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PREVIEW Blackpool v Oxford United

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

11 December 2020

Oxford United head for Blackpool in Sky Bet League 1 on Saturday

TEAM NEWS
United made changes for the Papa John's Trophy win over Forest Green in midweek but are likely to revert to largely the same side that drew with leaders Hull in the previous game.

Marcus McGuane is the one doubt with a hamstring strain. He will be assessed in training today but is expected to make the trip north.

Young midfielder Leon Chambers-Parillon has joined Havant and Waterlooville on loan while 16-year-old forward Gatlin O'Donkor returns to the under 18 side as they travel to Swindon Town on Saturday morning.

See Karl Robinson previewing the game in iFollow right now where also have an exclusive pre-match chat with Rob Atkinson in the Preview Show

THE OPPOSITION
Blackpool Head Coach Neil Critchley is not taking too much notice of United’s current league position

“You’ve only got to look at their results against Hull, who are top of the league, at Portsmouth away, Ipswich – they’ve drawn all those games” he said. “They’re all clubs that are going well in our division, playing well, teams you’d expect to be at the top end of the table come the end of the season.

“They’ve competed with all of them, they could have easily won those games as well. I’d say they’re very close to picking up wins and they’ve got a lot of players in that squad from last season that got to the play-off final.

“They are better than where their league position suggests, and at some point, that will turn round. I’m just hoping it doesn’t start on Saturday. They’ve got quality players. We’ve seen the games, they’ve been more than a match for top sides.

“They’re very close to picking up some positive results and we’ll give them respect. You respect all the teams in this division. They’ve got good players and they’re better than where their league position suggests they’re going to be. That will pick up at some point.

“We’re focused, we won’t be complacent and we’ll be ready on Saturday.”

 
SEE IT ALL
You can see the whole game LIVE in iFollow where our friends at BBC Oxford Sport will add their commentary to a full live stream of the match.
 
It costs £10 to watch and is available HERE

The match can be viewed on Desktop, the new App, or on Mobile Web but there is no option to register or buy on the  app. The transaction must take place on the web and then the credentials can be used to login via the App.

COVERAGE
We have coverage on the official Twitter and Instagram pages with a report and Gallery right here on the official website and Facebook on the final whistle with video reaction plus highlights to follow on iFollow and You Tube.

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