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Big Preview: Oxford United vs Southend United

13 April 2018

Oxford United vs Southend United

Blues are back on the road yet again as they travel to the Kassam Stadium to take on Karl Robinson’s Oxford United tomorrow afternoon.

Chris Powell’s side has covered a fair few miles in recent weeks and they’ll take a lot of heart from last weekend’s 1-0 defeat to promotion-chasing Blackburn Rovers.

Oxford have somehow managed to find themselves in a bit of a relegation battle scrap having picked up just two points from the last 15 available, leaving them five points above the drop zone.

An agonising 1-0 defeat at home to Fleetwood will not have helped the feeling at the Kassam, with Robinson yet to celebrate a win since taking over the U’s last month.

Oxford United: LDLDLW

Southend United: LWLWDD

25th November 2017: Southend United (Cox) 1 vs 1 (Thomas) Oxford United

14th February 2017: Oxford United 0 vs 2 (Fortune, Robinson) Southend United

6th December 2016: Southend United (Wordsworth) 1 vs 1 (Maguire) Oxford United (Oxford won 4-3 on penalties)

Once again, Southend reported no new injury concerns after last weekend’s defeat at Blackburn meaning boss Chris Powell has a number of options ahead of the visit to Oxford.

Theo Robinson will be looking for a return to front-line; the striker was left on the bench in favour of a 4-5-1 formation at Ewood Park but scored in his previous start against Gillingham.  

Sam Mantom was brought in to bolster the midfield against Rovers and he’ll be hopeful of keeping his place with Powell having a plethora of midfielders to choose from come Saturday.

Oxford are unlikely to risk Curtis Nelson despite the fact the defender returned from injury in mid-week to play 80-minutes for United’s development side.

Joe Rothwell is also doubtful for U’s after he limped off during Tuesday night’s 1-0 defeat against Fleetwood Town, although Robinson has hinted he may take a punt on the midfielder. 

Chris Powell, Southend United Manager:

“They have some good footballers. I’ve always looked at them throughout the course of a season, and there’s two or three players that can really handle the football.

“They’ll play in a certain style and they had the heartbreak of an injury-time winner against Fleetwood, which is never great because we had the game watched, Kevin Keen went and said they performed pretty well.

“We know they have quality in certain areas and we have to make sure that we don’t let them or allow them to build and build their confidence because that could make it a tough game.”

Karl Robinson, Oxford United Manager:

“All in all it [Tuesday night against Fleetwood] was probably one of our biggest performances of the year. We have players coming back from injury as well so we are in a positive place right now.

“The fans have been brilliant and I am pleased we could put in a performance like that for them. But let’s go get a win on Saturday for them.

“I would probably have taken four points this week, especially with our goal difference. So let’s go out there, put in another performance and get that win we need.”

We have sold over 530 tickets for the game against Karl Robinson's side.

Tickets will be available on the day, cash only, from the North East Ticket Office at the same price as the advance sales.


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