Oxford United vs Wigan Athletic Match Analysis & Prediction
13/02/2024 10:45 pm
Oxford United will be looking to end their five-game winless run in League One when they play host to Wigan Athletic at the Kassam Stadium on Tuesday night.
While the hosts are currently fighting to make the playoff spots, the visitors are focused firmly on moving further clear of the relegation zone rather than a late playoff bid.
Two away victories over Charlton Athletic and Carlisle United at the beginning of January put Oxford in a strong position with 49 points on the board from 26 League One matches, but they have failed to build on those wins since.
Des Buckingham’s side have added just three more points to their tally in the last five matches, with three successive draws heading into this game, the last of which was a 1-1 stalemate against Blackpool on Saturday.
Now sitting just outside the top six amidst a five-game winless run, oxford will now bid to return to winning ways against Wigan on Tuesday, an opponent they have failed to beat in the last three attempts.
Meanwhile, Wigan started the season with a points deduction, which meant that they had to be almost faultless in the second half of the campaign to make the playoffs.
Wigan showed fighting spirit, picking up nine points against Reading, Wycombe Wanderers and Peterborough United in recent weeks, but a 2-1 home defeat to Exeter City last time out raises doubts about their credentials to go all the way to the playoff spots.
Shaun Maloney’s side are now a massive 16 points behind sixth-placed Stevenage, making it necessary to focus on avoiding relegation later in the campaign.
Just six points separate Wigan to 21st place and Maloney will be eager to overcome the challenge of one of their mid-table rivals in order to create further distance between themselves and the bottom four.
Oxford United vs. Wigan Athletic Head to head
In the 11 previous meetings between these two teams, Oxford have claimed two victories while Wigan have won eight, and they have drawn once. Wigan have scored 25 goals and conceded 10 in the process.
21/11/2020Wigan Athletic1Oxford United2League One
14/02/2021Oxford United2Wigan Athletic1League One
18/12/2021Oxford United2Wigan Athletic3League One
01/02/2022Wigan Athletic1Oxford United1League One
24/10/2023Wigan Athletic2Oxford United0League One
Oxford United Team News
Oxford United made some alterations to their starting XI last time out, with Jamie Cumming returning in goal.
Mark Harris will continue to lead the line with Ruben Rodrigues against set to join him, while Tyler Burey and Tyler Goodrham will offer further threat from the wings.
Oxford United's Last 5 Matches
23/01/2024Oxford United0Barnsley1League One
27/01/2024Bristol Rovers3Oxford United1League One
30/01/2024Oxford United2Portsmouth2League One
03/02/2024Oxford United1Reading1League One
10/02/2024Blackpool1Oxford United1League One
Wigan Athletic Team News
Wigan Athletic’s Matt Smith is available for selection after serving a one-game suspension, but Steven Sessegnon is still recovering from a muscle injury.
Luke Chambers is expected to feature in a back three alongside Charlie Goode and Charlie Hughes.
Wigan Athletic's Last 5 Matches
20/01/2024Wigan Athletic1Reading0League One
23/01/2024Wigan Athletic1Wycombe Wanderers0League One
27/01/2024Wigan Athletic2Stevenage3League One
03/02/2024Peterborough United2Wigan Athletic3League One
10/02/2024Wigan Athletic1Exeter City2League One
Oxford United vs. Wigan Athletic: Odds and Predictions
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