Ipswich Town vs Oxford United Match Analysis & Prediction
26/12/2022 6:00 pm
After losing top spot in the League One standings, Ipswich Town return to action on Boxing Day, as they welcome Oxford United to Portman Road.
While the hosts saw their long unbeaten run in the league ended at Wycombe last time out, the visitors extended their own ru without defeat to 10 matches with a goalless draw against Sheffield Wednesday.
Ipswich topped the League One standings before kickoff at Adams Park against Wycombe Wanderers last weekend, but teir subsequent 1-0 reverse and Plymouth Argyle’s victory over Morecambe combined to drop the Tractor Boys down to second place at Christmas, trailing the new leaders by two points.
Their Boxing Day contest with Oxford presents an opportunity to bounce back and even immediately return to the summit of League One should other results go their way.
More than 28,000 supporters are expected to file into one of English football’s most historic stadiums, the vast majority favouring the hosts, but Oxford are certainly in the mood to provide Ipswich with a tough test.
Karl Robinson’s side have not lost in the league since late October, and have also fared well away from home this season, with just three defeats from 11 matches on the road.
Following a slow start to the 2022-23 camapign, a run of four wins and six draw sees Oxford in with a shout of improving on an eighth place finish last season, having also made the playoffs in each of the two years prior.
League One’s top three aside, the rest of the division down to Oxford in 15th is covered by just 10 points, so working their way into top-six contention in the new year is surely achievable.
Ipswich Town vs. Oxford United Head to head
These two teams have previously met on 14 occasions, where they have each claimed four victories while drawing in six. Ipswich have scored 20 goals and conceded 19 in the process.
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20/02/2021Ipswich Town0Oxford United0League One
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19/03/2022Oxford United1Ipswich Town1League One
Ipswich Town Team News
Luke Woolfenden and Janoi Donacien are expected to be available for Ipswich o Boxing Day, having missed the defeat to Wycombe with adductor and ankle problems respectively.
Both could therefore start in a back four for the hosts, though Kane Vincent-Young and George Edmundson are on standby to feature if required.
Ipswich Town's Last 5 Matches
22/11/2022Ipswich Town0Portsmouth2EFL Trpohy
27/11/2022Ipswich Town4Buxton0FA Cup
02/12/2022Ipswich Town1Fleetwood Town1League One
10/12/2022Ipswich Town2Peterborough United1League One
17/12/2022Wycombe Wanderers1Ipswich Town0League One
Oxford United Team News
Oxford United’s attack will once again be led by Matt Taylor, with Cameron Brannagan supporting himm from behind.
Yanic Wildschut and Josh Murphy both returned from injury last time out and are set to feature again, but most likely from the bench, as Karl Robinson keeps a settled side to maintain momentum.
Oxford United's Last 5 Matches
16/11/2022Woking1Oxford United2FA Cup
19/11/2022Oxford United1Forest Green Rovers1League One
26/11/2022Oxford United4Exeter City1FA Cup
03/12/2022Accrington Stanley1Oxford United1League One
17/12/2022Sheffield Wednesday0Oxford United0League One
Ipswich Town vs. Oxford United: Odds and Predictions
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