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PREVIEW Oxford United v Portsmouth

A full guide to Saturday's Sky Bet League 1 game

4 February 2022

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

​Another bumper crowd is expected as the U's look to turn a good week into a great one with a win to follow a record 7-2 win at Gillingham last Saturday and a 1-1 draw at Wigan on Tuesday.

New faces Ciaron Brown, Oisin Smyth and Sam Baldock could all feature with Baldock signing today as a free agent after spending the first half of the season at Derby County

Marcus Browne will be given a couple of weeks to get fully up to speed after his arrival from Middlesbrough but Gavin Whyte could return to the squad after illness.

James Henry, Jamie Hanson and Alex Gorrin are all ruled out through injury.

See Karl, and all the new faces previewing the game in iFollow.

Boss Danny Cowley signed Hayden Carter, Tyler Walker, Ollie Webber, Denver Hume and Aiden O’Brien during the window and has been at a few of United's games recently in preparation for Saturday

 “Oxford are a very good team, particularly in possession" he said. "I watched them against AFC Wimbledon recently and they were outstanding. They played through their opponents and got around them, while they get numbers in the box and carry a real offensive threat.

“I also saw Oxford more recently against Gillingham and they had total control, while they were awarded four penalties – I don’t think I’ve ever seen that before.

“Against Wigan on Tuesday, they had to show the other side of their game and really dug in. It was a feisty affair and I anticipate a tough test at the weekend.”

With a crowd of over 10,000 expected we advise fans to book as early as possible. Tickets are available from or by calling 01865 337533.
Government covid protocols at football matches have changed since the last home game- please click through from the link above to find out the latest guidelines
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.
There will be no access from one end of the ground to the other behind the North Stand after 2pm
Click here for a full away fan guide: 2021 away guide.pdf
The Club Shop is open and has a great offer available - 20% off home kits. You can now pick up Mini and Junior home shirts for just £25, whilst all Adult sizes are now available for £35. That offer is also available online by clicking 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.

Please note that the OX2 timetable has changed and buses will 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 last 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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