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31 January 2017

Match Previews


31 January 2017

OXFORD UNITED (AWAY) - Checkatrade Trophy Quarter-Final, Tuesday 31 January 2017, Kassam Stadium, kick off 7:45pm

Following last week's postponement, Stuart McCall's Bantams travel south to Oxford once again this Tuesday for their rearranged Checkatrade Trophy quarter-final tie at the Kassam Stadium.

The winners of this evening's tie will face a trip to either Luton Town or Yeovil Town in the semi-finals.

The Bantams will head into take two of their Checkatrade Trophy tie with Oxford buoyed by Saturday's win at Oldham Athletic in Sky Bet League One.

Oxford themselves will also be in confident mood, however, following their impressive 3-0 win over Newcastle United in the Emirates FA Cup on the same day.

Team News

Oxford United
Recent loan signing Toni Martinez will be sidelined for this Tuesday's rearranged tie despite his goalscoring debut at the weekend.

Martinez netted Oxford's third in their fourth round success over Newcastle after recently joining from West Ham United, but he is ineligible for the Checkatrade Trophy.

Following Saturday's impressive victory over the Magpies, Oxford could be tempted into making changes for the visit of the Bantams in an attempt to freshen things up slightly.

Liam Sercombe, Joe Rothwell and Charlie Raglan could all be included in Oxford's starting XI for the tie.

Defenders Sam Long (knee) and Christian Ribiero (ankle) made their return from injury during a friendly with Vancouver Whitecaps at the start of this week.

Former Bantams loanee Wes Thomas is ruled out for the rest of the season with an Achilles injury.

Fellow forward Ryan Taylor departed the club for Plymouth Argyle on Monday.

Alex MacDonald is another player to recently leave the Kassam Stadium; the winger agreeing to cancel his Oxford contract this Tuesday.

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.

Alex Jones and Alex Gilliead are both cup-tied.

Matthew Kilgallon is sidelined following surgery over the weekend to repair a damaged pectoral muscle, while Nathaniel Knight-Percival (ankle) and Filipe Morais (calf) are also unavailable.

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

Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round
Saturday 28 January 2017 
Newcastle United 0
Oxford United 3 (Hemmings 46, Nelson 79, Martinez 87)

OXFORD UNITED LINE UP: Eastwood, Edwards, Dunkley, Nelson, Skarz, Maguire (Martinez 70), Ledson, Lundstram, Johnson, Hall, Hemmings (Sercombe 83)

Subs not used: Agboola, MacDonald, Ruffels, Rothwell, 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

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. 

All match tickets from the original tie last week will be valid for Tuesday's rearranged tie.

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/AMBER/AMBER

This Tuesday's tie will be Mr Whitestone's thirtieth 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.

The Northamptonshire-based referee was also due to officiate last Tuesday's original tie until the postponement due the freezing conditions.

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.


.21/10 to defeat Oxford and secure their progression into the semi-finals of the Checkatrade Trophy. The draw after ninety minutes is currently priced at 15/8McCall's men are available at


 to score the opening goal.13/2, 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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