Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Sunderland are on a quest to return to the Championship. The Black Cats were producing fine performances in the 2018/2019 League One season, but they eventually missed out on automatic qualification to the English second tier. Sunderland were struggling in front of goal in pre-season, with the team failing to find the net in last three warm-up games and, no doubt, they are determined to put an end to the negative trend.
Jack Ross’ troops aim to make a flying start to the season and seeing that Oxford United are not regarded as good travelers, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the hosts. Sunderland are undefeated in previous six meetings with Oxford United in all competitions, which is yet another reason why we are tempted to put our money on the promotion-chasing club. A man to keep an eye on in the home team will be experienced attacker Chris Maguire, who is likely to pose a big threat for the opposition defenders.
Highlighted Player (Will Grigg):
Wighan Athletic striker Will Grigg became a viral sensation during the European Championship in France but the chances are any avid football fan will have been well aware of his goalscoring exploits even before 2016. The 27-year-old forward began his career at Stratford Town but it was in Walsall that the world took notice of his presence after 27 goals in 99 performances for the club.
He first came to prominence during the 2012/13 season when he was voted the club’s Player of the Season and Players’ Player of the Season, but a loan spell at Milton Keynes Dons during his rather unfortunate two-year spell over at Brentford proved crucial for his career.
The total of 20 goals in 44 appearances at Stadium MK was where Wigan Athletic noticed the Northern Ireland man and moved in to sign him on a three year contract for a £1 million fee in 2015. ‘Will Grigg’s on Fire’ was the hit song of the Euro 2016 even though the Northern Ireland striker ended up not getting a chance to make a bow in the tournament.
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.