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MATCH PREVIEW Oxford United v Bolton Wanderers

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

11 February 2022

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Oxford United welcome Bolton Wanderers to the Kassam Stadium on Saturday (3pm)

The U's could have their third crowd in a row of over 10,000 for the first time since 1987 and will be looking to recreate the drama of last week's win over Portsmouth.

On-loan Cardiff defender Ciaron Brown is fit again after rolling an ankle at Accrington while Luke McNally is expected to be available again after missing Tuesday's game.

Boss Karl Robinson must decide whether to revert to a three-man defence that started against Pompey or stick with the more usual four. Sam Long may hold the key and the U's will assess his fitness after a calf injury.

James Henry is maybe two weeks away from a return but Jamie Hanson and Alex Gorrin are ruled out through longer term injuries.

See Karl, Jack Stevens and Ciaron Brown previewing the game in iFollow.

Bolton are in excellent form and boss Ian Evatt is hoping his side can kick on in the final third of the season and challenge for a play-off place

“We want to hunt down the teams above us and we are aware that there is quite a gap to those teams,” he said. “So for this type of game we have to make sure we gain points on the teams ahead of us, and that predominantly means beating them. We have got most of them yet to play. Portsmouth, Sheffield Wednesday, Plymouth at home. We have got our eye on what is to come.

“But for now, we know full well that Oxford is a very, very tough game. They have got a good home record and they score loads of goals, so we have to be full tilt and ready to go.”

With a crowd of over 10,000 expected we advise fans to book as early as possible. Tickets are available in advance from or by calling 01865 337533 and from the Ticket Office on matchday.
There are around 2,000 free parking spaces at the stadium but we ask everyone to arrive early and park legally.
There will be no access from one end of the ground to the other behind the Planet IT North Stand with a barrier in place. Please park at the correct end of the ground where possible.
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.

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.

Please note that the OX2 timetable has changed and buses leave ten minutes earlier that they were doing earlier in the season:OUFC - Special Service - February 2022 - Timetable.pdf
Click here for a full guide to bringing your family to the Kassam Stadium: 2021 family guide.pdf
With another big crowd expected it will also mean a big prize for the Polythene UK half time draw. The prize was over £1,000 for the Sheffield Wednesday game so make sure you buy your ticket, available all around the ground.
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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