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PREVIEW Oxford United v West Ham United

A full guide to tonight's big Carabao Cup game at the Kassam Stadium

25 September 2019

Oxford United welcome West Ham United tonight in the Carabao Cup.

Team News
United boss Karl Robinson told iFollow yesterday that there will be changes despite the 6-0 win at Lincoln on Saturday and that could open the door for the likes of Shandon Baptiste, George Thorne, Mark Sykes, Elliott Moore, Dan Agyei, Sam Long, Rob Hall and Matty Taylor who scored his first goal of the season after coming on as a sub at Sincil Bank

Malachi Napa, once a youngster at West Ham, is making good progress and is off his crutches now after breaking his leg a month ago while Jamie Hanson is also doing well after a hamstring tear.

See Karl previewing the game in iFollow right now. 

The Opposition
Manuel Pellegrini’s side are unbeaten in seven games and a win against Manchester United at the weekend made it an excellent start to the season for the Hammers. The Hammers are also likely to make changes with goalkeeper Roberto set to replace Lukasz Fabianski and the likes of Pablo Zabaleta, Fabian Balbuena, Robert Snodgrass and Jack Wilshere all in contention for a start.

Tickets
There is still time to book your place online at oufctickets.co.uk and print your tickets at home to save time on the night; our ticket staff are available to talk you through the best seats available on 01865 337533.

Tickets are available until 1pm on the day to those on the OUFC database before August 13th. No tickets will be sold after 1pm
 
Please note that this season you can download your ticket to your mobile for use on the day - no need to even print it. 

The turnstiles will open at 6.30pm

FAMILY
As usual there will be Supporter Liaison Officers and Stewards all around the ground to help you with any questions.

The Family Room is open for this game with player visits and we have a full Family Guide to games available here: OUFCFamily.pdf
 
SENSORY ROOM
We are proud to have a bespoke Sensory Room for fans under 23 who maybe need to take a little time out on a matchday with our fully trained helpers. Just ask a steward if you would like to use it or email Supporter Liaison Officer Kath Faulkner  for more details: kfaulkner@oufc.co.uk
 
GETTING TO THE GAME

With such a big crowd expected Park and Ride buses are available for the game.

The shuttle buses will run from Unipart on Garsington Road. The first bus departs at 5.45pm and then every 12 minutes until 7.33pm.

Return tickets are only £2 (£1 for Under 16s) but must be booked in advance from the ticket office or online CLICK HERE

These are now available to print at home, or you can download them to your phone to use on the night, but please note that the last time they will be available is 7.15pm.

Public transport
We strongly recommend that supporters use public transport wherever possible

There are a number of bus routes that drop off in close proximity to the stadium.

Oxford Bus Company

Service 3A and 5

Stagecoach

1, 3, 3A, 12, 16 and 16A

The 1 and 5 routes operate every four minutes from the rail station and city centre to Spindlebury Close and Knights Road, which is just a five minute walk away.

The OX3 Football Special from Caterton, Brize Norton, Winey and Eynsham will operate as normal as will the OX7 from Kidlington, Summertown, Marston and Headington.

The new OX2 is however not licensed for evening games and will NOT operate.

Parking
While there are circa 2,000 free parking spaces at the stadium, these will undoubtedly be full before kick-off and will take time to clear at the end of the game so we are advising supporters to make alternative arrangements and plan your journey wherever possible

We have been advised that parking enforcement officers will be working in the areas around the stadium – if driving please park legally to avoid getting a parking ticket and fine.

Please remember there is a resident only parking scheme (controlled parking zones) around the vicinity of the stadium which is in force on match days. These are in parts of Minchery Farm and Blackbird Leys West along with Frys Hill and Brake Hill in Greater Leys.

Bear in mind football fans will add additional vehicles onto busy roads during the normal evening rush hour around the ring road.

There will be no movement in Car Park A, in front of the South Stand, from the 85th minute for 15 minutes after the game

Away fans-  Please park in the West car park - the one closest to the cinema and bowling complex at the fence end of the ground.
 
NORTH STAND MOVEMENT
The Rapid Expansion System (RES Gate) will  be in operation behind the North Stand after the game which means fans cannot move from one end of the ground to the other behind that stand.
 
Any supporter with mobility impairment who requires assistance during the fixture is advised to locate an OUFC Supervisor (indicated by either a yellow / orange or orange coat)
 
SMOKING
Although there is no readmission if you leave the ground during the game Smoking Pens are provided in the North Away, East Stand and executive areas for half time.
 
AWAY GUIDE
If you are a West Ham fan travelling to the game then a full Supporters Guide is available here: OUFCAwayDayInfo.pdf
 
CLUB SHOP
The Club Shop is open and the new home and away kits are available.
 
COVERAGE
You can follow the whole game on twitter through @OUFCOfficial, or here in our Match Centre, and hear the game in iFollow if you are in the UK or see it if you are abroad.

The game would go straight to penalties in the event of the scores being level after 90 minutes.

 

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