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MATCH PREVIEW Oxford United v Sunderland

A full guide to Saturday's game at the Kassam Stadium

8 April 2022

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Oxford United welcome Sunderland to the Kassam Stadium on Saturday in Sky Bet League 1.

With a sell-out crowd there is sure to be a great atmosphere as two teams chasing the play-offs go head to head.

TEAM NEWS
United welcome back Elliott Moore and Cameron Brannagan as they look to bounce back after two defeats on the road this week.

Moore returns after an ankle injury while Brannagan is available again after being ruled out of the games at Plymouth and Morecambe after a collision in training last week.

Marcus Browne, Sam Baldock, Alex Gorrin and Jamie Hanson are all making good progress after injury but will not feature this weekend.

See Karl and Sam Long previewing the game in iFollow.

THE OPPOSITION
Sunderland Boss Alex Neil brings his seventh-placed Black Cats to the Kassam Stadium one place and one point ahead of the U’s, who he expects to be on the front foot on Saturday

"I wouldn't say they will have nothing to lose, but I'd certainly say they'll throw caution to the wind," he said. "I think they'll go for it. Karl's teams are naturally attacking anyway, they aren't really set up to be defensive, they will try to score goals and they are one of the most threatening teams in the league, so it will make for an entertaining game.

"They are well-coached, they have some good players, they have fluctuated with their shape recently in terms of going with a back three and a back four, so we'll be equipped and set up to cope with that. If this was the second or third game of the season, and you were looking ahead to the rest of the season, you go into this feeling a bit more cagey, trying to get something from the game but also making sure we are nice and solid.

"But we are at the stage of the season now - and it's the same for every team - where points are at a premium, so there will be many more teams going for the game and trying to get the three points right from the off and make it quite open."

"But I don't think Oxford will just let us play. I've watched them and without the ball they probably don't get the credit they deserve.


TICKETS

The game is sold out and no tickets will be available on the day.
 
PARKING AND ACCESS
There are around 2,000 free parking spaces at the stadium but we ask everyone to arrive early and park legally.

The gate behind the Planet IT North Stand WILL be in place so fans cannot move from one end of the ground to the other behind that stand

COLLECTION
There will be a bucket collection before the game for our friends at Helen & Douglas House. You can donate at all of the turnstiles and we'd love your help in raising funds as they celebrate 40 years of helping families all across Oxfordshire.

VISITING FANS
Click here for a full away fan guide: 2021 away guide.pdf
 
Please park in the West car park - the one closest to the cinema and bowling complex at the fence end of the ground.

GETTING HERE
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.

FAMILY
Click here for a full guide to bringing your family to the Kassam Stadium: 2021 family guide.pdf
 
20% Off EVERYTHING
The Club Shop has 20% off everything, available to match ticket holders or Season Ticket Holders tomorrow.

Purchase your scarves, hats and Yellows merchandise to get the Kassam Stadium rocking and show your support.

Once they’re gone, they’re gone so head into store early to get your hands on the best deals before anyone else.

Although the offer is not available online, why not have a browse of what could be available on the hangers before arriving by clicking here. (www.oufcshop.co.uk)

 
FIFTY/50
With another big crowd it will also mean a big prize for the Polythene UK half time draw, make sure you buy your ticket, available all around the ground.
 
COVERAGE
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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