Oxford United welcome Blackpool to the Kassam Stadium tonight as they go head to head in the first leg of the playoffs semi-final.
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This will be the 36th meeting between the two sides, with the first coming in 1968, a game that finished 0-0.
This will be the third time that Oxford will have faced Blackpool this season, and they failed to beat them in both attempts.
Whilst they drew at Bloomfield Road, The U’s were beaten 2-0 when the two sides met at the Kassam Stadium.
How will tonight’s game play out, though?
Oxford United Form
Karl Robinson’s side had to win on the final day to make the playoffs and they made sure by beating Burton Albion 4-0.
They have won five of their last six games, picking up 15 points from a possible 18. They now find themselves top of the form table.
Oxford’s home form has been very good as well, having won each of their last four games at the Kassam Stadium.
The Tangerines ended the season on a high after they beat Bristol Rovers 1-0 at Bloomfield Road last time out.
Blackpool have now won four of their last six matches, accumulating 12 points from 18. That means they currently sit third in the form table.
They have won both of their last two away games, however, they went two games without a win on the road previous to that.
Our Picks For OUFC Picks – Oxford United v Blackpool
1. Will Oxford United beat Blackpool? Yes
This is not going to be an open, free-flowing goal frenzy as neither team will want to lose with what’s on the line.
Robinson’s side will be full of confidence, though, as they are coming into this game in great form.
It certainly won’t be easy, however, as Blackpool have been very good in the second half of the season.
2. Will Oxford United score in the first half? No
The Yellow’s put themselves in the driving seat last time out by scoring twice in the first half hour.
They have now found the net in the first half in 57% of their home games this campaign.
The thing is, Blackpool have conceded just seven goals from 23. That’s an average of 0.3 goals against per first period on the road.
3. Will Oxford United score in the second half? Yes
It certainly wouldn’t be a surprise to see Robinson’s side find the net in the closing 45 minutes tonight.
On reason is that they have scored 21 in 23, which is an average of 0.91 goals scored per second half at home.
It won’t be easy, though, as Blackpool have kept a clean sheet in the second period in 61% of their away games this season.
4. Will Oxford United keep a clean sheet? Yes
Oxford’s defensive record has been much better at the Kassam Stadium compared to when they play on the road.
With nine clean sheets and 21 goals conceded from 23 matches, they are currently averaging 0.91 goals against per home game.
As well as that, Blackpool have failed to find the net in almost a third of their away games this campaign.
5. How many goals will Oxford United score? 1
As previously mentioned, it won’t be a game full of goals, all you have to do is look at the Championship play-off games from last night, both games ended 1-0.
Oxford have scored 39 goals in 23 matches at Kassam Stadium, averaging 1.7 goals scored per home game.
As well as that, Blackpool have conceded exactly one goal in 29% of their away games this season.
6. How many goals will Oxford United concede? 0
The answer to question four basically sums this one up, with Oxford’s defensive record at home.
They have kept nine clean sheets and whilst Blackpool are averaging 1.3 goals scored per away game.
- How many shots on target will Oxford United have? 4+
- How many goals will Matty Taylor score? 1
- Will James Henry assist a goal? No
- Will Elliot Lee score? No
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