Match Preview :- Oxford City - Saturday November 22nd, 2014 (15:00:00)

On Saturday, Celtic face Oxford for the second time in a fortnight, this time with them coming to us. They are currently eighth in the table on twenty-eight points, fifteen points and thirteen places ahead of Celtic, having played two games more. There will be a match centre for this game.

Oxford's away record, up until recently, has been extraordinary, winning five of their opening eight away matches, and drawing one other. Harrogate and Guiseley both beat them on the road, but they did beat Solihull and Boston on the road, the latter by a margin of 7-2! This would have been the league record for an away win, had it not been for the preceding game Oxford played when they lost away at AFC Fylde 8-1! More recent results have put a dent in Oxford's away record and with three losses on the road in the last four, their away form has dropped to sixth in the form table when they were second.

Last season, Oxford avoided relegation by the resignation of Vauxhall Motors, when they finished twentieth on thirty-two points, one place and two points behind Celtic.

This season, their top scorer is Adi Yussuf, who has ten goals so far, making him joint second in the overall league scorers chart, two goals behind Omar Bogle of Solihull Moors. Unsurprisingly most of their goals have been scored away from home, with twenty-five scored on the road, to eleven at home. Away from home, if they are not winning at half time, they have lost every match.

Oxford will be without defender Declan Benjamin, who is suspended for the match, but otherwise have a full squad to choose from. In their last match, the 2-1 home win over Brackley Town, they lined up as:
1. Mark Scott
2. Lee Henderson
3. Paul Stonehouse
4. Ander Del Alamo
5. Josetxo Lapoujade
6. Alesandro Santiago
7. Kayden Jackson
8. Darren Pond
9. Adi Yussef
10. Javi Rodriguez
11. Tom Winters

Celtic will be hoping to build on the good showing at Barrow, an away game to champions elect that we lost 1-0 despite playing with ten men for an hour. In that match, we lined up as:
1. Lewis King
2. Kelvin Bleau
3. Matt Regan
4. Todd Jordan
5. Matty Hughes
6. Stefan Galinski
7. Alex Mudimu
8. James Cadman
9. Ben McKenna
10. Aidan Chippendale
11. Liam Dickinson

A win for Celtic on Saturday could lift them out of the bottom three to the giddy heights of eighteenth, a loss could mean that we start to lose touch with those above the relegation spots.

Other matches on Saturday:
AFC Fylde (32pts 3rd) v Stockport County (29pts 6th)
Brackley Town (16pts 18th) v Bradford Park Avenue (17pts 17th)
Chorley (31pts 4th) v Hyde (7pts 22nd)
Colwyn Bay (21pts 14th) v Gloucester City (15pts 20th)
Guiseley (35pts 2nd) v Barrow (36pts 1st)
Harrogate Town (22pts 12th) v Worcester City (24pts 11th)
Hednesford Town (9pts 26th) v Tamworth (15pts 19th)
Leamington FC (18pts 16th) v Boston United (29pts 7th)
Lowestoft Town (20pts 15th) v North Ferriby United (25pts 10th)
Solihull Moors (30pts 5th) v Gainsborough Trinity (22pts 13th)

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