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PREVIEW Oxford United v Wycombe Wanderers

Oxford United head for Wembley

13 July 2020

Oxford United and Wycombe Wanderers face each other at Wembley tonight with a place in the Sky bet Championship the prize for the winners.

United have no new injury worries and the whole squad tested negative for covid-19 in the final round of testing conducted on Saturday.

There will be checks on entry to the stadium but United should be at full strength with no new injuries or suspensions after their semi-final victory against Portsmouth.

“We learned things from the first play-off game and we learned a bit about how far we could push ourselves" Karl Robinson told iFollow. "We didn’t know what we would have in the tank and we were surprised how fit we felt. Those games were never going to be pretty, the more games you play the more you get into your rhythm so we had to find a way of playing in those two games which went back to what people know.

"People have asked a lot about the styles of the two teams. That’s irrelevant. We are both right because we are both in the final. I have a lot of respect for Wycombe. We beat them 2-1 at home last season and we turned the music off in our dressing room because we didn’t feel it was right to be doing that because we were both in a relegation fight at that time. Another team did that to us when we went bottom of the league but we have more respect for others and we felt it was correct. Whatever happens on the pitch you can conduct yourself with respect and humility and we know both teams will do that in the lead up to the game.

"It’s hard for all of us tonight. We are going to the greatest stadium in England- other than Anfield! We grew up watching football and all of our memories will be games at Wembley. It is still the pinnacle of our game. I have walked up Wembley way with my daughter and with my dad. Our next generation of fans should be experiencing that.

"I am so excited even though I am trying to appear calm. We have a very good referee and we know decisions will be consistently correct so stay calm on the touchline and stay calm on the pitch. And at the end the opposition deserve your respect. We have conducted ourselves properly all season and we will do that again tonight."

'We could be finishing this season off upsetting the record books and hopefully rewriting the history books,' Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth told the Daily Mail

'It would be the first time Wycombe are in any sort of level like this and it would be a proud moment for me to lead them there. It's a huge game, the biggest game in the club's league history without a shadow of a doubt. We want to make sure we take this opportunity and grasp it with both hands.
'Every time I've been to Wembley it involves Wycombe Wanderers and this is number three and I've lost the other two so I'm hoping it's third time lucky.'
The game is behind closed doors and we once again ask all fans to respect the current situation and watch the game from afar. 

The game is live on Sky Sports with a 7.30pm kick off. Because the game is being broadcast live it is not allowed to be shown live on iFollow - overseas followers need to check whether the game is being broadcast where they live, although we will have full commentary from BBC Oxford Sport

We will also have coverage on Twitter and Instagram with a report and Gallery right here on the final whistle and reaction in iFollow asap.

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