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Judgement Day #1

Swindon Town
vs.
Headington United

County Ground

21/08/11

1300

IT'S HERE: Just under a decade in the making. Oxford travel to Swindon and they have the bragging rights.

Vital Quotes:

Paolo Di Canio has been waiting for this derby and he told BBC Radio Wiltshire that 'I've been thinking about the derby since I signed but as a manager I have to go step by step. I got up this morning thinking about Oxford and I felt butterflies in my stomach straight away

Swindon Town Team News:

Changes are expected after two away losses.

Alan Connell is expected to partner Raffa De Vita up front with Leon Clarke likely to start from the bench.

Di Canio needs to get his midfield selections right. Risser and McCormack could both find themselves dropped with Simon Ferry and Jonathan Smith waiting in the wings.

Joe Devera is likely to return to the set-up in place of the injured Alberto Comazzi.

Player to watch: Aden Flint

Towering centre back has been the stand-out player of Swindon's three games so far this season.

It's important that he has another decent game.

Headington United Team News:

Oxford manager Chris Wilders told BBC Oxford that We're not changing our routine, we're settled and confident. We're bang at it, bang in form. Players know their roles and responsibilites, we'll go there on the front foot.'

Oxford side that beat Shrewsbury Town 2-0 in midweek.

XI: R. Clarke, A. Whing, J. Wright, M. Duberry, S. Heslop (A. Potter 79'), L. Davis, A. Hall, P. McLaren (D. Batt 72'), L. Guy, J. Constable, D. Smalley (P. Leven 62')

Player to watch: James Constable

Constable has been subject of apparent interest from Swindon in recent weeks. Is this mind games to unsettle the forward? Will it work in Oxford's favour through motivations?

We shall see.

Match Facts & Stats

United have had the bragging rights since their 1-0 win over Town in the F.A. Cup back in 2002.

Town have the overwhelming statistical advantage over their rivals and have won the last two league games. The last games between the two at the County Ground was on October 8 2000(!) with Town winning 2-1.

IT'S BEEN A LONG WHILE!

Match Prediction:

1-1.

Next Fixtures:

Town travel to Ashton Gate to play Bristol City in the Carling Cup.


Writer:Nellup
Date:Sunday August 21 2011
Time: 8:58AM

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