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OXFORD UNITED MATCH PREVIEW

12 March 2013

All the stats, teams news and information ahead of Tuesday's trip to the Kassam Stadium

Introduction

• Barnet travel to the Kassam Stadium on Tuesday to face Oxford United following a sensational 4-1 win over Morecambe.

• Dani Lopez scored a hat-trick in the win at Underhill and he is expected to continue up top with Jake Hyde also pushing for a place.

• Barnet and Oxford have met twice already this season with the Bees yet to win. The Us won the first encounter 2-0 in the FA Cup before being held to a 2-2 draw at Underhill.

• The 4-1 win over Morecambe lifted the Bees up to 18th in Npower League Two. Oxford currently sit 10th just seven points off the play-offs. 

Team news

Barnet Football Club

• Jake Hyde could return after missing Saturday’s win with a hamstring injury which he picked up in the 2-1 defeat to Plymouth Argyle 

• John Oster is unlikely to return but could have recovered in time to face Accrington Stanley on Saturday.

• Craig Beattie, Ishmail Kamara and Jon Nurse are also making good recoveries and it will not be long until they return.

Oxford United

• Chris Wilder could field an unchanged starting 11 if Tony Capaldi recovers from injury after leaving the field nine minutes into their 3-1 win at Torquay United.

• James Constable was recalled for that win and marked his return with a goal, he is likely to partner Alfie Potter up front. 

• Goalkeeper Ryan Clarke (shoulder), striker Justin Richards (knee) and midfielder Peter Leven (knee) remain sidelined.

The opposition

• Oxford United formed in 1893 as Headington United, they play their home matches at the Kassam Stadium after moving there from the Manor Ground in 2001. 

• The stadium has a capacity of 12,500. The record attendance is 12,243 which came in the final match of the 2005/06 season when they were relegated from the Football League following a defeat to Leyton Orient. 

• Manager Chris Wilder played for 11 clubs during his career which spanned from 1886 to 2001. 

• Wilder began his managerial career with Alfreton Town and during the 27 weeks he was in charge they won four trophies: the Northern Counties (East) League Premier Division, the League Cup, the President's Cup and the Derbyshire Senior Cup.

• He ended his career with Halifax Town and returned to manage the club in July 2002 following their relegation from the Conference. He remained with the club for six-years before departing following their liquidation on 30 June 2008.

• He subsequently joined Bury as assistant manager to Alan Knill but after just six months at Gigg Lane he was appointed as manager of Oxford United.
 
• The Us just missed out on a play-off place during his first season in charge and led the table by five points during his second but they were overtaken by Stevenage and had to settle for a play-off place.

• They beat Rushden and Diamonds to reach the play-off final and secured promotion to the Football League by beating York City 3-1. 

Last time out

Saturday 9 March
Npower League Two
Barnet 4-1 Morecambe
Barnet: Stack, Fuller, Johnson, Stephens, N’Gala, Byrne, Davids, Jenkins, Gambin, Vilhete (Yiadom 72), Lopez (Sykes 90).
Subs not used: Barnes, Brown, Kamdjo, N’Toko, Vose. 
Goals: Gambin 52, Lopez 65, 70 (pen), 87). 

Saturday 9 March
Npower League Two
Torquay United 1-3 Oxford United
Oxford United: McCormick, Batt, Raynes, Wright, Whing, Capaldi (Parker 9 (Heslop)), O’Brien, Rigg (Smalley 74), Davies, Constable, Potter.
Subs not used: Crocombe, Duberry, Worley, Craddock.
Goals: Constable 50, Batt 54 (pen), Hislop 90.

Previous meeting

20 November 2012

•  Barnet slipped back to the bottom of the Npower League Two table despite two goals from Jake Hyde earning a 2-2 draw against Oxford United at Underhill. Hyde opened the scoring with five minutes played but Sean Rigg levelled moments later when he smashed the ball past Graham Stack. Andy Whing headed the Us in front seconds after the restart with his first goal for the club but they were denied victory by Hyde who converted Ricky Holmes’ cross with 20 minutes to play. 

Barnet Football Club: Stackm Fuller, Brown, Kamdjo, Stephens, Pearce, Byrne, Yiadom, Nurse, Holmes (Lee 88), Hyde. 
Subs not used: Cowler, Fortune, Johnson, Edgar, Weston, Lowe.
Goal: Hyde 5, 70.

Oxford United: Clarke, Wright, Whing, Capaldi, Mullins, Chapman, Heslop (Pittman 60), Rigg, Leven, Constable, Potter.
Subs not used: Brown, Raynes, Worley, O’Brien, Forster-Caskey, Marsh. 
Goal: 6, 46.

Background

• Barnet have met Oxford United just eight times and they are yet to emerge on the winning side. 

• Oxford have won five times with three matches ending in a draw, last time out the match finish 2-2 at Underhill. 

• 17 days before that draw Oxford knocked Barnet out of the FA Cup with a 2-0 win.

• The sides first met on 1 October 2005, the match ended 0-0 at Underhill with Oxford winning the reverse fixture 2-0 on 15 April 2006.

Last six meetings (League Two unless stated)

20 November 2012 Barnet 2-2 Oxford United
03 November 2012 Barnet 0-2 Oxford United (FA Cup)
21 February 2012 Oxford United 2-1 Barnet
17 September 2011 Barnet 0-2 Oxford United
25 April 2011 Barnet 2-2 Oxford United
04 December 2010 Oxford United 2-1 Barnet

Overall record v (all competitions) W 0 D 3 L 5

Referee

• Tuesday’s referee is Mr Simon Hooper.
• Hooper has taken control of 30 games so far this season brandishing 81 yellow cards and four red. 

• He took charge of Oxford’s win over Accrington Stanley in the FA Cup but Tuesday will be his first Barnet match of the season. 

• Mr Hooper will be assisted by Graham Horwood and Nicholas Cooper, the fourth official will be Darren Blunden. 

General Information

• The weather forecast at the Kassam Stadium tonight will be partly cloudy with maximum temperatures of 1C.
 
• Tickets cannot be purchased on the gate but can be bought from the ticket office, booking in advance and collecting is advised. 

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