AFC Wimbledon v Oxford United Betting Preview – 14/01/17

AFC Wimbledon v Oxford United Betting Preview – 14/01/17

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AFC Wimbledon v Oxford United Betting Preview – 14/01/17

In our AFC Wimbledon v Oxford United betting preview we look at the best possible bets between the two sides.

Michael Appleton’s Oxford United will be hoping to continue their positive run of games with a win away to Neal Ardley’s AFC Wimbledon at Kingsmeadow. AFC Wimbledon are thirteenth after being promoted to League One last season, looking set for a firm mid-table finish. Oxford United are a place above in twelfth and have enjoyed their form recently, winning or drawing most of their fixtures over the last three months.

Last season, AFC Wimbledon finished seventh in League Two to gain a place in the play-offs, managing to defeat Accrington Stanley and Plymouth Argyle, forcing a promotion to League One. Their first six months have shown that they’ve made the most of the massive opportunity, blending in well to facing all other sides in the division and spending most of their time solidly in mid-table, assuring their place in the division for even more improvement next season. The Dons currently have eight wins and nine draws from twenty-five games, which is a stable set of results considering they’re new to the league. The strike partnership of Dominic Poleon, Tom Elliot and Lyle Taylor has made a massive impact in their campaign, scoring a combined thirty-two goals over all competition.

Taking on National League side Sutton United in the third round of the FA Cup, it was assumed that Neal Ardley’s sign would see no problem in easing past the side, especially with them sitting two divisions below them. Things didn’t go at all to plan though, with Wimbledon having to protect themselves for the entire game as they faced a strong Sutton attack. Their opposition were constantly trying to take the lead, only stopped by their own faults of missing the target or making an inaccurate final pass. In response, The Dons had very few worthy attempts, which only paved the way for the non-league side to seal more opportunities against them. The game eventually resulted as a disappointing 0-0 draw which will see them play a replayed fixture against the side at Kingsmeadow.

After gaining an even more impressive automatic promotion to League One at the end of last season, Oxford United have been similarly as strong as their opponent, currently sat a place higher in the table with just a single point separating them. They’ve achieved nine wins and seven draws from twenty-five games, enjoying their best football over the last three months where they’ve taken nine wins and six draws from sixteen games since the start of November. Strikers Kane Hemmings and Chris Maguire have been an important factor in The U’s stability since gaining promotion to the league above, scoring a combined twenty-three goals over all competitions. A big six points now stand between them and the play-offs but it’s looking like an increasingly likely goal to aim for, as they’re becoming more at home in League One as their results have rolled on.

Their most recent game had them up against Scunthorpe United in the Checkatrade Trophy. It was especially worrying for The U’s as their opposition had played out one of their best half-seasons, climbing up to second in the table to rival top place Sheffield United. It didn’t open up in a positive light, with Scunthorpe earning a penalty which was put away by Luke Williams. Michael Appleton’s side responded instantly though, Marvin Johnson being played onside to finish neatly into the bottom corner. Kane Hemmings then pushed The U’s ahead with a goal of his own. In the second half, Oxford came out looking lively once again, earning a penalty for Hemmings to secure his second of the game before finishing off a third after some perfect interplay to bag a hattrick and defeat the league challengers by four goals to nil.

Recommended Bets:

Oxford to win (Best priced at 7/4 on SkyBet) – BET HERE

Both teams to score (Best priced at 3/4 on Betfair) – BET HERE

Kane Hemmings to score anytime (Best priced at 21/10 on Betfair) – BET HERE

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