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Match Preview: Scunthorpe United vs Oxford

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The second home league game of the season sees the Iron line up against Oxford United.

It has been a great start to the league season for Oxford. A 0-2 win at Oldham and a 3-0 home victory against Portsmouth see the league leaders visit Glanford Park on Saturday 19th August. Wes Thomas and Josh Ruffels have contributed with goals in each game and must surely be watched very carefully by the improving Iron rearguard.

The Iron’s recent record against the U’s is not the best with three games last season resulting in an away loss and home draw in two tight league games and a heavy 4-1 defeat in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Prior to last season, previous recent encounters saw 2014 double secured by the Iron, with a Matt Sparrow winner resulting in a narrow 1-0 home win and Deon Burton and Dave Syers netting at the Kassam for 0-2 scoreline.

The close season saw a fair amount of transfer activity at the Kassam Stadium. Following an 8th place finish, narrowly missing out on the play offs, three players have left while eight have been recruited. Several of these are new to English football, though their most notable recruit is, former Newcastle defender, Mike Williamson while they also boast Huddersfield Town loanee Jack Payne in their ranks.

They have lost former Iron loanee, John Lundstram, to Championship new-boys Sheffield United. Recently there has been media speculation about a strong bid from Hull City for midfielder Marvin Johnson. So far their advances have been successfully deflected.

New manager, Pep Clotet, must be very satisfied with the start his charges have made, and they will arrive filled with confidence.

A look at the stats at this early stage shows that Oxford look to dominate possession and have managed 23 shots in the opening two league games of which 12 have been on target. Surprisingly, they have only won 6 corners in the same number of outings.

Skippered by Curtis Nelson, only one change was made to the winning team, with Ferreira da Silva coming in for Rothwell against Portsmouth.

Saturday will no doubt see an entertaining and tough match up as the Iron look for there first league win and clean sheet and a settled Oxford team look to retain their position at the top of the league.

Written by Will Montag

Will Montag is an English Literature graduate of Manchester Metropolitan University. He is an avid reader of fiction, and a lifelong Iron fan. Will enjoys various outdoor pursuits in his spare time.