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Match preview: Oxford United (A)

19 October 2021

Match Previews

Match preview: Oxford United (A)

19 October 2021

Take a look at the latest stats and facts ahead of Town's Sky Bet League One away fixture with Oxford United.

Shrewsbury Town are straight back in Sky Bet League One action following their impressive 1-0 win over Milton Keynes Dons on Saturday, as they travel to the Kassam Stadium to face Oxford United under the lights on Tuesday night.

Shaun Whalley’s second-half strike gave Steve Cotterill’s men the  win against a very organised MK Dons side last time out and helped Town secure the first clean sheet of the season.

Salop will go into is this one looking to build on Saturday’s win hoping it will give them some much-needed confidence to kick on going further into the season. The hosts on the other hand will be looking to improve on their 3-1 home loss at the hands of league leaders Plymouth Argyle on Saturday. The hosts who currently sit ninth in the league table, might be a bit shaken and low on confidence following Saturday’s defeat, so it could be a perfect opportunity for Salop to pounce on the U’s and claim what would be another vital three points.

Despite Saturday’s defeat to the league leaders, Karl Robinson’s side are still only one point off the play-off places and will be looking to recreate results such as the 5-1 thrashing of Accrington Stanley and the impressive 2-1 away win against fellow play-off chasing side, Sheffield Wednesday.

Oxford United still have a lot of quality at their disposal and Salop will need to be at their very best if they are to come back to Shropshire with anything from Tuesdays game.

Name: Oxford United

Founded: 1893 (128 years ago) as Headington United

Chairman: Sumrith Thanakarnjanasuth

Biggest Victory: 9-0 vs Wisbech Town, Southern League, 1960

Biggest Defeat:

7-0 vs Wigan Athletic, League One, 2017

One to Watch:  James Henry

Since joining Oxford back in 2017, Henry has gone on to make over 150 appearances for the U’s in all competitions and has scored just under 50 goals for the club. He’s gone on to make himself a household name at the Kassam Stadium.

So far this season he’s scored five goals and gotten himself two assists in 11 appearances, making himself Oxford’s top goal scorer so far. At the age of 32, Henry is nearing the latter stages of his career, but the midfielder still offers a huge amount of quality to Karl Robinson’s side. Having played both in midfield and on the wing this season, Henry is a very versatile player that Salop will need to keep an eye on him if he’s to have a quiet game.

Referee: Craig Hicks

Linesmen: Michael Chard and Ryan Whitaker

Fourth Official: Charles Breakspear


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