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Match preview: Fleetwood Town v Oxford United

27 October 2017

Fleetwood Town look to return to winning ways as they host Oxford United at Highbury in Sky Bet League One.

Uwe Rosler’s side fell to a 1-0 defeat to league leaders Shrewsbury last time out and will be keen to put things right against United.

Oxford were left frustrated as Rotherham pegged them back to a 3-3 draw in an entertaining game at the Kassam Stadium, despite Pep Clotet’s side being 3-1 up.

Town chief Uwe Rosler says…

"I know they [Oxford] won't just come here to try and deny us, we know they are consistent whether they are playing at home or away and they believe in their methods.

"They play good football to watch, it's effective football with great players across the pitch.

"They've brought in Premier League players, Championship players and players I have worked with [Alex Mowatt]. Pep Clotet is a good manager and his team will be a force to reckoned with this season.

"I believe the longer the season goes on, Oxford will get better and better."

Oxford manager Pep Clotet says…

Winning at Highbury Stadium would represent a "huge step forward". 

"It's going to be very tough. Uwe Rosler's (Fleetwood Manager) teams are very well organised, really hard working. They do the right things, try to avoid making mistakes and wait for the moment in the game. They are good going forward as well.

"It's going to be a huge challenge when it comes to keeping the right focus, intensity and mentality to stay in the game. It's going to be 90 minutes of really hard work out there."

Team News

The Cod Army are boosted by the return of defender Cian Bolger after he served his one match suspension last time out.

Jonathan Obika should return for the Oxfordshire outfit having struggled with injuries since the start of the season. Curacao international Gino van Kessel is still out with a hamstring injury. 

The One To Watch

Striker Wes Thomas is Oxford’s top scorer this season with five goals in all competitions. The ex-Birmingham City striker has excelled himself in League One this term after missing most of last season with an achilles injury. He had previously had loan spells with Swindon Town and Bradford City in recent seasons and has scored some big goals for the U’s this season. 

We’ve Met Before

Fleetwood have a good record against Oxford, having won five of the six times the two team’s have played, with the other being a draw.

Last time out, at the Kassam Stadium, Bobby Grant, Ashley Eastham and David Ball all scored as Fleetwood ran out 3-1 winners on a Wednesday night this April

Fancy a Flutter?

Sky Bet have a Fleetwood win priced up at 8/5, while our opponents are placed at 17/10 to win the contest. A draw is priced at 9/4.

The last time Fleetwood hosted Oxford the result was 2-0 to the home side, and a repeat of that result currently sits at 11/1. The same score line for the visitors sees the price rise to 12/1.

Think you know who is going to score? Conor McAleny, Ashley Hunter or Wes Burns to score in 90 minutes all sit at 9/4, or if you think we’re due a goal from defence, you can bet on Eastham to repeat his scoring record against Oxford at 28/1.

Devante Cole tops the Fleetwood Town scoring charts this term, so for him and his opposition striker Thomas both to net has been priced at 5/1.

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