PREVIEW Oxford United v MK Dons

Oxford United are back in EFL Trophy action this evening when they take on MK Dons at the Kassam Stadium (7pm)

With both sides having won their opening group game a win would all but guarantee progress to the knock-out stages.

United have Greg Leigh and Mark Harris available after suspension. Leigh has missed his one game while Harris can play in the Trophy but must still miss two more league games.

With Gatlin O'Donkor still a couple of weeks away from a return United may give a full debut to Leeds loanee Sonny Perkins while Max Woltman, Josh Murphy and Oisin Smyth were among the players to do well after coming into the side in the previous game at Northampton.

Josh McEachran is fit to return against his former club after missing the win at Fleetwood as a precaution but goalkeeper Ed McGinty misses out after fracturing his hand in training. James Beadle is likely to cover on the bench with Simon Eastwood returning to the team.

Youngster George Franklin, another to do well in the last game, damaged his ACL in that match and will be out for several months but there may well be another chance for United's other youngsters to step up and impress

See a full interview with Chris Hogg and Oisin Smyth talking about the game in iFollow now.

Former U’s midfielder Jack Payne could make a first start for the Dons along with experienced forward Ellis Harrison.

Graham Alexander’s side were beaten by Stockport County at the weekend and assistant head coach Chris Lucketti said changes will be made:

"We had a very good performance against Chelsea with a changed and young side, and that's what we'll be aiming for again.

"We went to watch the game between Oxford and Northampton earlier this month, Oxford looked very strong and we expect them to be like that again. We have to prove we'll be a difficult opponent too. It's a perfect opportunity against good opponents, in a good setting - it's all there for the lads to go and take that opportunity.

"It's a great chance for teams in the lower divisions to get to Wembley. It's the perfect competition."

Tickets have been reduced for this game to just £12 for adults, £7 for over 65s and 18-24 year-olds, £5 for under 18s and just £2 for under 7s.

These are available from or by calling 01865 337533 as well as from the Ticket Office on the night.

Group F Table

  P W D L F A Pts
MK Dons 1 1 0 0 4 1 3
Oxford United 1 1 0 0 3 1 3
Northampton Town 1 0 0 1 1 3 0
Chelsea U21 1 0 0 1 1 4 0

Oxford United Group F Fixtures

Northampton Town a Tuesday 5th September  W 3-1
MK Dons H Tuesday 19th September 7pm
Chelsea U21s H Tuesday 7th November 7pm*

*Please note that if Oxford United are requested to play in the FA Cup 1st round on Sunday 5th November for broadcast purposes the clubs have agreed that this fixture can be moved to Wednesday 8th November, kick-off 7pm.

There is no extra time but if the game ends in a draw after 90 minutes both teams get one point but penalty kicks will be taken. The winning team get a bonus point.

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 open so pedestrians can move from one end of the ground to the other behind that stand.
You can download a full guide to visiting the Kassam Stadium here: AwayFanGuide 23 24.pdf
Please park in the West Car Park - the one closest to the cinema and bowling complex at the fence end of the ground.
You can download a full guide to visiting the Kassam Stadium here: DisabledGuide 23 24.pdf
The Club Shop has stock of all three new kits plus a huge range of leisure and training wear. Make sure you call in before the game, or take a look online HERE
The Football Special bus services will not be operating this evening but the OX3 will have extra capacity when we welcome leaders Exeter to the Kassam Stadium on Saturday.

Supporters will have noticed that essential repairs are being carried out at the A34 Botley Interchange overnight on many evenings over the next six weeks. National Highways have agreed that closures and work will not commence until 11pm tonight to minimise disruption to fans.


The game is available to watch in the UK and worldwide in iFollow with full commentary from our friends at BBC Oxford Sport

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.