Oxford and Doncaster to put on a show
Oxford United are the team to watch in recent weeks having beaten Lincoln 6-0 and Premier League West Ham 4-0 but can they overcome a slick Doncaster Rovers? Have a read of our preview here:
Karl Robinson building something special
It is fair to say that Karl Robinson doesn’t do fast starts or at least not at Oxford in any case. The former-MK Dons boss struggled to get his side firing at the beginning of last season and it was a less than glorious opening seven games to kick-off this campaign.
However, something suddenly clicked following a 3-0 win against Tranmere and a fortunate 0-0 at Bolton. The Yellows started to play not only superb football but also football that had an end product – something they have struggled to do since Robinson took charge.
They thrashed Lincoln at Sincil Bank 6-0 and then turned on the style to knock Premier League West Ham out of the League Cup with a 4-0 pasting. This was added to with a fine home performance against Gillingham and another 3-0 win before a decent 2-2 draw away at the notoriously tricky Accrington.
The balance in the side is finally there with Josh Ruffels and Chris Cadden providing width from full-back while Tariqe Fosu, James Henry and Ben Woodburn have shown their creative ability behind the clinical Matty Taylor.
Goals have also been arriving from midfield with both Henry and Brannagan helping themselves while central defender Rob Dickie is the Virgil van Dijk of League One. This is a side that, if they can stay injury-free, could be an exciting outfit this season.
Darren Moore deserves huge credit
Doncaster came into this season with a fanbase not exactly hyped by their chances. The club has seen talented winger Mallik Wilks head back to Leeds following a loan spell and John Marquis leave to Portsmouth albeit for a sizeable fee.
They also saw Paul Downing head to Fratton Park after the defender had impressed while on loan at the Keepmoat last season and recruitment of replacements was slow to get going.
When new players did arrive, it was hard to know what to expect. Niall Ennis and Cameron John came in on loan from Wolves while Reece James and Ben Sheaf have been excellent since their arrivals from Sunderland and Arsenal respectively.
James Coppinger, a club legend, has been the fulcrum in midfield and his leadership on the pitch has helped players like Kieran Sadlier step up another level. This is a side that play some lovely football and their clash with Oxford should be a cracker.
Oxford vs. Doncaster betting tip
Both sides have 16 points coming into this one although Doncaster have played two games less. You know there will be goals given the way the managers set up their teams so backing both teams to score at odds of 7/10 with William Hill seems like a no brainer in this one.