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PREVIEW Stevenage v Oxford United

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

29 September 2023

Second-placed Oxford United travel to third-placed Stevenage on Saturday for Sky Bet League 1's game of the day

United have been excellent on the road so far with wins at Derby, Barnsley and Fleetwood and look to continue their good form after a home win against Exeter last weekend put them hot on the heels of leaders Portsmouth.

United have Gatlin O'Donkor and James Henry in contention again after injury although they will be without suspended striker Mark Harris who serves the final game of his three match ban before returning to the squad on Tuesday at home to Shrewsbury Town.

Two clean sheets in a row have helped the U's climb the table and as keeper James Beadle told iFollow, the desire to defend properly runs right the way through the team.

"It starts at the top of the pitch" the on-loan Brighton keeper said. "From the forwards all the way through, the players in front of me work extremely hard and that is a massive help. Like any keeper, any defender really, you pride yourself on a clean sheet. We've done well this season defensively and that understanding is growing all the time.

"I played at Stevenage last year, on loan at Crewe, so I know the fans will be close to the pitch and it will be a tough game for us. But we know our fans will be there in numbers too and we're really looking forward to hearing them and doing our best to get a win for them again."

You can see Elliott Moore and the full Liam Manning interview in iFollow right now.

Steve Evans is loving life at the top of League 1 after guiding Stevenage to promotion last season.

"It’s wonderful, isn’t it?” he said as his side prepare to welcome the U's. “They are former League Cup winners, a former Division One side and they have just beaten second in the league Exeter City 3-0.

“They will bring a big support so the away end will be full. Come on, Stevenage fans! We need a response like we had for Portsmouth at home, and we should have won that game. For Charlton, we should have won the game too. The one thing that stuck in my head was the atmosphere both times in the stadium. We will have that again for Oxford on Saturday.

“This is a tough league. Every time we get a point, every time we get three, we do not forget the might of some of the clubs in this league."

United will be wearing their new yellow kit again. Order yours HERE

The game is SOLD OUT for away fans and those without tickets should not travel

We have been allocated 1,362 tickets in the South Stand with four wheelchair tickets.

Tickets can be collected at Stevenage on the day.

There is a scheduled train strike on Saturday so please plan your journey in advance.

Stevenage have a number of disabled parking spots which will need to be requested in advance by emailing

Departs from the Kassam Stadium 12:00

London Road Club Coaches will also depart the Kassam Stadium at 12pm

You can hear the game live in iFollow in the UK or see it all overseas. CLICK HERE to buy your match pass

Follow the game on @OUFCOfficial on X and we will have a full report and gallery right here on the final whistle.

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