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PREVIEW Blackpool v Oxford United

A full guide to Saturday's Sky Bet League 1 game at Bloomfield Road

16 August 2019

Oxford United travel to Blackpool on Saturday looking to build on a promising first week...

TEAM NEWS
United are off to a solid start in Sky Bet League 1 after a draw at Sunderland on the opening day and a win against Peterborough at home last Saturday. On Tuesday night there were changes to the side as they beat Peterborough by the same scoreline in the Carabao Cup and boss Karl Robinson faces some difficult decisions before naming his side.

Elliott Moore and Anthony Forde made debuts in midweek and Sam Long, Mark Sykes, Jamie Hanson and Rob Hall all returned to the side but John Mousinho, Alex Gorrin, Tariqe Fosu, Chris Cadden, James Henry, Jamie Mackie and Ben Woodburn all played in the opening two games and will be hoping to return to the starting eleven.

Shandon Baptiste in back in full training but unlikely to feature this weekend but Dan Agyei has worked hard and could be in line for a first place on the bench after Malachi Napa's unfortunate injury in midweek. The young striker's operation went well and he asked us to pass on his thanks to all of the fans who have sent messages.

See Karl Robinson previewing the game in iFollow right now, plus Simon Eastwood, Ben Woodburn and Kevin Berkoe in the Preview Show...

THE OPPOSITION
Blackpool boss Simon Grayson expects a tough test from the U's on Saturday.

“You can’t take any side for granted," he said.“Karl knows this division and he’s got a group of players that have started the season brightly and have picked up some positive results.We will do what we normally do and that’s focus on their weaknesses and try and use our strengths to go and win the football match.

“If we can try and create an atmosphere like we had for the first game of the season and play as well as we have done then we won’t be too far away.They will be attack-minded, because Karl has had his teams like that over the years. They’ve got some experienced players with Jamie Mackie up front and James Henry in the wide positions and John Mousinho I know from my Preston days.

“They’ve got a mixture of good footballers and grafters as well.In terms of where they are in the division and what they do, I’d suppose you’d have to say it is the toughest test so far."

TICKETS
This game is NOT all ticket but fans are strongly advised to book in advance to save time on the day

Prices are as follows:

Adult £19
65 and over £17
17-21 £17
12-16 £9*
5-11 £4*
Under 5 FREE*

* Under 14 accompanied by Adult or Senior

PLEASE NOTE UNDER 2’s ARE NOT PERMITTED INTO THE STADIUM.

Wheelchair and Ambulant pay age related price as above and should be medium to high rate DLA or PIP, Personal Assistant goes FREE.

London Road Travel club: 
Departs Stadium                     8:45 am
Departs Kidlington                   9:00 am

Adult Member                     £25  
Adult Non Member              £27
Under 18 Member               £23
Under 18 Non Member        £25

Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult and no alchohol is permitted on the coaches. Call 01865 337533 to book.

FOLLOW IT LIVE
You can hear the whole game live in the UK and see it abroad in iFollow - sign up now for a brand new season. OUFCOfficial will be tweeting throughout the game, you can follow it in Match Live right here on the website and the official report goes live with a full gallery here on the final whistle.  

THE PLAYLIST
Want to get in the mood for the game? Then search for Oxford United Official on Spotify where we bring you a new playlist for every away journey, plus the dressing room playlist. The Playlistis available right now and is always flexible: let us know on Twitter if you have any more to add to help get the Yellow Army in the mood as we head north on Saturday.

 


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