Oxford United face Blackpool at Bloomfield Road on Friday night as they go head to head in the play-off semi-final second-leg.
This will be the 37th meeting between the two sides, with the first coming in 1968, a game which ended a 0-0 draw.
It was a very disappointing night for The Yellow’s in the first leg as they were comfortably beaten 3-0 on Tuesday night.
How will Friday’s game play out, though?
Our Picks For OUFC Picks – Blackpool V Oxford United
1. Will Oxford United beat Blackpool? No
It will take something momunemtal for Oxford to make the final now after the disappointing result on Tuesday.
Karl Robinson’s side will be low on confidence, whereas Blackpool will be full of it, so another Blackpool win is likely.
2. Will Oxford United score in the first half? No
Obviously, Oxford failed to score at all in the first leg and it’s unlikely that they’ll score in the opening 45 on Friday night.
That’s due to the fact that The U’s have failed to score in the first half in 57% of their away games this campaign.
As well as that, Blackpool have conceded just nine from 23, averaging 0.39 goals against per first period at home.
3. Will Oxford United score in the second half? No
The Yellow’s have a much better record in the closing 45 minutes than they do in the opening 45.
With 24 goals scored from 23, they are currently averaging 1.04 goals scored per second half on the road.
The thing is, Blackpool have kept a clean sheet in the second period in 65% of their home games this season.
4. Will Oxford United keep a clean sheet? No
It was really poor last time out and they will have to keep a clean sheet if there’s any glimmer of hope of progressing to the final.
With just four clean sheets and 35 goals conceded from 23 matches, they are averaging 1.52 goals against per away game.
Blackpool usually score when they play at home as well, failing to do so in just 22% of their games at Bloomfield Road this campaign.
5. How many goals will Oxford United score? 0
Robinson’s side failed to find the net on Tuesday and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them shoot a blank again on Friday.
That’s due to the fact that they have failed to score in 35% of their away games this season.
Also, with 12 clean sheets and 18 goals conceded from 23 matches, Blackpool are averaging 0.78 goals against per home game.
6. How many goals will Oxford United concede? 1
Blackpool don’t need to come out and score and the first goal in this game is so important, if they get it then there is no hope for Oxford.
As previously mentioned, Robinson’s side are currently averaging 1.52 goals against per away game.
It wouldn’t be the first time Blackpool will have scored exactly one goal, either, doing so in 43% of their home games this campaign.
- How many goals will Matty Taylor score? 0
- Will Joe Ruffles assist a goal? No
- Will Olamide Shodipo score? No
- Will James Henry assist a goal? No
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