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The Big Match Preview - Oxford United

6 May 2016

All you need to know about the final game of the Sky Bet League 2 season at the Kassam Stadium on Saturday (k.o. 3pm).

Oxford United vs Wycombe Wanderers
Saturday 7th May 2016, k.o. 3pm
Kassam Stadium
Referee: Keith Stroud

The curtain falls on the Chairboys' Sky Bet League 2 season just up the M40 at neighbours Oxford United where Gareth Ainsworth's men will be cheered on by over 1,000 travelling fans, all hoping their side can end the campaign on a high with a first victory in eight games.

Wanderers fell away from the promotion race in the closing stages of the season but could have a say in which team reaches League 1, with Oxford needing to at least match the result of fourth-placed Bristol Rovers to secure their place in the third tier.

Michael Appleton's men have enjoyed a fantastic campaign to date, reaching the final of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy at Wembley and springing a major shock in the FA Cup by defeating Swansea City at the Kassam Stadium.

Now the icing on the cake could arrive if they can find a victory on home turf, where they have found wins harder to come by compared to their record on the road, enjoying 14 away triumphs but only nine so far in Oxfordshire.

The game is also likely to determine which of the two clubs ends the campaign with the best defensive record in League 2, with both Oxford and Wycombe tied on just 41 goals conceded.

Wanderers have the best away defensive record in the country, having been breached only 17 times on the road, but they'll need to stand firm to repel the division's best attack which has netted 81 goals to date.

Ainsworth is unlikely to have any players returning from injury in time for the game, meaning he could select from the same 17 names that were named on the teamsheet last weekend.

Tickets

Tickets are now off sale with no more available. Pre-booked tickets can be collected at the Away Ticket Office. Wanderers sold 1,047 tickets in total, while the home ends are completely sold out.

Stay off the pitch
All fans are asked to remain off the playing surface at all times throughout the afternoon, whatever the outcome.

Travel
Click here for Adrian Wood's guide for the trip to Oxford.

Facilities for away fans
The ground capacity is 12,500 (all seated). Away fans are normally housed on one side of the North Stand, towards the open end of the ground. This stand is shared with home supporters. The facilities within and the views of the playing action are excellent, and there is also good leg room. The atmosphere within the ground is not bad, with the home fans in the Oxford Mail Stand doing their best to raise it.

Facilities around the ground
With the closure of the adjacent ‘Priory' pub then there is a limited choice of bars near to the stadium. One possibility is ‘The George’ at Littlemore just off the ring road (not far from Sainsburys). The stadium is about a 10-minute walk away. Another option is the Holiday Inn Express Hotel on the corner behind the Oxford Mail and South Stand, which has a fair sized bar. Meanwhile there is a cinema and bowling alley complex located adjacent to the stadium, called Ozone. Inside the bowling alley there is a bar, which also has SKY TV and a fast food outlet. Another traditional pub in walking distance (15-20 minutes) of the Kassam Stadium is the Catherine Wheel in Sandford-on-Thames. Otherwise alcohol is also served within the ground.
 
Can't make it?
Phil Catchpole and Geoff Doyle are behind the mic to provide live commentary on Chairboys Player and the FLi Player app from 2.55pm. Alternatively you can follow regular updates on our Twitter account - @wwfcofficial.

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