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PREVIEW Oxford United v Manchester City

A full guide to tonight's big game

25 September 2018

Oxford United welcome Manchester City to Grenoble Road tonight in the Carabao Cup. It's a sell out and should be a fantastic night of football. Here's all you need to know about the game

Team News

The U's welcome back Cameron Brannagan after he was rested for the game against Walsall on Saturday following a clash of heads at Wycombe in the previous game. The former Liverpool youngster challenges Jamie Hanson, Josh Ruffels and Shandon Baptiste for a place in midfield but Manager Karl Robinson has hinted that there could be a few changes to the side as he looks to give players the experience of playing against the Champions in front of a full house.

Jamie Mackie (hip) Marcus Browne (knee), Rob Hall (knee) and Samie Carruthers are again missing although Carruthers is making good progress and should be back in a couple of weeks. Keeper Simon Eastwood is also on track for a return around that time after a finger injury.

See Karl Robinson and Cameron Brannagan previewing the game in iFollow ahead of the match.

The Opposition

Champions City are in ominous form with eight goals for and none against in their last two games and Manager Pep Guardiola is expected to recall defender VIncent Kompany as well as teenage midfielder Phil Foden. Brahim Diaz and Oleks Zinchenko will also be hoping to feature.


The game SOLD OUT weeks ago and no tickets are available on the day of the match. With a capacity crowd there are a number of ways you can help make the most of your evening; click on the GETTING HERE icon below for full traffic, parking and transport information

Away Fans

If you are a City fan travelling to the game then a full Supporters Guide is available here: OUFCAwayDayInfo.pdf Don't forget that there is a special away version of the matchday programme tonight with additional information for visiting supporters.

Club Shop

The Club Shop has taken stock of all sizes of the brilliant new home shirt and we want a  'Sea of Yellow'  to welcome the teams. Why not call in before the game to grab a yellow shirt.

Guest of Honour

We are delighted to welcome back David Oldfield as our Guest of Honour tonight. David played up front and in midfield for both the U's and City and will be meeting guests behind the scenes as well as being introduced to the crowd at half time.

Polythene UK 50/Fifty Draw

There should be a huge prize in tonight's half time draw where half the money raised goes to one lucky winner. Tickets cost just £1 and our sellers are all around the ground.


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

Join us in the Family Room - open to all junior supporters from 6.30 onwards and hosting a whole range of activities as well as visits from Olly the Ox and the players. It's free to all junior fans and located in the east corner of the North Stand


iFollow is back with full commentary on the game, thanks to our friends at BBC Oxford, but please note that due to the broadcast rights it is NOT showing the game on video for overseas fans. There is a TV crew broadcasting internationally, but not in the UK - see your local TV guide to check if the game is live where you 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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