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Play-Off Preview: Oxford United (A)

18 May 2021

Blackpool travel to Oxford United in the first leg of the Sky Bet League One play-off semi-finals on Tuesday evening, as the race for the final promotion spot begins.

The Seasiders travel to the Kassam Stadium for a 6pm kick-off, and will be hoping to take something back with them to Bloomfield Road for the second leg, which takes place on Friday evening.

Neil Critchley’s men finished the regular league campaign in third place, having won their last four matches. The side boasted the strongest defensive record in the league, having conceded just 37 goals in 46 matches, with Chris Maxwell awarded the Golden Glove for his 21 clean sheets.

Oxford creeped into the play-offs on the final day with a 4-0 thumping of Burton Albion, whilst Portsmouth lost their match against Accrington, meaning the Yellows finished in sixth spot.

For the first time in over a year, supporters will be in attendance at both matches, with a limited capacity of home fans allowed to attend on both Tuesday and Friday night.

Team News:

Gary Madine made a long awaited return to action in the 1-0 victory over Bristol Rovers last weekend, and could be involved on Tuesday evening.

Last Time We Met:

Blackpool took all three points from the Kassam Stadium in February’s visit thanks to a 2-0 win. Goals from Kenny Dougall and Dan Ballard secured the win.

The Key Player: Matty Taylor

Matty Taylor is Oxford’s top scorer so far this season, finding the back of the net 18 times. The 30-year-old striker signed permanently for the Yellows in the summer on a three year contract, after impressing at the Kassam Stadium whilst on loan from Bristol City last season.

Taylor counts Bristol Rovers, Forest Green Rovers and North Leigh on his list of former clubs.

Neil Critchley:

“The prospect of playing back in front of supporters again is something we are all looking forward to as well as the games being live on television, so there’s a few changes to what would be a regular game.

“These games are full of emotion and drama. The psychological aspect of these games is different to your normal league game, but we’re ready, excited and looking forward to it.”

Watch The Match Live:

Tuesday’s match will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Football from 5:30pm.

The match will not be available to watch on iFollow.

Kick-off is 6pm.

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