Clubs voted in June to finish the season early and settle the table on a points-per-game basis thanks to the coronavirus crisis, meaning that Pompey and United finished level on points.
ALTHOUGH Oxford United’s clash with Portsmouth is behind closed doors, there are many ways you’ll follow the action tonight.
Fans are unable to attend any of the Sky Bet League One play-off games thanks to lockdown restrictions but can tune from home.
It has been 115 days since Fratton Park last hosted a competitive game of football.
Fleetwood left the south coast with some extent following a 2-2 draw all the way back in March – a result that ultimately ensured each side would finish within the top six.
The wait was then on to ascertain how League One clubs would prefer to conclude the campaign,
with a choice finally made to start the play-offs at the beginning of July.
There was little to separate the four sides that are now competing for the third and final spot in next season’s Championship.
Had they been given the prospect to play their remaining 11 fixtures, Oxford could have continued that momentum and finished within the top two.
As it is, however, they need to accept an area within the playoffs and another meeting with Portsmouth,
whom they need already played out a few of draws with thus far this season.
Oxford United vs Wycombe Wanderers Team News
The four month break has given Portsmouth an opportunity to urge their injured players back to fitness in time for the playoffs.
Jackett features a full group of players to settle on from and should prefer to rotate from the 2-2 draw with Fleetwood on March 10, with John Marquis and Oliver Hawkins pushing for recalls.
Oxford are without Nathan Holland, who sustained a long-term injury last outing and has since returned to parent club West Ham United.
James Henry has top scored for United this season with 12 goals and is for certain to start out in attacking midfield, likely just off lone striker Matty Taylor.
Pompey haven’t any injury concerns, while there have been no positive leads to the newest round of Covid-19 testing.
Reeco Hackett-Fairchild had been missing after collecting a knock in training, but he has since recovered and is out there for selection.
The Oxford squad has also been given a clean bill of health, although loanee Nathan Holland previously returned to West Ham.
Oxford United vs Wycombe Wanderers Line Up
Portsmouth possible starting lineup:
MacGillivray; Seddon, Raggett, Burgess, McCrorie; Naylor, McGeehan; Williams, Cannon, Curtis; Harrison
Oxford United possible starting lineup:
Eastwood; Ruffels, Mousinho, Dickie, Long; Rodriguez, Brannagan; Mackie, Henry, Fosu-Mensah; Taylor
Oxford United vs Wycombe Wanderers H2H
Portsmouth haven’t lost reception within the league in over a year, while Oxford won five during a row to ascertain out the regular campaign.
Form will surely count for small after a four-month gap between matches, however,
and that we can see Pompey taking a slender lead into next Monday’s second leg.
How To Watch Oxford United vs Wycombe Wanderers
Tonight’s game will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Main Event, as well as its HD channel.
It will also be shown on Sky Sports Football/Football HD.
Kick-off is at 5.30pm, with the coverage beginning at 5pm.
Supporters without a Sky subscription can buy a Now TV pass, which costs £9.99 for one day or £33.99 for a month.
Since football returned, Sky has offered viewers the option to watch matches with or without artificial crowd noise.
Sky Sports Main Event HD has tended to use the fake sound, so it could be in operation this evening.
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As ever, you can follow all the updates on the Oxford Mail website.
Our live blog will start just before 4pm and you can get involed with the pre-match build-up on Twitter (@OxfordMailOUFC) from 4.30pm.
We will then bring you all the key moments from the 90 minutes, plus an on-the-whistle match report and reaction at full-time.
BBC Oxford has exclusive match commentary of tonight’s game.
Coverage begins at 5pm, with the post-match show on air until 8pm.
Sky Bet League One.
7:30pm, Monday 13th July 2020.