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PREVIEW: Town V Oxford United

4 February 2017

Town will be on a mission to secure the local bragging rights and a big three points when they host local rivals Oxford United on Sunday (12:00pm Kick-Off).


It is the big one at The County Ground tomorrow and the Reds will be looking to bounce back after suffering defeat away at Bristol Rovers last week.


Oxford were on the winning side last Saturday after knocking Championship high-flyers Newcastle United out of the FA Cup.


The two sides have played each other twice already this season with the Yellows running out victorious in the first meeting back in September 2016, while Town prevailed on penalties the following month to secure the extra point in the Checkatrade Trophy.


STAT ATTACK:


Town and Oxford have done battle on 59 occasions in all competitions and the Robins are able to boast the better head-to-head record with 23 wins to their name, compared to the Yellows’ 15.


FULL RECORD V OXFORD UNITED:


P59 W23 D21 L15 F81 A64


TICKET NEWS:


https://www.eticketing.co.uk/swindontown/Tomorrow’s fixture is all-ticket for BOTH home and away fans. Tickets come off sale at 3pm today and they are available to buy in-store or online -


FORM GUIDE (LAST SIX GAMES IN ALL COMPETITIONS):


TOWN - LDDWLL


OXFORD UNITED - WWLWWW


TOP SCORERS:


TOWN - Luke Norris (4)


OXFORD UNITED - Kane Hemmings (13)


TEAM NEWS:


TOWN - Swindon Head Coach Luke Williams now has plenty of options at his disposal following a busy Transfer Deadline Day.


Nicky Ajose, Rohan Ince and Jesse Starkey all arrived at SN1 on Tuesday and the trio are all available to feature against Oxford tomorrow.


However, with only five loanees permitted in a matchday squad, two players will have to miss out.


On the injury front, Jon Obika stepped up his recovery in training this week but may not be risked for tomorrow’s game.


Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill got an hour for the reserves in the week but his return to first-team action won’t be rushed, while Ellis Iandolo and Brad Barry are both still out.


Lloyd Jones picked up a knock during the defeat to Bristol Rovers last weekend but the defender is expected to be fine for Sunday’s encounter.


OXFORD UNITED - Strikers Toni Martinez and Conor McAleny both joined the Yellows in January and will be pushing for starts, with the former scoring on his debut last weekend.


Ryan Taylor and Alex MacDonald have departed the club, while both Joe Skarz and Charlie Raglan are available for selection tomorrow.


A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS:


Luke Williams, Swindon Town Head Coach: “We have to impose ourselves on the game from the very beginning on Sunday. Oxford will be confident but we’re confident we can win.


“It would be fantastic to win on Sunday – the fans deserve the pride of winning a Derby so much.”


Michael Appleton, Oxford United Head Coach: “It has been a good week for us with wins in the FA Cup and Checkatrade Trophy but the league is the most important competition and we want a win for the fans as well on Sunday.”


OFFICIALS:


Referee - Darren Deadman


Assistants - Lee Venamore & Simon Knapp


Fourth Official - Robert Massey-Ellis


FOLLOW THE ACTION LIVE:


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in the wake of the game. www.swindontownfc.co.ukSTFC Player HD subscribers will also be able to enjoy full uninterrupted commentary of the match whilst there will be a full match report and plenty of reaction on


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