Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Doncaster Rovers will look to make amends for the FA Cup loss to Mansfield when they take on Oxford United in the League One round 21. The Donny are stuck in the relegation zone, with the team eyeing their first league win since October 23 when they defeated Cheltenham at home ground. Doncaster’s injury list is pretty long, with all Close, John, Williams, Bostock, Gardner, Seaman, Vilca, and Okenabirhie missing the midweek clash.
The Yellows, on the other hand, head into the match following a 1-1 draw with Sunderland. Oxford United are only one point behind the playoffs berth, and they should take advantage of Doncaster’s poor form. Sam Winnall and Gorrin should be the only absentees in the away side. In their last meeting in the League One Oxford United rolled over Doncaster Rovers 3-0.
Highlighted Player (Reece James):
Reece James is a talented Chelsea defender who plays for Wigan Athletic on loan. Born in Redbridge, England on December 8, 1999, James started his youth career at Chelsea football academy at the age of 6. The talented teenager played for England U18 and U19 teams and he currently represents the U20 team on the international stage.
Reece James scored 3 goals in 45 appearances for Wigan in the 2018/2019 Championship campaign, but that did not help the Latics avoid relegation to the League One. His numbers from the 2018/2019 season are impressive as he completed 91 successful tackles, 54 blocks, 44 successful dribbles and 93 clearances.
James, on the other hand, has yet to find the net for the England U20 national team. His main position is right back, but he is capable of playing as both centre-back and defensive midfielder as well. Reece James turned professional in March 2017.
Highlighted Team (Oxford United):
Oxford United are one of the oldest clubs in the League One as they were founded back in 1893. However, Oxford United adopted their current name 67 years later and have been playing under it ever since.
Over the years the Yellows have built a great rivalry with Swindon Town and there have always been fireworks in clashes between the two sides. Oxford United play home matches at Kassam Stadium, the venue with the capacity of 12,500. The stadium was built in 1997 and has been Oxford United’s home ground ever since. The Boys from Up the Hill are well known for their yellow and blue colours, but they play their away games in dark blue (with a little yellow) or black kits.
Oxford’s player with the most league appearances is John Shuker, playing 478 games for the club from 1962 to 1977. On the other hand, Jim Magilton is the club’s most capped player in internationals, playing 18 games for Northern Ireland.