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24 January 2017

Match Previews


24 January 2017

OXFORD UNITED (AWAY) - Checkatrade Trophy Quarter-Final, Tuesday 24 January 2017, Kassam Stadium, kick off 7:45pm

The Bantams travel south to Oxford this Tuesday for their Checkatrade Trophy quarter-final tie at the Kassam Stadium.

The winners of this evening's tie will move to within one match of a place in the grand final at Wembley in April.

The Oxford game will also be City's second Checkatrade Trophy tie in just over a week following the 1-0 victory over Cheltenham Town last Tuesday.

Oxford secured their own place in the quarter-finals with an impressive 4-1 home victory over Scunthorpe United in the previous round.

Team News

Oxford United
New loan signing Toni Martinez will have to wait for his Oxford debut despite completing a temporary move to the Kassam Stadium this Monday.

Martinez has joined from West Ham United but he is ineligible for the Checkatrade Trophy.

With an important Emirates FA Cup fourth round tie at home to Newcastle United coming up this Saturday for The U's, Oxford could be tempted into making changes for the visit of the Bantams.

Liam Sercombe, Alex MacDonald, Charlie Raglan and Kane Hemmings, who netted a hat-trick in the win over Scunthorpe in the previous round, could all be included in Oxford's starting XI.

Defenders Sam Long (knee) and Christian Ribiero (ankle) are back in training but still unavailable.

Bradford City
Tony McMahon will be sidelined for Tuesday's tie due to suspension after picking up two bookings already in this season's competition.

Matthew Kilgallon is ruled out after injuring his shoulder during Saturday's draw with Millwall, while James Hanson is also unavailable as he finalises a move to Sheffield United.

Alex Jones and Alex Gilliead are both cup-tied.

Previous Encounter
City suffered a frustrating injury-time defeat on their previous visit to Oxford's Kassam Stadium earlier this season.

The loss - City's first league defeat of the season - came thanks to Chris Maguire's ninety-first minute free-kick, securing a 1-0 win for the hosts back in October.

The Bantams could count themselves unlucky not to have taken the lead themselves ahead of Maguire's late winner, with Billy Clarke missing a penalty and Jordy Hiwula going close on two separate occasions.

Even after Maguire's dramatic free-kick goal, City saw a decent appeal for another spot-kick turned down in the last seconds of the game when Romain Vincelot tumbled in the box in the challenge of Charlie Raglan.

Last Time Out

Sky Bet League One
Saturday 21 January 2017
Oxford United 4 (Johnson 18, Hall 29, Taylor 53, Ledson 73)
Rochdale 0

OXFORD UNITED LINE UP: Eastwood, Edwards, Dunkley, Nelson, Skarz, Hall (Sercombe 74), Ledson, Lundstram (Rothwell 82), Johnson, Maguire, Taylor (Hemmings 75)

Subs not used: Stephens, MacDonald, Ruffels, Raglan

Previous Round

Scunthorpe United 1 (Williams pen 11)
Oxford United 4 (Johnson 19, Hemmings 23, 50 pen, 90+3
Checkatrade Trophy Round 3
Tuesday 10 January 2017

OXFORD UNITED LINE UP: Eastwood, Edwards, Skarz (Carroll 89), Dunkley, Johnson, Ruffels, Sercombe (Maguire 73), Hall, Rothwell, Hemmings, Taylor (Lundstram 81)

Subs not used: Stephens, Nelson, Ledson, Roberts

Pitch Inspection Passed
Despite some concerns over frost, the pitch at the Kassam Stadium has passed two recent inspections - one at 3:30pm on Monday afternoon and another at 9:30am on Tuesday morning.

Ticket News
City supporters will be able to pay on match-day for this Tuesday's Checkatrade Trophy quarter-final tie.

Tickets will be available on the night from the away ticket office adjacent to the away turnstiles.

Supporters will be able to purchase a ticket on the night for cash only. 

Admission prices will be:

Adults: £10.00   
Young Adults & Juniors (21 and Under): £5.00   
Seniors (Over 65): £5.00
Students with Valid ID: £5.00   
Accompanied Under 7s: FOC

Stadium address:

Grenoble Road 
Kassam Stadium 
Oxford United FC 

.HEREFor further stadium information, please click 

City's kit colours - BLACK/BLACK/BLACK

This Tuesday's tie will be Mr Whitestone's twenty-ninth game of the season.

The match official has already taken charge of one City game during the 16/17 campaign - the 2-0 home win over Shrewsbury Town back in October.

Checkatrade Trophy
Supporters are reminded that tonight's tie will go straight to penalties should scores be level after normal time.

There will be no extra time period or replay.

Both sides can named seven substitutes on their bench, although their starting line-ups must also include five out of their top eleven starters in league and cup so far this season.

Back the Bantams with Sky Bet

City supporters can back Stuart McCall's Bantams with Sky Bet when they travel to Oxford United this Tuesday.


.23/10 to defeat Oxford and secure their progression into the semi-finals of the Checkatrade Trophy. The draw after ninety minutes is currently priced at 17/10McCall's men are available at 


 to score the opening goal.6/1, while the returning Billy Clarke is also currently at 13/2The Bantams can be backed to win 1-0 at 


 to score at anytime throughout the match.9/4After scoring the winner for City in the previous round, Jordy Hiwula is City fans can place their bets for the Oxford match by clicking on the following link - 


There are as many as 70 different betting options with Sky Bet for Tuesday's tie.


Please note, all odds are subject to change.


For those unable to get to the Kassam Stadium on Tuesday evening, City supporters can follow live updates from the Oxford United match via the club's official Facebook and Twitter pages.Coverage          


Full audio match commentary of the Oxford game can be found via Bantams Player HD. Join Pulse 2's Jon Francis for match action and reaction from the game.


Bantams Player HD is also the place for post-match interviews from McCall and his players, plus extended match highlights over the coming days.

Supporters can subscribe to Bantams Player HD for as little as £4.49 per month.

The official website, Twitter and Facebook pages will also have post-match reaction from the City camp following the Oxford game.

Bantams Player HD - HERE
Facebook - HERE
Twitter - HERE

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