Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Top position in the standings will be at stake when Stevenage and Oxford United face each other in the League One derby. The Boro aim to build on a thrilling 3-0 win over Cheltenham Town, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry against the Yellows, who made a flying start to the season as well. There are no fresh injury worries in the home team, while midfielder Elliott List should be recalled to the starting XI after scoring a brace in the last league match.
Oxford United, on the other hand, aim to build on back-to-back wins over Fleetwood (3-0) and Exeter (3-0). Stevenage and Oxford United seem to be evenly matched at the moment and, taking everything into account, the share of spoils is on the horizon. Liam Manning is unlikely to make changes to the team that outplayed the Grecians at the weekend.
Highlighted Player (Jake Taylor):
Jake Taylor is a product of the Reading football academy who plays for Exeter City in the League Two. Taylor spent his youth career at Reading, and he continued wearing the blue and white shirt at senior level.
After scoring two goals in 31 appearances with the Royals in the league, the English footballer spent several seasons on loan at the likes of Aldershot Town, Exeter City, Cheltenham Town, Crawley Town, Leyton Orient, and Motherwell. In 2016 Jake Taylor returned to Exeter City, signing a permanent deal with the St James Park outfit.
Despite being born in Ascot, England, on December 1, 1991, Taylor represents Wales on the international stage. He has ten caps with the Wales U21 team, and he made his debut with the Dragons at the senior level in a 2-1 win over Cyprus on October 13, 2014. His primary position is central midfielder.
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.