The View From The Opposition: Oxford United

MILWALL will be hoping to get back to winning ways in their final home game of the regular league season when they host Michael Appleton's Oxford United.

The 1-0 loss to Fleetwood last Monday left Millwall just one point ahead of seventh-placed Southend, who lost to MK Dons on the same day.

After promotion from League Two last season, Oxford are in 10th place in League One, seven points behind Neil Harris' side, meaning they can't reach the play-offs.

Oxford defeated Port Vale 2-0 on Monday and need one more win to guarantee a top-10 place. Chris Maguire scored his 13th goal of the season in that win and also has six assists to his name this season.

Lucas Ball spoke to Oxford fan Simon Nicholls ahead of Saturday's game at The Den.

Why do you support Oxford?

I support Oxford United as they are my local team. I've been a passionate supporter since I was a kid. My family aren't big on football so I got introduced by friends back when I was at school.

Millwall won the reverse fixture 2-1 in October. How has Oxford's form been since then?

Oxford have played good football this season, we've played at Wembley in the EFL Trophy (a disaster trophy) which we unfortunately lost 2-1 to relegation candidates Coventry City.

Oxford seem to have found their feet nicely in League One, though, and currently sit in 10th place.

This is Oxford's first season in League One, would you say it has been a successful one?

This season has been very successful: the target was to remain in League One and to build a squad on a tight budget to enable us to progress further up in the league.

We exceeded our expectation by having a chance of being in the play offs. Unfortunately, those hopes of play-offs are now gone but this season has been a great journey and better than expected.

Who will be the danger men for Oxford on Saturday?

Unfortunately, Oxford don't really have a danger man this season.

Maybe earlier in the season it was striker Chris Maguire, but he's gone off the boil recently. If the whole team plays well then we can be a decent side and hard to break down. However, no danger man.

Which players do you expect to cause Oxford trouble from Neil Harris' side?

I'm not too familiar with Milwall's squad. However, since the last time we played them earlier in the season, Milwall have beaten several Premier League opposition at home in the FA Cup, which is a great advertisement for League One clubs.

Obviously, though, Steve Morison is always a threat going forward.

What formation and line-up do you expect Oxford to play?

4-4-2: Eastwood; Edwards, Nelson, Dunkley, Skarz; Hall, Lundstram, Ledson, Johnson; Maguire, Hemmings.

Finally, what is your score prediction?

Milwall 2-3 Oxford

Graphic: @ShedCreative 



One thought on “The View From The Opposition: Oxford United

  • April 22, 2017 at 09:07

    Need to somehow sort this comment section out !! Who are these weirdo people talking about crap and nothing to do with millwall!!

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