Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Friday’s football game at Kassam Stadium pits together Oxford United and Derby County, the two teams who are level on points in the League One standings. The Yellows quickly bounced back from a 2-1 loss to Northampton, but they need to keep on improving their game if they are to make it to the playoffs. Barring any fresh injury concerns, Des Buckingham is unlikely to make changes to the team that won the Boxing Day clash.
The Rams, on the other hand, aim to build on back-to-back wins over Lincoln and Wigan. Derby County have been producing fine displays of late and they are surely capable of matching Oxford United at Kassam Stadium. Taking everything into account, we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw. There are no fresh injury worries in the visiting team ahead of the trip to Oxfordshire.
Highlighted Player (Conor Hourihane):
Conor Hourihane is an Irish footballer who plays for Barnsley. The midfielder was born on 2 February, 1991 and he started his youth career at Premier League club Sunderland. In 2011 he joined Plymouth Argyle and he spent three years at Home Park.
After scoring 15 goals in 125 appearances for the Pilgrims in 2014 Hourihane decided to take next big step in his career. On 23 June he signed a three-year deal with Barnsley for a fee of £250,000. In August he won the League One Player of the Month award and, no doubt, he made a flying start to his Barnsley career. Hourihane made 46 appearances for the Tykes in the 2014/2015 League One campaign, scoring 15 goals and he certainly helped the team return to the Championship.
The Irish midfielder has eight caps for the U-21 team. His main position is central midfield, but he is capable of playing as defensive and left midfielder as well. Conor Hourihane is a right-footed footballer.
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.