Sky Bet League 1.


Derek Fazackerley takes charge at home for the first time and has more options up front than he had at Charlton last weekend. The 3-2 win at the Valley was a triumph over adversity, with Wes Thomas injured in the warm up and Jon Obika limping off after half an hour. 

Thomas's withdrawal was precautionary and United's top scorer has been back in training this week and is expected to replace Obika in the starting eleven, with Obika likely to be in contention at home to Plymouth next Saturday. Agon Mehmeti and Gino van Kessel also come into Faz's thoughts, while youngster Malachi Napa was outstanding last week and could make his first league start.

Cameron Brannagan, Rob Hall and Ivo Pekalski are all making good progress  after long-term injuries but are not ready for a return quite yet.


Tickets are on sale online at 24/7 and from the ticket office in person and by phone (01865 337533).

With the away end sold out you need to be on the OUFC Ticket Database to buy tickets in the home areas. If you have bought tickets to support the U's, home or away, since 2001, including the two recent trips to Wembley then you should be on the database, but if you are in doubt then please buy in advance to avoid any problems on the day.

Our ticket office staff are happy to help: call 01865 337533


The award winning matchday programme features the thoughts of Niall McWilliams, Derek Fazackerley and Curtis Nelson plus a great interview with Todd Kane. We also go On the Road to Stamford Bridge and we have news and views from all areas of the club. Remember, you can always read the programme on your phone, tablet or laptop. Each issue is available at


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.


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.

Look out too for the Racehut Challenge at half time.



  • East Stand car park - this will open to supporters at the earlier time of 11.30am
  • 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.
  • A tweet will go out from @OUFCOfficial to update supporters when the car park is full to allow them to make alternative arrangements.
  • The Rapid Expansion Barrier will be in operation behind the North Stand meaning that fans cannot walk from one end of the ground to the other on that side of the ground. Elderly fans and those with mobility issues should talk to a supervising steward (orange coat).

Additional parking is available on Grenoble Road and in Sandford on Thames.


The club shop has a kit sale now on with home and goalkeeping tops reduced and great bargains in all sizes but be quick: once they are gone they are gone. Call in before or after the game or visit


The Family Room is open to young fans from all stands. There are games and activities for all ages plus visits from first team players. Join the fun in the corner of the East and North stands from 1.30pm.

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