Originally formed as Headington in 1893, renamed Oxford United in 1960, this is a club with a storied past – and one with famous fans like Woody Harrelson and Richard Branson to boot.
Oxford United went from being a first division member of the English Football League in 1986, to being out of the EFL altogether in 2006.
In more recent years, they are a club that has been on the brink of promotion to the Championship after making consecutive Sky Bet League One Play-Off appearances,
Oxford United did not start the 2021/22 season as well as head coach Karl Robinson had hoped. The U’s registered just four wins in 13 games across all competitions through the month of September including five losses.
However, since the beginning of October, Oxford United has seen a real upturn in form. In the last 15 games across all competitions, Oxford United has picked up seven wins, five draws and three losses. In the league, the club has six wins, three draws and just a single loss in the last 10 League One fixtures.
On the score sheet, the U’s have six players with at least three goals this season, while also having six players with at least two or more assists. Steve Seddon leads all Oxford United players with four assists, while three other players have three assists each.
Thanks in part to the scoring proficiency of Matty Taylor (tied for fifth in League One with nine goals), Oxford United currently sit seventh in the league table with 33 points, ahead of Sheffield Wednesday on goal difference. The U’s have nine wins, six draws and four losses in the league this season putting them just five points behind league leaders Rotherham United. The good news for Rovers is that nearly all Oxford’s defeats have come on the road.
With 41 goals scored, the U’s employ Karl Robison’s forward offensive mentality to try and push goals past opponents. The team has just five clean sheets this season, with three of those resulting in 0-0 draws. But when they do register goals, the U’s have scored three or more goals in a single game against the likes of Lincoln City, Accrington Stanley, Burton Albion, Morecambe and Fleetwood Town. In those games, the U’s outscored their opponents by an aggregate score line of 17-5.
Oxford edge the recent head-to-head with Rovers: Oxford have four wins, Rovers have two wins and the match has also ended in a draw twice.
Last season, both sides took three points at their home matches. The Us claimed a 3-0 win at Kassam Stadium, while Rovers won 3-2 at The Keepmoat Stadium.