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22 April 2019

Marcus Braddock looks ahead to the visit of Oxford United

Easter Monday brings us the second instalment of the holiday weekend with a home game against Oxford United. The U's have had a pretty decent run of form recently with a six game unbeaten run capped off with a win at promotion hopefuls Charlton on Friday afternoon. So expect a tough game against a very able team that's lost just once in their last ten games.

Top Scorers (league only)
James Henry 10
Marcus Browne 5
Jamie Mackie 6

Assists
James Henry 5
Cameron Brannigan 5
Luke Garbutt 5

Clean Sheets
Six at home and seven away from home.

Oxford away stats
On average Oxford have earned 0.9 points per away game, winning 14% and drawing 52%.  They've scored 0.95 goals and conceded 1.5 per game on their travels.

Their goals seem to increase as the game goes on with only one goal scored all season in the first fifteen minutes rising to 5 goals in the last fifteen minutes. For some reason there is a spike of nine goals conceded between the 15th and 30th minute and they've also conceded six goals in the final fifteen minutes and the fifteen minuted preceding.

Referee

Christopher Sarginson from Staffs. Games this season: 42. Yellow cards: 125. Red cards: 7.
Assistants: Danny Gratton and Matthew Bristow.
Fourth Official: Nik Barnar

Squad News

David Edwards and goalkeeper Steve Arnold remain on the sidelines.

United will be without suspended goalkeeper Simon Eastwood who was shown a red card in Friday's 2-1 victory over Charlton. Marcus Browne is suspended.

Summary

As I've said, this is looking like a particularly difficult game against an in form team who have drawn eleven times at home in League one, more than any other team in League One. However, our form has been pretty good recently and it wouldn't be the greatest surprise to see us win this one. If we can do that then we're pretty much safe and able to relax a little in the last couple of games.

COYB!!!


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