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Oxford United v Plymouth Argyle - the build up

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The countdown to Oxford United

Saturday


Argyle's toughest test yet ... Oxford Mail.

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Friday


Karl Robinson's pre-match press conference and some kind words for Argyle fans ... Oxford You Tube.

The matchday programme ... Oxford club website.

Thursday

Oxford manager Karl Robinson says he has a fully fit squad for Saturday .... Oxford Mail.

Ryan Lowe's pre-match press conference ... Argyle TV.


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Wednesday

Audio match passes are now available ..... here.

Oxford is the third shortest away trip of the season at 411 miles there and back.

According to Sky Bet Oxford are at 19/20 to win, the draw is on offer at 5/2 and an Argyle win has odds of 13/5.

The Greens have played away at Oxford 24 times, winning three games, drawing eight and losing 13, the last win was in February 2018 when Sonny Bradley netted the only goal.

Tuesday

Referee

James Bell is the man in the middle, so far this season he has issued 39 yellow cards and no reds in 11 games, he was last in charge of an Argyle game in May last season when the Greens were beaten 3-1 at Home Park by Sunderland with defender Jerome Opoku receiving a red card in the 64th minute.
He will be assisted at the Kassam Stadium by Stuart Butler and Joe Clark while the fourth official is Leigh Crowhurst.


They Played For Both
Paul Wotton, Luke McCormick, Curtis Nelson, Jamie Mackie, Chris Zebroski, Tony Capaldi, Alan Judge, Andy Thomas, Nicky Banger, Deane Smalley, Ashley Smith-Brown, Chris Hargreaves, Ashley Barnes, Dexter Blackstock, Tareiq Holmes-Dennis, Steve MacLean, Darren Purse, Ryan Taylor. Any more?

Oxford stats analysis
Strengths

Counter attacks.
Creating long shot opportunities.
Creating chances through individual skill.
Creating chances using through balls.
Weaknesses
Protecting the lead.
Avoiding fouling in dangerous areas.
Stopping opponents from creating chances.
Style of play
Attempt through balls often.
Possession football.
Attempt crosses often.
Attack through the middle.
Play with width.
Rotate their first eleven.

Oxford's recent league form
02/10/21: Sheffield Wednesday 1 – 2 Oxford.
28/09/21: Oxford 5 – 1 Accrington.
25/09/21: Oxford 1 – 1 Gillingham.
18/09/21: Cheltenham 1 – 0 Oxford.
11/09/21: Oxford 0 – 0 Wycombe.
04/09/21: AFC Wimbledon 3 – 1 Oxford.

Travel
Sat nav - OX4 4XP.
From Plymouth - A38, M5, M4, A34.
There are 2,000 free car-parking spaces available at the stadium on a first-come basis, although it can take up to an hour to leave the car park after the game.
Fuel – there is a Sainsbury’s supermarket with a petrol station on the A423 at the first exit of the second roundabout after leaving the A34.
Also, about 5 miles before reaching Oxford there is a Tesco Extra petrol station at Abingdon just off the A34.

Argyle have sold out the ticket allocation of 1,787.
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Over the five seasons before Covid-19 Argyle fans averaged 1,211 at the Kassam Stadium.
 
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I've only ever seen us win once there. I've seen us play very very badly quite a few times though.

That 0-2 game when Nelse and Mackie scored was the worst though. They were dire and we were direr (a new word invented just for Argyle on that day).
 
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Some interesting stats on the season so far.
Oxford top of the 1st Half table W7 D4 L0 Argyle 7th W7 D3 L2
Argyle top of 2nd half table W7 D3 L2 Oxford 22nd W1 D6 L4

In terms of average minutes leading in matches Argyle 30 Oxford 40m
Average minutes trailing Argyle 17m Oxford 6m

Does this mean anything? Hopefully we can get through to half time unscathed . Stats might suggest Oxford are better than their current position suggests?
 

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Some interesting stats on the season so far.
Oxford top of the 1st Half table W7 D4 L0 Argyle 7th W7 D3 L2
Argyle top of 2nd half table W7 D3 L2 Oxford 22nd W1 D6 L4

In terms of average minutes leading in matches Argyle 30 Oxford 40m
Average minutes trailing Argyle 17m Oxford 6m

Does this mean anything? Hopefully we can get through to half time unscathed . Stats might suggest Oxford are better than their current position suggests?
These stats do show tho that we are a balanced team in both halves now (compared to last season) with an identical record in both the 1st half and 2nd of W7 D3 L2, although oddly we have only lost one match in reality ( how does that work 🤔 )
 

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Expecting a very tough game on Saturday. We were well beaten in both matches last season, although that now means nothing based on how we've started. Be very satisfied with a point and a continuation of our unbeaten run.
 
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Two scousers locking horns- they know each other very well & no doubt they will be plotting to get one over each other

We are very much a different animal this season - Oxford have always been a bogie team for us & it will be interesting to see who will be given the job of keeping Matt Taylor quiet - yes they have talented players but we have enough about us to hopefully continue the unbeaten run
 

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Be good to have Jephcott and Galloway back in the fold for this one. Also a fit and firing Danny Mayor after his excellent 1st half display on Tuesday could be pushing for a start..
 
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Be good to have Jephcott and Galloway back in the fold for this one. Also a fit and firing Danny Mayor after his excellent 1st half display on Tuesday could be pushing for a start..
Tough to drop either Broom or Camara if both are fit given how pivotal both of them have been to our good form.

I've been to the Kassam Stadium 3 times and have never seen us score, I'm unable to go this Saturday so it's a good omen!
 

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So, the last player sent off by this ref in a league game played for?? :unsure:
 
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Seen us win there and seen us lose horribly too. Think it'll be an even game. I'd also take a point, let's go 1-1.

Be interesting to see what RL does with Mayor and Camara. Mayor looked unstoppable Tuesday night, but maybe he's not fully fit. Camara has been awesome this season but I think he'd benefit from a rest. Is there any formation that would let Broom and Mayor play together?