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PREVIEW Oxford United v Cheltenham Town

U's kick off 2022 at home to the Robins

31 December 2021

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Oxford United kick off the new year with a home game against Cheltenham Town in Sky Bet League 1 at the Kassam Stadium on New Year's Day (3pm)

The U's were superb at home throughout 2021 and Wednesday night's win over AFC Wimbledon moved them up to fifth in the table.

Herbie Kane will remain with the club until the end of the season and boss Karl Robinson is unlikely to break up the midfield trio of Kane, Cameron Brannagan and Mark Sykes, who scored his seventh goal of the season on Wednesday.

With a settled defence in front of Simon Eastwood keeping another clean sheet the fit again Jack Stevens will remain on the bench but as Karl Robinson told iFollow yesterday there is serious competition from that bench:

"Jack came back on Wednesday but the hardest choice was at right back. Anthony Forde has been superb and never ever lets us down but Sam Long had a terrific game and that is because of Fordy: they push each other for that place and we have that everywhere. Luke McNally did nothing wrong and pushes Elliott Moore and Jordan Thorniley, and we have competition in every position.

"Obviously we know where we need to strengthen as well and there will be new faces this window, but it is already a very strong group."

James Henry is missing with a calf injury while Dan Agyei was ruled out for covid reasons on Wednesday.

See Karl, Ryan Williams, Elliott Moore and Herbie Kane previewing the game in iFollow.

Cheltenham postponed their trip to MK Dons on Wednesday due to a number of players being absent through covid or injury but the situation looks to have improved and there are several former United players in the Cheltenham ranks.

Charlie Raglan, Liam Sercombe, Dan Crowley and Kyle Vassell will all be hoping to impress against their former club and help the Robins continue an impressive first season at this level after promotion last season.

The Ticket Office is now closed for NYE but tickets will be available on the day and are available online 24/7 from where you can print at home or download to your phone.
If you are attending then please read the Fan Protocols above.
There are around 2,000 free parking spaces at the stadium but we ask everyone to arrive early and park legally. 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.
Click here for a full away fan guide: 2021 away guide.pdf
Issue 2 of the OX, our new magazine for this season, is available in the Club Shop tomorrow, priced £5 and featuring news, interviews and views as well as some wonderful features. Pick up a copy.
The Football Special bus services, including the Didcot/Abingdon service, are running as normal and offer easy and affordable transport to home games. CLICK HERE for a full guide to public transport to the game.
Click here for a full guide to bringing your family to the Kassam Stadium: 2021 family guide.pdf
Please join us in a moment's applause before kick off as we remember the Oxford United fans, staff and players who have sadly passed away during 2021.
You can hear the whole game in iFollow in the UK and see it overseas, with interviews with all the key men after the game.
You can also follow the whole game on twitter through @OUFCOfficial or on our Instagram page and we will have a full match report and Gallery right here on the final whistle.

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