Oxford United face AFC Wimbledon at Plough Lane tonight as they go head to head in League One.
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This will be the 22nd meeting between the two sides, with the first coming in 2011, in which Oxford came out 2-0 winners.
The Yellow’s have a good record against Wimbledon, having lost on just four occasions whilst coming out on top 14 times.
The two sides have already met three times this season, twice in cup competitions and once in the league.
They first game was a draw but Oxford won the league game 2-0 before beating them in the EFL Trophy 3-1.
How will tonight’s game play out, though?
Oxford United Form
The Yellows came from 2-0 down and scored three goals in the final 15 minutes to beat Gillingham 3-2 on Saturday.
A Sam Long goal in the 93rd minute saw Oxford rise into a play-off spot after their third win on the bounce.
They have won four of their last six games, accumulating 12 points. That means they currently sit in fourth place in the form table.
AFC Wimbledon Form
Wimbledon continued their high scoring form after they beat Swindon Town 4-1 at the weekend.
They have now scored 12 goals in their last three games and have picked up 12 points from their last six games. Mark Robinson’s side now find themselves in third place in the form table.
They have also won each of their last two on home soil and have lost just once in their last five at Plough Lane.
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1. Will Oxford United score? Yes
Karl Robinson’s side have scored at least one goal in each of their last six games.
It’s not often that they fail to score in matches either, having scored in 62% of their away games this season.
As well as that, Wimbledon have struggled to keep the ball out of their net at Plough Lane, keeping just four games in 20 games.
2. Will Oxford United score in the first half? Yes
The Yellows failed to find the net in the opening 45 minutes at the weekend, however, they did do it in their previous five matches.
They have found the net in the first half in just 43% of their away games so far this campaign.
As well as that, Wimbledon have conceded 14 from 20, which is an average of 0.7 goals against per first period at home.
3. Will Oxford United score in the second half? Yes
The three goals that Oxford all scored came within the final 15 minutes of the game.
It was no surprise, though. They have scored 21 goals from 21, which averages a goal per second half on the road.
As well as that, Wimbledon have kept a clean sheet in the second period in just 30% of their home games this season.
4. How many goals will Oxford United score? 2
The U’s have been in good goalscoring form recently, having scored 13 goals in their last three games.
It wouldn’t be too much of a shock for them to score exactly two goals either, doing so in 19% of their away games.
As well as that, Wimbledon have conceded more goals when they play at home compared to when they play away, albeit by one.
With 32 goals conceded in 20 matches, they are currently averaging 1.6 goals against per home game.
5. Will Oxford United keep a cleansheet? No
Oxford aren’t the only team who have scored plenty of goals in their last few matches, with 12 in their last three.
It’s not often that they fail to score when they play at home as well, scoring in 70% of their games at Plough Lane this season.
Oxford have struggled to keep clean sheets on the road, keeping just four of them from 21 games.
6. How many shots on target will Oxford United have? 4+
Robinson’s side had 15 shots in the game against Gillingham, testing Jack Bonham with five of them.
They have now hit the target 209 times this campaign, which means they are currently averaging 4.98 shots on goal per game.
There have been three keepers that Wimbledon have turned to, with none of them playing more than 19 games.
Between them, they have faced 163 shots on their goal. That’s an average of 3.97 shots on target against per game.
- How many goals will Matty Taylor score? 0
- How many goals will Sam Long score? 0
- Will Josh Ruffels assist a goal? No
- Will Cameron Brannagan assist a goal? No
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