Football League World’s Sam Rourke will be live at the Kassam Stadium this afternoon as today sees the return of the A420 derby between Oxford United and Swindon Town.
Both clubs have endured a slow start to the 2020/21 League One campaign and are languishing in the lower echelons of the table, with the U’s in 18th place, and the Robins situated one place below them in 19th.
Oxford certainly have the better record between the two sides in this derby over the years, with the U’s winning five of their last six matches between them both, with Swindon’s only recent win coming on penalties in a Johnstone’s Paint Trophy match back in 2016.
John Sheridan’s Swindon head into this clash on the back of a defeat after they were downed 1-0 by Lincoln City at the County Ground, whilst Oxford drew last time out with Portsmouth at Fratton Park.
Karl Robinson’s side have no fresh injury concerns.
Matty Taylor, Marcus McGuane and Liam Kelly could potentially be in contention to be involved for the home side here, with Karl Robinson suggesting that he had one eye on today’s game in midweek.
Sam Winnall (hamstring) and Malachi Napa (knee) remain unavailable while Cameron Brannagan continues to recover from his eye problem.
As for Swindon, Tyler Smith and Diallang Jaiyesimi both return to the squad with Jonathan Grounds also returning to the squad following his suspension.
Swindon have not won a league match against Oxford since March 2001, with the last match between these two sides taking place in February 2017.
The U’s have kept a clean sheet in their last five home matches against Swindon in all competitions, also winning all five of their last five home matches against their A420 rivals.
Perhaps worryingly for Sheridan’s side, Swindon have failed to win in their last five matches away from home in League One.
A loss for either side could see them slip into the bottom-three given their poor respective goal-differences
Where to watch the game
The fixture will be available to watch on each club’s respective iFollow service with kick-off scheduled for 3pm.