We make the trip to Burton Albion this week on a Sunday, due to the home side sharing stewards with Derby, who were at home to Stoke in the FA Cup on Saturday. With our league rivals all playing on Saturday we know that a win will move us back into seventh place, above Accrington who beat Gillingham 4-3 to move one point ahead of us. Matt Peck (whose first match piece can be found here) has been digging through the stats to bring you this look ahead to the match.
Burton: DLLLD (2 pts)
Oxford: DDWLD (6 pts)
Times played (at Burton): 5
Last league Result (At Burton): (7 August 2010)
Reverse Fixture: Oxford United 2 – 2 Burton Albion
The last time the two played at the Pirelli Stadium (in the league) was the first day of the season, and Oxford’s first game back in the Football League. The game was something of an anti-climax, ending in a 0-0 stalemate. They have met once since, in the FA Cup. Burton won this game 1-0.
This fixture has a very short history, only dating back to the Conference days, where Oxford had the better of the Brewers on every visit. Including a memorable day on the penultimate day of their season, where an Adam Chapman free kick meant Burton, who had run away with the league until the last couple of months, had to wait to the last day of the season to secure promotion.
Burton are still waiting for their first victory of 2012, with their last victory coming on Boxing day to struggling Northampton Town.
Burton and Oxford’s most common scoreline this season is 1-1. Burton getting this score 23% of the time, and Oxford 31%.
Oxford currently posses the meanest defence on the road, getting a clean sheet 50% of the time and on average conceding less than 1 goal per game on their travels. Indeed, Oxford haven’t conceded a goal on the road since the defeat to Crawley Town in mid November.
Oxford would still be top of the table if all games ended after the first 45 minutes. 4 points clear of Southend United. Burton would be seventh.
Oxford have only gained 2 points from losing positions this season, the worst in the league. Burton on the other hand have gained 14 points from losing positions, winning 3 and drawing 5. Only AFC Wimbledon have gained more (17).