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The Opposition: Oxford United

All you need to know about Tuesday night's hosts

27 August 2019

Millwall are on the road again this Tuesday night for the club's third successive away game in the space of six days, as The Lions visit the Kassam Stadium to take on Sky Bet League One side Oxford United, in Round Two of the Carabao Cup (kick-off 7.45pm).

Neil Harris' men will look to earn a place in the hat for the Third Round of the competition, and make the trip to Oxford having beaten West Bromwich Albion 2-1 at The Hawthorns in Round One a fortnight ago.

The team have endured a demanding introduction to the 2019/20 season with eight matches in all competitions in August, though have so far come through impressively for the most part, with eight Championship points and just one defeat. The midweek tie could throw up the possibility of changes to Harris' starting side, having seen wholesale rotation for the success at West Brom. Spirits are high in the Millwall camp after a dominant away performance in last Saturday's 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough - Tom Bradshaw equalising with his first touch from the bench within seconds of coming on.

Karl Robinson's Oxford have experienced a mixed start to their campaign, and rather coincidentally faced back-to-back home matches with Peterborough United in the League and Cup, in the same way The Lions travelled twice to West Brom. The side sit 17th in League One at present, having followed a draw and a win with three successive defeats, conceding nine goals in a week. Robinson has brought in encouraging signings such as Ben Woodburn, George Thorne and Matty Taylor on loan, along with the likes of Tariqe Fosu, Anthony Forde and Sam Allardyce's grandson - known by the same name - on permanent deals. Gavin Whyte and Jonathan Obika were among numerous players to leave the Kassam in the summer.

Robinson, although still just 38, has been in the management game in the EFL for nine years, having taken the head role at Milton Keynes Dons before turning 30. Playing the majority of his football in Wales and the North West before moving into coaching, Robinson spent six years at Stadium MK and guided the club to their first ever promotion to the Championship in 2015. He would then move down the road from The Den to The Valley, and took charge of Charlton Athletic for a 16-month period between 2016 and 2018. After leaving SE7 he would immediately join Oxford, and in his first full season secured a top-half finish.

Millwall have won 23 meetings with The Us, our opponents taking 17 victories. The Lions' last win over Oxford came in late 2016, coming from behind to take a 2-1 triumph with Steve Morison and Aiden O'Brien on the scoresheet. The clubs met in the League Cup in August 2003, although Oxford advanced from the First Round on that occasion, winning 1-0 at The Den.

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