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PREVIEW Oxford United v Gillingham

A full guide to Saturday's Sky Bet League 1 game at the Kassam Stadium

16 April 2021

Oxford United welcome Gillingham to the Kassam Stadium on Saturday (5.30pm)

The U's look to build on 10 goals in their last two games with just one conceded as both clubs look to close the gap on the play-off places.

TEAM NEWS
United are likely to be without Brandon Barker who felt his hamstring tighten up during Tuesday night's 4-1 win over Shrewsbury and was taken off as a precaution. The U's are waiting on the results of a scan but the on-loan Rangers man should feature again this season even if he is ruled out on Saturday.

Elliot Lee is set to play against brother Olly for the first time while defender Sam Long marked his 100th start for the U's with a goal on Tuesday.

Rob Hall and Alex Gorrin are back in training leaving only Marcus McGuane and John Mousinho unavailable.

See Karl, Elliot Lee and Matty Taylor previewing the game in iFollow now.

THE OPPOSITION
Gillingham are three points behind the U's and manager Steve Evans gave his squad, including former United men Alex MacDonald, Jordan Graham and Robbie Cundy, a little extra time off this week

“We made the decision many weeks ago for the boys to have a couple of days off, to freshen up, they have come back in remarkable shape" he said. "Training has been of a real high quality, there is a real freshness about the group, the skipper walked into training saying he feels so good. They are fresh, ready and eager to play.”

“Currently Oxford are fantastic,” he added. “Any team that goes to Crewe and scores six. It could have been more. I watched them score four against Shrewsbury and we couldn’t score against them.“They are an excellent squad and they have many many gifted individuals. We don’t hide from the fact that we will have to be at our best to compete with a really good Oxford side, especially one who are in the form they are now.

“We are very capable of going to Oxford and making it a contest but at the same time if we are not, we will get a Crewe or a Shrewsbury, because they are very gifted.”

MATCH SPONSORS
Our Match Sponsors are WKH Development Services Ltd, a local house building company in the Oxfordshire area who produce high end properties ready to buy on the market.

For more information on WKH Development Services ltd and the work they do in the local area call 07894 075756 or email wkhltd@btinternet.com

If you are interested in showcasing your business through our Match Sponsor package or other digital opportunities, please contact our Commercial Team by emailing commercial@oufc.co.uk for more information.

COVERAGE
Season Ticket holders can watch the game on iFollow as usual and Match Passes are available HERE to see the full game with live commentary from our friends at BBC Oxford Sport

We have all the build up on twitter and on our official Insta page, complete with behind the scenes exclusive content, plus a full report and Gallery right here on the final whistle and reaction from all the key men in iFollow.

Join us on the official YouTube channel for 'Matchday Live', available to help you get in to matchday mode from 4.45pm.

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