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Preview: Oxford v Bolton

Oxford United
vs.
Bolton Wanderers

Kassam Stadium

21 March

7.45pm

On Sky

Now in the top two, Bolton get to entertain the nation tomorrow night as they travel to Oxford for a live televised match, and look to extend their advantage over a chasing pack.

It could be another tough scrap though. Oxford are one of those teams which can turn it on, epitomised by the reverse fixture in fact, when the Yellows left us red-faced and frankly outclassed us taking away all three points in a 2-0 win. On the positive side, we are a lot better now than were there at that point in time.

A four point gap at 9.45pm would go down very, very well indeed.

Vital Quotes:

"It has to be ruthless and professional…We need to run ourselves into the ground again because there is plenty of time to rest in the summer."

Parkinson in the Bolton News

Oxford United Team News:

Arguably their brightest talent, Ryan Ledson will be missing for the hosts, as he is on international duty with the England Under 20 side. Apparently changes will be made from their last game, as Michael Appleton has picked the next few sides in advance with rotation in mind. We had a manager who did that. Forgot his name.

One returnee is Cristian Ribeiro, who had a hip injury

Player to watch: Chris Maguire

Hard to pick a standout player in Ledson`s absence, but in Maguire they have a player with lots of experience in the division above. He has 14 league goals since joining just over a year ago, and a decent-enough nine this season so far.

Bolton Wanderers Team News:

I would expect an unchanged team again. It`s not broken at the moment, unless Spearing replaces someone in midfield.

Player to watch: Adam Le Fondre

He seems to have clicked now. It took a while, but striking from the spot on Saturday meant that was his fourth goal in three games. He seems to be stirring at the right moment.

Match Facts & Stats

Bolton`s last visit to Oxford was in April 1999, a Division 1 fixture which finished goalless.

Bolton have 11 points from their last six games, compared to Oxford`s haul of nine.

Oxford have won 8, drawn 4 and lost 6 of their games at home in the league. Bolton have won 8, drawn 3 and lost 5 away.

Bolton have conceded the fewest away goals in the league, but our clean sheet last Tuesday was the first away since November`s win at Northampton. But we have five away clean sheets overall.

Match Prediction:

I will go for a 1-1 draw. I was impressed by Oxford back in October, so don`t feel overly confident in saying we`ll beat them!

Next Fixtures:

We are away to Shrewsbury on Saturday, before hosting Chesterfield the following weekend.


Writer:Anthony Hart
Date:Monday March 20 2017
Time: 10:14PM

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C Sheff Utd 45 29 10 6 97 44
2 Bolton 45 24 11 10 83 29
3 Fleetwood 45 23 12 10 81 21
4 Scunthorpe 45 23 10 12 79 24
5 Bradford 45 20 18 7 78 19
6 Millwall 45 19 13 13 70 8
7 Southend 45 19 12 14 69 16
8 Rochdale 45 19 11 15 68 9
9 Oxford 45 19 9 17 66 11
10 Bristol Rovers 45 18 12 15 66 -1
11 Peterborough 45 17 11 17 62 3
12 MK Dons 45 15 13 17 58 -1
13 Walsall 45 14 16 15 58 -4
14 Charlton 45 13 18 14 57 4
15 Wimbledon 45 13 17 15 56 -3
16 Northampton 45 14 10 21 52 -13
17 Oldham 45 12 16 17 52 -13
18 Shrewsbury 45 13 12 20 51 -15
19 Bury 45 13 11 21 50 -11
20 Gillingham 45 12 13 20 49 -20
21 Port Vale 45 12 12 21 48 -25
R Swindon 45 11 11 23 44 -19
R Coventry 45 9 12 24 39 -29
R Chesterfield 45 9 10 26 37 -34
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