Taking a break from the UEFA Nations League action tonight for some FA Cup action as Oxford (NB: City NOT United) take on Tranmere in a replay after the first leg ended 3-3.
It’s a massive box office night for the Vanarama National League South side – not only due to them earning a replay but also that BT are covering the match live which nets the club an extra £33,750.
There’s an added extra carrot too – if Oxford City do progress tonight at Court Place Farm they face what they will consider a very win-able tie against Southport in the second round and then it’s into the Third Round Draw for an away tie against Man City. Well that’s the dream but first things first and Tranmere Rovers.
City boss Mark Jones is not getting ahead of himself but equally is aware of the once in a lifetime opportunity.
He told the Oxford Mail: “It’s brilliant for us. We experienced it last year and to get the cameras down is fantastic.
“It’s certainly one of the biggest games in the club’s history and the players will be looking forward to it.
“The club are absolutely delighted, it just helps chip away at the debt.
“The draw is also a fantastic opportunity. We’re still the underdogs against Tranmere, but if we got through I think both teams would look at it as a chance to reach the third round.”
Oxford City v Tranmere Rovers
FA Cup 1st Round Replay
19:45 BT Sport 1 / BT Sport 4K UHD
HEAD TO HEAD RECORD
(Maximum 10 matches)
Nov 2018 FA CUP Tranmere 3-3 Oxford C
Whilst the goals flowed freely in the first round at Prenton Park I feel it could be the polar opposite tonight with so much more at stake.
The problem, as always, could be Oxford City running out of steam in the closing stages but I’m interested in 0-0 at half time and under 2.5 goals (90 mins) which can be backed at 21/10 and 21/20 respectively with starsports.bet
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