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Preview: Oxford United (H)

11 December 2020

Blackpool welcome Oxford United to Bloomfield Road on Saturday in a return to Sky Bet League One action.

The Seasiders are on an impressive run of form heading into this weekend’s fixture, winning five of the last six league matches, and have also not conceded a single goal in the past four matches. A hard-fought 1-0 victory at Fleetwood Town last weekend saw Neil Critchley’s rise to 12th in the league table – just five points off of the top six.

Saturday’s opponents have had a torrid time of it so far this season. After suffering heartbreak in the League One Play-Off Final last season where they succumbed to Wycombe Wanderers at Wembley, The U’s have struggled to bounce back.

Karl Robinson’s side come into Saturday’s fixture occupying the last relegation spot in 21st place, having lost eight of their opening 15 league matches. Two hard fought draws over high-flying Hull City and Ipswich Town in their previous two league matches could prove to be a turning point however, with Oxford having not tasted defeat since the end of November.

Last Time We Met

Oxford ran out 2-1 victors last time the two sides met at the Kassam Stadium back in February of this year. An early Gary Madine goal was cancelled out by a brace from Oxford’s Marcus Browne to make it four straight defeats for Blackpool in all competitions.

Neil Critchley

“They’re a good team with some quality players and a good manager. A lot of the players who got them to the Play-Off Final last season are still there, so they maybe suffered a bit of a psychological hangover from missing out on promotion.

“Their last few performances, you can see they’ve competed with some of the best teams in the division, so at some points they will pick up victories again. We need to make sure that isn’t going to be against us on Saturday.”

Karl Robinson

“We respect how difficult Saturday will be for us. Blackpool were tipped to be in the mix come the end of the season, so it will be a tough match for us.”

Watch Live

The match at Bloomfield Road is available to watch live on iFollow.

Season ticket holders will simply be able to login to iFollow, and watch the match.

Non-season ticket holders can purchase a match pass for the game for £10, here.

Kick off for the game is 3pm.

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