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Big Preview: Oxford United v Southend United

28 February 2020

Oxford United vs Southend United...

Overview

After three successive home games, Blues are back on their travels tomorrow afternoon as they pay a visit to Oxford United and the Kassam Stadium.

Southend have got plenty of fond memories of trips gone by at the Kassam having won on seven of their previous 10 visits to Oxfordshire.

But Sol Campbell’s side know they will be in for a tough test on Saturday against The Us who are more than in the mix for a top-six spot with them just a point outside the play-off places.

Form

Southend will be looking to stop the recent trend of five straight defeats when they visit Oxfordshire, the latest being at the hands of Burton Albion last weekend.  

In three of those five reversals, the game has been decided by a single goal, and after talking about getting more clinical with their chances, Campbell will hope to turn that differential in his side's favour.

After being knocked out of the Emirates FA Cup by Newcastle, Oxford drew one and lost two of their following three games but have since gone on to win all of their last three without conceding.

Last Meeting

Saturday 23rd November 2019
Southend United 0-4 Oxford United
Taylor 1’, 84’, Henry 33’, Agyei 86’

Blues never recovered from going behind in the first minute as Oxford brushed Southend United aside by beating them 4-0 at Roots Hall.

A defensive slip-up inside 60 seconds allowed Matt Taylor to score before James Henry doubled the Us' advantage. A late second from Taylor and one from Dan Agyei rounded off the scoring.

Blues Team News

Southend will wait until the last possible moment to see if Sam Mantom will be available for Saturday after the midfielder picked up a knock to his knee.

Stephen Humphrys remains on the sidelines as he waits for an operation on a facial injury, while John White continues his recovery from surgery on his broken arm.

Harry Kyprianou and Jason Demetriou were both absent last Saturday and will be pushing for a recall.

Oxford Dangerman

I don’t think anyone can argue against Matt Taylor being Oxford’s man to watch on Saturday with the on-loan Bristol City striker scoring five goals in his last three outings.

After missing a few weeks at the start of 2020 through injury, Taylor came back refreshed scoring braces against Wimbledon and Accrington as well as the winner away at Ipswich.

Taylor has 16 goals so far this campaign and he could so easily have had more, with his position play a key part of his game, meaning, more often than not, he is in the right place at the right time.

Ref Watch

Lee Swabey will be the man to take charge at the Kassam on Saturday, being assisted by Louis Marks and Ryan Whitaker, with Daniel Cook down by the dugouts as the fourth official.

Swabey has taken charge of Blues twice already this season – officiating the 3-0 defeat to Rochdale and 4-1 defeat to Portsmouth – and has taken charge of Oxford once, just before Christmas.

So far this season, Swabey has officiated 25 games in total across Leagues One, Two and in cup competitions, showing a total of 84 yellow cards and five reds.

Away Fans Guide

The Kassam Stadium, named after former chairman Firoz Kassam, has been home to Oxford United since 2001 and holds up to 12,500 spectators.  

Arguably most recognised for having just three stands, the ground still generates a good atmosphere when full and Blues fans will be making their noise over in corner of the North Stand.

For more information on the ground, including info on travel directions, where to park and where to go for a pre-match drink, check out awaygames.co.uk’s guide by clicking here.

Tickets

Southend have been given an allocation of 494 tickets for tomorrow’s game, with over 350 having already been sold, and these will come off sale at midday today (28th February).

You can purchase your tickets by visiting the Blues Box Office, online or by calling 08444 770077 and tickets will be available to collect from the ticket office at the Kassam Stadium.

Tickets will also be available to purchase at the ground in cash only from the away ticket office, located adjacent to the away turnstiles, with no price increase on matchday.


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