Burton Albion face Oxford United at the Kassam Stadium this weekend as they go head to head in League One.
Tom Pearce, OUFC Picks Predictor (@tompearce97)
Oxford could still make the play-offs with a win, or even a draw, just as long as they better Portsmouth’s result.
This will be the 17th meeting between the two sides, with the first coming in 2010 in a game that ended 0-0.
The Yellows have come out on top against The Brewers on four occasions, whilst losing six times.
That includes the reverse fixture in which Oxford ran out 5-1 winners, but how will Sunday’s game play out?
Oxford United Form
Dan Agyei claimed all three points for Oxford with a goal in the final five minutes, as they beat Shrewsbury 3-2 away from home.
They have now won five of their last six games, accumulating 15 points from 18. That means they currently sit in second place in the form table.
Karl Robinson’s side have also won their last three games at the Kassam Stadium, whilst losing just two of their last seven at home.
Burton Albion Form
A Ryan Broom goal in the dying embers of the game saw Burton draw 1-1 at home to Gillingham last time out.
They have won just two of their last six games, picking up nine points from a possible 18. They now find themselves in 11th in the form table.
Burton have been excellent on the road since Hasselbaink took over, though, and haven’t lost an away game under him this campaign.
Our Picks For OUFC Picks – Oxford United v Burton Albion
1. Will Oxford United beat Burton Albion? Yes
Everything is still to play for, for Robinson’s side as a place in the top six is up for grabs, depending on results elsewhere.
Due to this and the fact that Burton have nothing to play for, Oxford should take all three points on Sunday.
2. Will Oxford United score in the first half? No
Elliot Lee put Oxford ahead after just three minutes at the weekend, however, it’s unlikely that they’ll score in the opening 45 minutes on Sunday.
Whilst they have scored in the first half in 55% of their home games this season, Burton are tricky customers.
With just 11 goals conceded from 22, The Brewers are currently averaging just 0.5 goals against per first period on the road.
3. Will Oxford United score in the second half? Yes
The U’s have scored more in the second 45 minutes than they have in the first when at home.
In fact, they have scored 19 from 22, which is an average of 0.86 goals scored per second half when at the Kassam Stadium.
As well as that, Burton have failed to keep a clean sheet in the second period in 59% of their away games this campaign.
4. How many goals will Oxford United score? 2
Robinson’s side scored three last time out to win the game, although they left it to grab the third.
It’s not too often that they do score exactly two either, having done it in 18% of their home games this season.
Meanwhile, with seven clean sheets and 27 goals conceded from 22 matches, Burton are averaging 1.23 goals against per away game.
5. How many shots on target will Oxford United have? 4+
Oxford had 16 shots against Shrewsbury at the weekend, testing Harry Burgoyne with five of them.
They have now hit the target 226 times this season, which is an average 5.02 shots on goal per game.
Ben Garratt and Kieran O’Hara have shared the minutes in the Burton goal this campaign.
Between them, they have faced 181 attempts on their goal. That’s an average of 4.02 shots on target against per 90.
6. How many corners will Oxford United be awarded? 4+
The Yellows won six corners at the weekend, meaning they have now won 259 of them this season. That’s an average of 5.75 awarded per game.
From the 45 league games that Oxford have played, they have won four or more corners in 36 of them.
As well as that, in the reverse fixture back in January, Robinson’s side were awarded four corners throughout the game.
- How many saves will Oxford United goalkeepers make? 3
- Will Oxford United keep a clean sheet? No
- Will M. Taylor score? Yes
- Will C. Brannagan assist a goal? No
- How many tackles will R. Atkinson make? 1
- How many shots on target will E. Lee have? 1
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