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The Big Match Preview: Oxford vs Wycombe

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29 March 2019

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Oxford United vs Wycombe Wanderers
Saturday 30th March 2019, k.o. 3pm
Kassam Stadium
Referee: Simon Hooper

Wanderers end a two-week wait to return to action with a derby day encounter with Oxford United in front of a sold-out away allocation, looking for three points to leap above the U's and stretch the gap between themselves and the bottom four.

The form guide favours the hosts, who've climbed out of the relegation places with four wins from six, conceding just twice in that time, while the Chairboys are without a victory since January having been unable to hold on to leads in each of their last three outings.

However, the fortnight break has provided an opportunity to draw a line under that record and focus now on an eight-game mini-season in which they they face five relegation candidates, ensuring their destiny remains very much in their own hands.

Their last visit to the Kassam Stadium saw Oxford clinch promotion to League 1 with a 3-0 victory on the final day of the 2015/16 season, but Blues fans have fonder memories of the previous trip along the M40 which resulted in a 2-1 away triumph in 2014 which sent Gareth Ainsworth's men to the League 2 summit.

It's a sell-out! There are no more tickets available for Chairboys fans.

Pre-booked tickets can be collected from Adams Park before 5pm on Friday, or from the Kassam Stadium from 1.30pm on the day of the game.

In the event that tickets ordered for postal delivery haven't arrived, fans should contact the Wanderers' ticket office on 01494 441118 from 9am to 1pm on Saturday, or visit the Oxford ticket on arrival at the stadium with proof of purchase.

Team News
Oxford could be without winger Gavin Whyte while boss Karl Robinson also hinted that Jordan Graham and Rob Dickie could be injury doubts.

Wycombe are missing defender Darius Charles through injury and striker Nathan Tyson due to suspension, but all other squad members are in contention to feature.

Wanderers will be in their regular light and dark blue strip.

Man in the middle
Simon Hooper was the referee of the Chairboys' play-off final in 2015, and has mostly officiated in the top two tiers this season, showing 78 yellow and four red cards in 25 games in total.

By Adrian Wood


Using the car? These are the recommended road directions
From Wycombe take the westbound M40, exiting at junction 8 taking the A40 towards Oxford. The stadium is well signposted, with brown football signs pointing the way. At the Headington roundabout (with McDonalds on the left) bear left onto the Oxford Ring Road (A4142). Continue over the Cowley flyover and go straight on at the Littlemore roundabout. At the next roundabout (with Sainsburys on the left), take the left turning (signed Reading / Oxford Science Park) onto the A4074. Keep following the brown football signs and you eventually come to the ground on your left.

Mileage from High Wycombe = 29 (approx. journey time 40 minutes)

Recommended area for car parking
There are plenty of FREE car parking spaces around the stadium and at the adjacent Ozone cinema and bowling alley complex. They do tend to fill up quickly so arrive in plenty of time. As expected, it can take a time to exit after the match. Free parking is also available along Grenoble Road adjacent to the stadium. Supporters are reminded not to park illegally on double yellow lines, adjacent grass verges, or in residential areas covered by residents permit schemes.

Using the train?
This is certainly not recommended as Oxford railway station is over four miles away. If you do end up at the station (or in the City Centre) you can catch Oxford Bus Company Service, Number 5 (or Stagecoach service Number 1) that run to Knights Road in Blackbird Leys Road. This is just a short walk from the ground. The service runs every five minutes. The journey from the station to the stadium usually takes around 30 minutes.

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 the stadium 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.

Spare time on your hands?
The adjacent ‘Priory' pub closed a few years ago and there is a very 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. 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. Traditional pubs in walking distance (20-25 minutes) of the Kassam Stadium are the Catherine Wheel and the Kings Arms in Sandford-on-Thames. Otherwise alcohol is also served within the ground.

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