Oxford United face Shrewsbury Town at Montgomery Waters Meadow this weekend, as they go head to head in League One.
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This will be the 50th meeting between the two sides, with the first coming in 1965, in which Shrewsbury came out 1-0 winners.
The Yellows have a good recent record against The Shrews, having gone five games unbeaten against them, which includes four wins.
One of those wins came in the reverse fixture from just a couple of weeks ago, in which Oxford won the game 4-1.
Oxford United Form
Karl Robinson’s side have now won four of their last six games, which means they have picked up 12 points from a possible 16. They now find themselves in fifth in the form table.
Oxford’s recent away form isn’t great, though, as they have lost four of their last five games on the road.
Shrewsbury Town Form
Shrewsbury conceded after 11 minutes on Tuesday night which ended up being the only goal of the game, with Lincoln winning 1-0.
They have now lost four of their last six matches, accumulating just four points from 18. That means they currently find themselves in 20th in the form table.
They’re home form has been very poor recently as well, losing four of their last five games at Montgomery Waters Meadow.
Our Picks For OUFC Picks – Shrewsbury Town v Oxford United
1. Will Oxford United beat Shrewsbury Town? Yes
Despite the fact that Oxford’s away form has been poor recently, they need to win on Saturday to take the play-off push into the final game of the season.
Robinson’s side are in good form in general, though, which can’t be said for the hosts, so things do point to an away win.
2. Will Oxford United score in the first half? Yes
The Yellow’s went a goal to a good when Joe Edwards put it into his own net in the 29th minute.
It wasn’t too much of a surprise either. They have scored in the first half in 41% of their away games this campaign.
Meanwhile, Shrewsbury have conceded 16 from 21, which is an average of 0.76 goals against per first period at home.
3. Will Oxford United score in the second half? Yes
Matty Taylor added to Edwards’ OG when he fired two goals in, in the closing 45 minutes last time out.
They have an excellent record in the second 45 as well. With 22 goals from 22, they are averaging a goal per second half on the road.
It won’t be straight forward, though, as Shrewsbury have kept a clean sheet in the second period in almost half of their home matches this season.
4. Will Oxford United keep a clean sheet? No
Shrewsbury failed to score against Lincoln at the weekend, however, they found the net in the reverse fixture earlier this month.
The Yellows have kept just four clean sheets when they have played on the road in the league this season.
It’s not often that Shrewsbury shoot a blank either, failing to score in just 24% of their home games this campaign.
5. How many goals will Oxford United score? 2
The Yellow’s managed four goals in the game against The Salops a couple of weeks ago, but it won’t be the same on Saturday.
It wouldn’t be a surprise to see them score exactly two goals either, as they have done so in 23% of their games on the road.
Meanwhile, Shrewsbury have kept just three clean sheets whilst conceding 28 goals in 21 matches.
That means they are currently conceding 1.33 goals against each time they play at Montgomery Waters Meadow.
6. How many goals will Oxford United concede? 1
A Niall Ennis goal meant that Oxford failed to keep a clean sheet whilst conceding just the one goal against Plymouth.
They have conceded 33 goals from 22 games on the road this campaign, which is an average of 1.5 goals against per away game.
It certainly wouldn’t be a surprise to see Shrewsbury score just the one goal either. In fact, they have done that in almost half of their home games this season.
- How many goals will Matty Taylor score? 1
- How many assists will Mark Sykes have? 0
- Will Elliot Lee score? No
- Will Elliott Moore assist a goal? No
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