Oxford United host Premier League side Swansea City at The Kassam Stadium next weekend looking to cause one of the season’s FA Cup giant killings.

The U’s have been in excellent form, living up to their pre season billing as one of the favourites for promotion to League 1. After several years of disappointments for supporters of the yellows, the club finally look to be the full package this time around.

Manager Michael Appleton made some astute signings in the summer to boost United’s chances of promotion. Appleton beat a whole host of clubs to sign the experienced Scunthorpe United keeper Sam Slocombe while former West Bromwich Albion graduate Kemar Roofe is now hot property after making a name for himself at The Kassam Stadium.

The signing of Ryan Taylor has also brought more goals to the side and has reduced the demand put upon former Aldershot Town striker Danny Hylton.

The U’s Kassam Stadium home has finally become something of a fortress and is now a more difficult venue to visit for opposition sides.

Oxford United promise to provide a real test for Premier League giants Swansea City, particularly after a poor first half of the season in which The Swans have slid down the table after a poor run of form which cost Manager Garry Monk his job.

With a capacity Kassam Stadium expected and the match set to be televised, Oxford United will be looking to give their all and cause a huge upset.

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  1. Martin Hawkins on

    Although results over the previous few months may suggest that Oxford could cause an upset I believe their own ground may actually work against them here. I’ve been to the Kassam Stadium when both teams were in League 2 and Oxford won that game scoring 3 goals in the final five minutes. It’s one of the few grounds in the lower leagues that is of higher league quality which will suit us to move the ball around and exploit the space. I’d be far more concerned if we were playing a team on a cramped, cut up pitch which was virtually impossible to play passing football on. I fancy the Swans to win by a couple of goals.

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