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Preview: Oxford United

All you need to know ahead of Saturday's Sky Bet League One encounter at Stadium MK...

13 December 2019

MK Dons host Oxford United this Saturday as they look to build upon their draw against Doncaster Rovers last weekend.

Russell Martin's side put in perhaps their performance of the season at The Keepmoat Stadium, but were denied three points by a late Doncaster Rovers goal.

Martin, however, will be looking to turn the positive performances into wins as he looks to reap the rewards of the good football his side have been playing.

The visitors to Stadium MK this weekend are Oxford United, who are currently one of the most inform teams in the league.

Kick-off is at 3pm.

THE OPPOSITION
Oxford United will currently sit seventh in the Sky Bet League One table, just one point off Coventry in sixth and six points off Ipswich Town in second.

The U's are unbeaten in their last 11 league fixtures, a run that stretches back to September 14th. During that time, Karl Robinson's side have beaten the likes of Lincoln City, Rotherham, Tranmere Rovers and Gillingham.

They are also one of the top scorers in the Football League, having netted 37 goals from their 18 league games. James Henry has been their standout player in front of goal so far this season, he's netted 10 goals and provided a further five assists. Elsewhere, Tariqe Fosu-Henry has eight goals, Matty Taylor netted seven and Cameron Brannagan has six.

LAST TIME OUT
MK Dons put an end to their losing streak in Sky Bet League One by taking a point from Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Alex Gilbey struck from 25-yards to give Russell Martin’s men a deserved lead early in the second half but Donny levelled the scores late on through a controversial Cameron John goal.

Oxford United, meanwhile, extended their unbeaten Sky Bet League One run to 11 games as they drew 0-0 with Shrewsbury Town.

FIGHTING TALK
Russell Martin: “The position we're in, they're all tests. But the focus should be on us and what we can do. We're at home, it's our territory, it's up to us to dominate and impose ourselves on the game, how we can hurt the opposition and how we can prevent them hurting us.”

TEAM NEWS
MK Dons were boosted by the return of Sam Nombe last week. The striker played the final 20-minutes at Doncaster Rovers, before featuring for an hour in the Under-23s clash with Cambridge United.

Russell Martin provided injury updates on both Jordan Moore-Taylor and Rhys Healey - the duo missed the 1-1 draw with Doncaster Rovers through injury.

“Jordan is having checks on his knee this week. He felt his knee in the warm-up. He hadn’t felt it since his operation until Saturday. He says he’s feeling okay so hopefully it's just a little irritation rather than something major. We'll make sure we investigate it properly, though.”

On Rhys, Martin said, "He's getting fitter. He has a lot to catch up on but he's getting there slowly. We’ll need to get him some minutes soon. We've got a few reserve games coming up which will probably be used for that."

Oxford United will be without Anthony Forde, James Henry, Cameron Brannagan, Jamie Hanson, Shandon Baptiste, Ben Woodburn and George Thorne.

OFFICIALS
Trevor Kettle will take charge of Saturday’s contest at Stadium MK.

The Rutland native has been an official since the 2002/03 season and has overseen the Dons just once this season. That came in the 3-2 defeat to Wycombe Wanderers, where he awarded three penalties.

So far this season, Kettle has overseen 16 matches, produced 48 yellow cards and four reds. He has also awarded nine penalties.

Nicholas Cooper and Paul Hobday will be the assistant referees while Paul Kelly is the fourth official.

HEAD TO HEAD
Dons wins: 1
Dons wins at Stadium MK: 0
Last Dons win: 4-3, 7 Nov 2017 (The Kassam Stadium)
Biggest Dons win: 4-3, 7 Nov 2017 (The Kassam Stadium)

Draws: 2
Draws at Stadium MK: 2
Last draw: 1-1, 2 Sep 2017 (Stadium MK)

Oxford United wins: 2
Oxford United wins at Stadium MK: 0
Last Oxford United win: 3-1, 1 Jan 2018 (The Kassam Stadium)
Biggest Oxford United win: 3-1, 1 Jan 2018 (The Kassam Stadium)

SKY BET ODDS
Dons win: 13/5
Draw: 13/5
Doncaster win: 10/11

Sky Bet Price Boost: MK Dons to win at BTTS: 6/1

Click HERE for more Sky Bet odds!

ELSEWHERE IN SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
Accrington Stanley v Portsmouth
AFC Wimbledon v Doncaster Rovers
Fleetwood Town v Gillingham
Ipswich Town v Bristol Rovers
Lincoln City v Tranmere Rovers
Peterborough United v Bolton Wanderers
Shrewsbury Town v Coventry City
Southend United v Rotherham United
Sunderland v Blackpool
Wycombe Wanderers v Burton Albion

FOLLOW IT LIVE
Tickets are priced at £22 adults, £17 seniors and £7 under-18s while under-12s go FREE with an accompanying adult.

Supporters can upgrade to premium seats in the East Centre for a £5 premium while an upgrade to clubRed is just £10 more.

Club Dons members are entitled to £5 discount on the matchday price for 10 EFL games while Young Dons members can take advantage of a £1 discount on prices - why not use that discount for today's match?

To book tickets click HERE, visit the Box Office at Stadium MK or call 0333 200 5343.

You stay in touch with the action via mkdons.com’s Match Centre, which can be accessed by visiting the home page from 2pm.

There will also be full coverage on the Club’s social media channels – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat!

A full match report will be available to view on mkdons.com straight after the final whistle along with full reaction from Russell Martin and a player. Highlights will be available three hours after full-time.


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