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PREVIEW Oxford United v Blackpool

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

19 March 2021

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Oxford United look to make it back to back home wins this week when they welcome Blackpool to the Kassam Stadium on Saturday (3pm)

The U's were convincing winners on Tuesday night when three first half goals helped them to a 3-0 win over Doncaster Rovers which put them within touching distance of the play-offs.

TEAM NEWS
Sam Winnall returns to the squad after an ankle injury while the U's will wait on a covid test before deciding whether Anthony Forde can be included. Forde attended a family funeral and missed Tuesday night's game but procedures were agreed beforehand with the medical authorities and EFL and have been adhered to so provided he tests negative then he should be available.

There were no new injuries on Tuesday night while Sam Long and James Henry make good progress and are on target for a return for the Easter weekend fixtures.

Luke McNally has completed his 'mini pre-season' and is training with the squad but may need a game for the Under 21s before he is involved. Joe Grayson, a sub on Tuesday, will be hoping to feature against a club where dad Simon played and was twice Manager.

See Karl and Rob Atkinson previewing the game in iFollow now.

THE OPPOSITION
Neil Critchley’s Blackpool are eight games unbeaten and five points shy of the play-off places with four games in hand on sixth-placed Charlton Athletic.

Former U’s left-back Luke Garbutt is hoping they can close that gap with a fourth successive away win on Saturday, with that away form coinciding with a run of draws at home

“There’s a bit of frustration in the camp, especially with the draws at home recently. We wanted to be getting maximum points from those games and I think in a lot of them that’s what we deserved. It’s just that little bit of extra drive and determination to put the ball in the net which will help us to move up the table and achieve things this season.”

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COVERAGE
The game is live in iFollow as usual and Match Passes are available HERE

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.

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