Oxford United Match Preview
By Tom Dowsett
Wednesday 25 Sep 2019 14:13:00
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Having picked up four points from a possible six in the Premier League in September, West Ham United are now fully focused on progressing to the fourth round of the Carabao Cup. If they are to achieve that aim, they will have to overcome the challenge of Sky Bet League One outfit Oxford United at The Kassam Stadium tonight.

The Hammers made sure of their place at this stage by beating Sky Bet League Two side Newport County 2-0 at Rodney Parade, whereas the home side had to endure a penalty shootout against Sky Bet Championship opponents Millwall after knocking out fellow Sky Bet League One opposition in the shape of Peterborough United in the first round.

The two sides have met once before in this competition at Upton Park nine years ago when it was named the Capital One Cup. The Irons triumphed on that occasion and will be looking to do the same again here.

Last season, the East Londoners enjoyed a memorable evening, as they beat Sky Bet League Two outfit Macclesfield Town 8-0 in Stratford at the same stage. They will definitely take a repeat of that result, although lightning very rarely strikes twice.

Both sides come into the game with good form behind them. Manuel Pellegrini's side produced a well-deserved 2-0 home win against Manchester United on Sunday, while it is fair to say that Karl Robinson's team had a pretty impressive weekend themselves, thrashing Lincoln City 6-0 at Sincil Bank.

Roberto Jiménez Gago started in goal for the last round with Lukasz Fabianski dropping to the bench. However, the Pole may be left out of the squad completely as summer signing David Martin could be named as a substitute.

Fabián Balbuena, Pablo Zabaleta, Carlos Sánchez, Robert Snodgrass, Jack Wilshire and Albian Ajeti are all in contention.

Another decision the manager will have to make is who he wants at left-back, as Arthur Masuaku has returned from suspension whilst Aaron Cresswell is also available.

Tonight's match kicks off at 7:45pm and the referee is Robert Jones.

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