Oxford United v Rovers – Match Preview

Tomorrow sees Rovers makes the 380-mile round trip to take on Oxford United in a crucial game in the promotion race.

Oxford’s first team assistant coach Derek Fazackerley will be up against his former club, who he made over 600 appearances for.

Team news

Rovers are still without defender Darragh Lenihan and promising midfielder Harry Chapman for the long term.

Corry Evans is now available after Saturday’s ban due to the 5 yellow cards he has picked up so far this season.

Conway is still a couple of weeks away from being fit, whilst Ben Gladwin is still recovering from a knee injury.

Rovers will have to rely on the usual midfield set-up, which has proven lacklustre but also genius at times.

Form Guide:

Oxford’s last 5 League games: DDLLW

Oxford have made a great start to the season and currently find themselves 7th in the table 1 place and 2 points behind Rovers in sixth.

Oxford picked up a 4-0 win over struggling Plymouth Argyle at the weekend, with Plymouth down to ten men for over two-thirds of the game.

Their win on Saturday was much needed after a spell of just 2 points from a possible 12. This has pushed them outside of the playoffs and they will look to move up the table – starting with tomorrow.

Rovers’ last 5 League games: DWDDW

Rovers head into the game at the Kassam Stadium unbeaten in the last 5 games.

Two consecutive home games saw Rovers draw with Plymouth, before following up with a 3-0 thrashing over Portsmouth.

Then two draws away to Wigan and Fleetwood at home left Rovers unbeaten in 4. This was extended to 5 with a 3-0 win at Bury.

Previous meetings

Last League meeting: Rovers’ last league meeting against Oxford United was in 1992. The game took place at Ewood Park and finished 1-1.

Last meeting in all competitions: Rovers headed to Oxford in the 4th round of the FA Cup, taking a sell-out away following of around 1,500.

Paul Lambert’s Rovers comfortably won 3-0. A Ben Marshall brace (a penalty and a free kick) and a debut goal for Tony Watt sent the Blue and White army home happy.

Summary

Tony Mowbray should keep the same team that beat Bury because everyone played a part in the win and no one made a mistake.

Confidence is high and lets’s hope this translates into a win.

Prediction: Oxford United 0-2 Rovers

Rovers scorers: Dack and Graham

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