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Preview: Oxford United (A)

19 March 2021

Blackpool could make it four straight away wins for the first time since August 2007, with victory at Oxford United on Saturday.

The Seasiders are on an eight match unbeaten run stretching back to the start of February, having picked up four wins and four draws since the loss at Ipswich Town.

Despite picking up four consecutive home draws since then, the Seasiders have done well on the road lately, defeating Portsmouth, Charlton and MK Dons away from home.

Saturday’s hosts started the season off slowly, but picked up over Christmas, where they won 11 matches in 12 over the festive and New Year period. Karl Robinson’s side sit in eighth place in the league table coming into Saturday’s game, with Blackpool in 12th – three points behind Oxford, though with two games in hand.

Team News:

Neil Critchley’s squad is likely to be similar to the one from Tuesday’s home draw with Burton Albion.

Daniel Gretarsson is nearing a return to action, whilst Marvin Ekpiteta continues his rehab following a period out through injury. Kevin Stewart picked up an ankle injury in the draw to Fleetwood and CJ Hamilton is set to go for a scan on a foot injury.

Last Time We Met:

Oxford held Blackpool to a 0-0 draw at Bloomfield Road earlier in the season. The U’s took all three points in Blackpool’s last visit to the Kassam Stadium back in February 2020 in a 2-1 defeat for the Seasiders.

The Key Player: Matty Taylor

Matty Taylor has scored 13 goals for Karl Robinson’s side so far this season, including two in Oxford’s 3-0 win over Doncaster on Tuesday evening.

Neil Critchley:

“I thought we edged it in the home game, but they are a well-coached side and have really picked up results lately. They had a great result against Doncaster on Tuesday night, which will give them a lift. I’m expecting a good game of football.”

Watch The Match Live:

The game at the Kassam Stadium is available to watch live on iFollow.

Supporters can purchase a match pass for the game for £10, here.

Kick off is 3pm.


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