Oxford United host Bristol Rovers at Kassam Stadium on Saturday in an important weekend of League One football. Oxford have had a strong start to the season and could go top of the table with a win, whereas Rovers sit in the mid table, but in touching distance of the Play-offs.
Oxford United currently sit second in League One after ten games. With eight wins and two losses, Oxford are just one point below top of the table Portsmouth.
In their last five games in all competitions, Oxford have four wins and one loss. Stanley Mills, Billy Bodin and Kyle Edwards all scored in the 3 - 0 win over Fleetwood where Oxford’s defence held Fleetwood to zero shots on target. In the Group stage of the Football League Trophy, Oxford faced MK Dons. Jack Payne converted a penalty in the second half for the only goal of the game in a 1 - 0 win for The Dons.
However, Oxford were back to winning ways against Exeter City. Ruben Rodrigues opened the scoring for Oxford in the first half and Cameron Brannagan grabbed a brace of penalties late in the second half for the 3 - 0 win. This time it was Greg Leigh with a brace along with a goal from Elliott Moore that gave Oxford a 3 - 1 win after an early goal from Jamie Reid for Stevanage.
Oxford’s last time out was against Shrewsbury. Fin Stevens, Claron Brown and Leigh all scored in the 3 - 0 win over a ten man Shrewsbury who had Joe Anderson sent off.
Bristol Rovers, on the other hand, sit 11th in League One. In ten games, Rovers have four wins, three draws and three losses, leaving them on 15 points.
In their last five games in all competitions, Rovers have three wins and two losses. John Marquis and Aaron Collins both scored late on in the second half to grab a 2 - 0 win for Rovers against Shrewsbury. In the Group stage of the Football League Trophy, Rovers took on West Ham’s U21 team. Sam Finley did open the scoring for The Gas, but a brace from Callum Marshall and a goal from George Earthy gave West Ham the 3 - 1 win.
Rovers were back to winning ways against Wigan with Luke Thomas, Jack Hunt, Collins and Marquis all on the scoresheet in the 4 - 1 win, with Charlie Wyke scoring for Wigan. However, The Gas were handed a loss by Peterborough. Archie Finn Collins and David Ajiboye both scored in the 2 - 0 win for The Posh.
Most recently Bristol Rovers played Port Vale. Luke McCormick, Jack Hunt and Jevani Brown all scored in the 3 - 0 win over Port Vale who had Jesse Debrah sent off in the first half.
Oxford and Rovers have met 64 times in their histories, with the first meeting coming in 1965. Bristol Rovers have a better record in the fixture with 27 wins in comparison to Oxford’s 21 wins, with the other 16 games ending in a share of points.