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PREVIEW Bristol Rovers v Oxford United

A full guide to tonight's Emirates FA Cup Replay

16 November 2021

Oxford United head for Bristol Rovers tonight in an Emirates FA Cup First Round replay (7pm)

United boss Karl Robinson is likely to make changes, as he did for the first game where the sides drew at the Kassam Stadium.

Gavin Whyte is away with Northern Ireland where he started in their game against Italy last night while Sam Winnall and Alex Gorrin are unavailable through injury. Young midfielder Ben Davis is making good progress after an ankle injury while striker Slavi Spasov is due to return to the training pitches this week after an ankle injury that has ruled him out since pre-season.

With nine subs allowed on the bench in this competition one or two of United's Under 18s may step up, although they are also in FA Cup action this week when they travel to Reading City on Friday night in the FA Youth Cup.

See Karl Robinson and Billy Bodin previewing the game in iFollow right now.

"It will be a really good cup tie," Rovers boss Joey Barton said. "Robbo and I are good mates and I’m looking forward to it. It’s a good distraction. They are a really good possession-based side, so you have to accept there are times you won’t have the ball because of the rotations and the quality of players they’ve got. You have to have different strategies to face them.

"Speaking to our lads after the game at their place, our lads preferred it. They said it was a lot more like a League One game because we had the ball and we could play a bit and they had the ball and try to play a bit, rather than it’s getting banged at you and you’re going to have a scrap for it and the randomness of a League Two fixture.

"League Two, it has its idiosyncrasies, its challenges, and one of those is the structure breaks down a little bit because there is a lot of direct play. Oxford being a passing team means they keep a bit more structure, and that suits us because we, ultimately, want to get the ball down and play."

Tickets are available on the night, cash/card from the Away booth  by the Away turnstiles, where collections can also be made.

We have covered seating behind the goal and uncovered terrace to the side.

The winners will be at home to Sutton United on the weekend of 4th December.

Prices are reduced for this game as below:

• Adults - £15.00
• Under 21 and 65 and over - £7.00
• Under 16 - £1.00

• Adults - £10.00
• Under 21 and 65 and over - £5.00
• Under 16 - £1.00

The London Road Club are running coaches, departing the Kassam Stadium at 4.15pm prompt

The prices are:
Adult member £17
Adult non-member £19
Under-18 member £15
Under-18 non-member £17

Places are available from or 01865 337533

Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult and no alcohol is permitted on the coaches.

You can hear the whole game live in iFollow in the UK thanks to our friends at BBC Oxford Sport, with highlights to follow. Overseas fans can see the whole game live.

We have coverage on Twitter, Instagram and a report and Gallery right here on the final whistle.

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