Focusing on Newport County
They say that in football anything can happen but unfortunately for the Exiles, it seems highly unlikely that they will be able to overturn an eighteen goal deficit and pinch the final playoff spot away from Plymouth at the eleventh hour. It has been a busy week for County with two major sponsorship deals and the announcement of new manager Terry Butcher, who will take charge at the end of this campaign. Whatever happens on final day Newport have made huge strides from their league position
last year on their return to the football league, and will be hoping that next year they can climb even higher in the table.
Looking at the visitors
Team: Oxford United
Nickname: The U’s, Yellows
Ground: Kassam Stadium
Home: Yellow shirt with blue horizontal stripe, blue shorts and blue socks.
Away: White shirt with purple horizontal stripe, white shorts and purple socks.
Famous Supporters: Richard Branson, Timmy Mallett, Tim Henman and Jim Rosenthal.
Oxford are currently in 14th position in Sky Bet League 2 and with the nature of the league this season, only seven points separate the two sides in what has been a very close league all season long. Both Oxford and Newport have scored and conceded roughly the same number of goals over the first
45 games of the campaign, so the season finale at Rodney Parade has the potential to be a high scoring affair.
The One to Watch:
#10 – Danny Hylton – with 16 goals this season Hylton is the club’s target man up front. With 14 goals
in the league so far this season he will certainly be looking to add to his tally in the final game and secure a 15 league goal campaign. Hylton has also committed almost twice as many fouls as anyone else in the side and has the most yellow cards. He is also the side’s playmaker with most assists than any other Oxford United player this season and has played in all but two of their games this year.
Last Time Out
Oxford United ran out 1-0 winners after a goal five minutes before the break from Michael Collins was enough to send the Exiles away from the Kassam stadium empty handed.
He played for both
Danny Rose – he had 149 appearances and 33 goals for Newport in a spell between 2008 and 2012 after coming from Oxford. After a brief spell at Fleetwood and a loan spell at Aldershot Town, he has now returned to the U’s and will return to Rodney Parade once again on Saturday.
Newport County 7/5
Oxford United 9/5
Odds correct at time of writing: 10:30AM 1/5/2015