Both sides are level on points with just one win this season, but the U’s have lost four of their last five games, drawing the other with Coventry City.
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U’s Looking for Second Win of the Season
Following defeat at Fleetwood Town last time out, Oxford are currently on a five-game winless run, with four of those games ending in defeat.
But it’s the league form that’s dipped, and this weekend they face a side in a similar position. Tranmere also sit on five points with just one win from their opening six games but have played a game less than Robinson’s side.
Previous Meetings and Key Players
These sides haven’t met since they faced each other in League Two during the 2014/15 season, with Oxford winning both games. The sides also met in the second round of the FA Cup of the same season and, after a 2-2 draw at the Kassam Stadium, Rovers won the replay 2-1.
Prior to that, you’d have to go back twenty years when the two sides were in the old English Division One, where Tranmere beat and drew with Oxford during that campaign.
The U’s welcome back Ben Woodburn who has been away with Wales on international duty, and despite not playing in either games, the 19-year-old will be a welcome addition.
Mark Sykes, who was also away with Northern Ireland, has also returned but is less likely to feature. John Mousinho could return to a back four that is currently leaking goals.
Micky Mellon has played a relatively consistent team during this campaign. Defender Manny Monthe has played seven times, assisting three goals, while Ollie Banks has one goal and one assist from midfield.
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