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Preview: Oxford United

9 August 2013

All you need to know ahead of Saturdays game at Oxford

Oxford United v Bury
Sky Bet League Two
Sat, 10 August 2013 – 3:00pm

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Pre-Match Links: Opposition Web Site | Directions | First time visitor Guide | Ticket Prices | Latest Betting Odds | The Manager – Video – Text | Oxford United Manager – Chris Wilder (Video)

In-Game Links: Full Match Commentary | Cover it Live Console

Social Media:  Facebook | Twitter (Bury FC Official) | Twitter (Shakers Player) | YouTube

Full Team News will be live on the main site as soon as we receive the team sheet

Team News – Bury:  The 2010/11 promotion season for the Shakers began with a first game of the season at the Kassam Stadium.  Oxford were celebrating the arrival back into the football league, whilst the Shakers travelled South hoping for a good season.

According to one website this morning, that first game of the season saw Bury teach a footballing lesson to Oxford and the trip back up North seemed that much better with three points in the bag. 

Fast forward three years and we travel to the Kassam Stadium for Oxford’s first home game of the season.  Oxford are a team on the up with experience on and off the field, whilst the Shakers are still in the euphoric state of survival.  Not just as a football club, but as a business in general.

The Shakers departed Gigg Lane at lunchtime, a brief training session for the gaffer to work through his game plan and the lads set off for their Oxford based hotel for the night.

The confidence gained in the 3-2 win over Crewe on Tuesday evening has been bottled and will be unleashed when they arrive in the dressing room at the Kassam Stadium.  The performance alone brings a renewed confidence to supporters; a fast free flowing game entertained those that saw it.

When Crewe took the lead on Tuesday night, everyone there waited for the visitors to increase their lead.  Kevin Blackwell and his players though had other ideas.  The bad reaction to conceding against Chesterfield had gone, worked out of the system.  Instead the players took the game to Crewe and within 15 minutes – had taken the lead with an excellent strike from Shaun Beeley and a Shaun Harrad penalty.  We never really looked back and looked in control of the game moments after Crewe had scored.


There’s a good belief in this side, the manager says it will get better – it may have already started.  Players and staff alike have a spring in their step, confidence is good, and morale is good.  The trip back up North following Saturday’s game may be a knowledgeable one – we’ll all have a better idea on just exactly where this roller coaster of a season is taking us.


With no injuries to report, a fully fit squad boarded the team bus for the trip to Oxford.  Belief is a major part of the game these days, and the bus heading South on the M6 is full of belief….


Team News – Oxford United:  Oxford United boss seeks gains on the home front

PULL up the drawbridge and man the ramparts, it’s time to make the Kassam Stadium a fortress.  That’s the aim for Oxford United, starting against Bury tomorrow afternoon.


Of all the areas manager Chris Wilder is looking to improve upon from last season, the most obvious is form at home.  While the U’s were more successful on the road than all four sides who contested the play-offs, their challenge was undone by leaking too many points in front of their own fans.


Just nine wins from 23 league fixtures meant the Kassam was a happy hunting ground for several of their rivals.  Wilder is well aware of the need to avoid a repeat in this campaign.


“We weren’t consistent enough at home and didn’t pick up enough points,” he said.  “I think Burton and Northampton would say they got into the play-offs purely on their home form.  I think we’re a decent away side, we can tactically set up to be good on the road because we have players who can hurt teams on the counter-attack.  I thought our away record last year was pretty sound.


“But you always want as a club to have a strong home record because that’s where the majority of your supporters see you.  You want to make sure that you’re right at home and win games consistently.”


Last season’s top three lost 20 home games between them, so setbacks will happen, but the key for Wilder is making sure teams have to do something special to leave with the points.


“They will have to walk out of the door thinking ‘we’ve had to really work unbelievably hard and been unbelievably fortunate to win there’,” the United boss said.  “That was something we spoke about, even in the two home friendlies.  Any team that comes here in any game will have to have played well, worked extremely hard and had the bounce of the ball.  We don’t want to be giving cheap points away – it’s important that message is sent out from the player’s right from the start.”


Source: Oxford Mail


Form Guide (Last six games):  Form used is from each clubs last six games.  As no games have yet been played, there is no form…

Tipsters Sky Bet Picks:  Can you beat the tipster and make a small fortune; we've given our tipping expert £20, on the condition that he makes five bets of £4.00 each and only on Bury game's. Tipsters top tips for the game with Chesterfield are:-


Click here to go straight to our Shakers Sky Bet site


Bet 1: Bury to win the game - on offer now at 7/2 - a £4.00 stake will bring a return (including your stake) of £18.00


Bet 2: Craig Jones to score the first goal - available now at 16/1 - a £4.00 stake will bring a return (including your stake) of £68.00


Bet 3: Oxford United 1 Bury 2 - currently at 12/1- a £4.00 stake will bring a return (including your stake) of £52.00


Bet 4: Combine all the above, Craig Jones 1st goal and a 2-1 win - it's worth a bet now at 130/1- a £4.00 stake will bring a return (including your stake) of £524.00


Bet 5: Gareth Roberts to score anytime - on offer now at 20/1 - a £4.00 stake will bring a return (including your stake) of £84.00


Follow the tipster on all of the above and you could make a total return of £746.00 - The above is just five options from 100's, follow the links to log onto our Sky Bet betting site.


Can you beat the tipster, let us know if you do....


Any bet you make using our Sky bet site, win or lose, will benefit the Shakers


The Referee:  Saturdays referee is Mr James Linington from Newport

James last involvement in a Bury game was way back on Sat 22 Oct 2011, a League One game at Bournemouth which the shakers took all three points with a 2-1 win thanks to goals from Giles Coke and Andy Bishop.  Three yellow cards were shown during the game.


His last game was on Tuesday evening when he took charge of the Capital One Cup game between Millwall and AFC Wimbledon.  Millwall won the game 2-1 and no cards were shown.

Ticket & Travel Guide:  Ticket Prices - Directions

Website Coverage:  Full match commentary will be available from the Kassam Stadium, login to 'Shakers Player' for the full game. Listen to Gordon Sorfleet and Maurice Dickson for full match commentary. Commentary will begin around five minutes before kick off

Contact the commentary team by using the ‘Cover it Live’ Console – or via twitter using @shakersplayer

Video reaction from the manager and any key players from the game as well as our match report will be live late at some point on Saturday Evening, whilst Martin Ogden's Match Action Images will be live on our official Facebook page late on Saturday evening.

EXTENDED VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS – from the game will be live on 'Shakers Player' at some point on Sunday.  Goal highlights will also be live on our official YouTube Channel at some point on Sunday

Social Media Coverage:  We will be tweeting updates from the game via our official Twitter account @buryfcofficial.  If you wish to contact the commentary team, then please use @shakersplayer twitter account

Finally:  Be loud, be proud and support the lads – enjoy the game


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