Match Preview – EFL Cup (Second Round) – Oxford United vs BHAFC

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Brighton will face league 1 club, Oxford United, in the second round of the EFL cup.


 

First round ties

Brighton smashed Colchester United 4-0 in the first round of the EFL Cup. This came after a relatively lacklustre first half performance. All four goals came in the second half.

Goalscorers: Jamie Murphy x2, Sam Baldock, and Elvis Manu.

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Oxford United beat Birmingham 1-0 in their first round tie. A great result considering they were underdogs for the tie.

Goalscorer: Sercombe.


Previous meetings:

Both clubs have faced eachother 30 times in their history. Oxford come out on top winning 12 of those games. Brighton have won 9 of the clashes. There has been 9 draws also between the two sides.

The most recent meeting between Oxford and Brighton was 20 years ago. The result that day (12th March 1996) was a 2-1 victory for Oxford. The last time Brighton were victorious against Oxford was all the way back in 1990!


Familiar faces:

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Oxford currently have no former Brighton players in their squad. The last player to have played for both clubs is Jake Forster-Caskey. The 22 year old featured 16 times for Oxford in the 2012/13 season, on loan from Brighton.


We are looking forward to…

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Seeing the youth players get a chance in the first team. Obviously, with the EFL Cup, teams in BPL or Championship (with category 1 youth rating) must have at least 6 under 23 players in the first XI. Promising players such as Ben White, Jack Harper and Vahid Hambo can get a chance to prove they have what it takes against matured professional players.


 

Fact of the day:

This will be the second League Cup meeting between the two sides. The first was a 2-0 first round home win for Brighton in 1968, 52 years ago.


Verdict:

On paper, Brighton are seen as strong favourites. We have the quality to progress far in this tournament. However, it is down to whether Chris Hughton wants to risk some of the better first team players or rely on fringe and youth players. The second option sounds more likely. The game could easily go either way tonight. Despite being the better team, I think Brighton will lose tonight. Oxford are a team high on confidence after getting promoted from League 2 last season. Chris will also be focusing on the massive game against Newcastle (I would like us to progress far in this competition but losing tonight also means less fixture congestion and a better chance to focus on the Championship).

Prediction:

Oxford: 2

Brighton: 1

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