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PREVIEW Oxford United v Derby County

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

29 December 2023

Match Previews

PREVIEW Oxford United v Derby County

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

29 December 2023

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Oxford United welcome Derby County to the Kassam Stadium this evening in Sky Bet League 1 (7.45pm)

There were under 500 tickets left overnight so fans are advised to book as early as possible to avoid missing out. As always, with a big crowd please allow a little extra time for your journey and arrive early to avoid the queues

Tickets can be bought online HERE
United have a lengthy injury list with Josh Murphy the latest doubt. The winger felt his calf tighten in the game at Northampton and wasn't risked against Cambridge on Boxing Day. Like striker Billy Bodin the problem is not thought to be long-term but does mean that United have a full outfield team unavailable through injury: Sam Long, Stephan Negru, James Golding, Greg Leigh, George Franklin, Josh Johnson, Josh Murphy, Marcus Browne, Kyle Edwards and Billy Bodin.

United's strength in depth was underlined with Tyler Goodrham stepping in to replace Murphy and score the opening goal against Boxing Day

"That was a big win" Tyler told iFollow. "We were gutted like the fans to lose the way we did in the last minute at Northampton but to be on the other side of that against Cambridge was an amazing feeling. We started too slowly on Boxing Day, we know that, so we have to try and play 90 minutes against Derby the way we did in the second half against Cambridge.

"We are more than capable of doing that and we have been good at home. It's great playing in front of the big crowds and hopefully they get right behind us and we can make it two good home wins in a row."

A 1-0 win at Wigan Athletic on Boxing Day made it seven wins and one draw in their last eight league outings for Paul Warne's side

"We'll watch Oxford's games through and see how we can stop them, first and foremost because they are a good team, and work out how we think we can beat them too" Warne told Derby's official site. "I said to the lads before the Wigan game: 'we haven't turned up for a point, we've come for a win' and that's the same mentality we will have against Oxford."

Midfielder Korey Smith and strikers Martyn Waghorn and Conor Washington are out through injury.

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 closed so pedestrians cannot move from one end of the ground to the other behind that stand.

The Club Shop has stock of all three new kits plus lots of other nice ideas to help you spend your Christmas gift money. Make sure you call in before the game, or take a look online HERE
The Football Special bus services, including the Didcot/Abingdon service, offer easy and affordable transport to home games and are part of the government's £2 for a ticket scheme. They will be running as normal for this game.

Our Polythene UK Fifty/50 tickets are available all around the ground and offer a great chance to win cash at half time. Please note that tickets are available in the programme booths within the concourses.


The game is available to watch wherever you are in iFollow. CLICK HERE for a Match Pass

You can also follow the whole game on Twitter through @OUFCOfficial and we will have a full match report and Gallery right here on the final whistle.

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