Oxford United vs Blackpool Predictions

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      Under 2.5 Match Goals

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      Tip Reasoning

      • Oxford United currently sit in 8th place, four points off the playoffs in League One. Their recent form has seen them slip out of the playoff picture slightly with no win in four games.
      • Blackpool are six points clear of the relegation zone but have lost five of their last six.
      • Oxford United have enjoyed a good season so far, scoring 43 goals in 26 matches at a rate of 1.65 goals per game. They’ve conceded exactly a goal a game on average so far this season
      • Blackpool have scored 33 goals this season but have largely relied on the exploits of Gnanduillet who has 12 of those. They’ve conceded 31 and are one of the sides in the division with the lowest amount of goals per game.

      Can Oxford United bridge the gap on the sides above them?

      At one point this season Oxford United looked as though they would be shoe ins for a playoff spot but in recent weeks they’ve struggled to find results and they now find themselves four points off the final playoff position. The worst thing has been that they’ve dropped points to teams around them leaving them fighting for the four playoff spots with 10 other teams.

      Offensively they’ve excelled this season, scoring 1.65 goals per game on average, the third best ratio in the division whilst defensively they have a better record than four of the seven sides above them. Finding results at the right time has been the hardest thing for the side though and they’ll need to produce here against weaker opposition.

      A win would help Blackpool as they look to avoid a relegation fight

      Blackpool are currently 12 points clear of the relegation zone but with five losses in their last six games and 20 games of the season to go they need to keep that buffer. Recent losses to Wycombe, Lincoln and Rotherham have left them languishing though and a quick response is needed.

      Games featuring The Tangerines haven’t seen too much action this season with the side averaging 1.26 goals per game in attack and conceding at a rate of 1.19 goals per game at the other end. The team haven’t won or lost by more than one goal since the beginning of December and draws or slender losses in the time since haven’t helped Blackpool.

      Which sides leaves the Kassam with the three points?

      This game looks to be quite even with neither side possessing the form to indicate they will win this with ease. What does look more likely is a lack of goals though with these sides struggling for goals in recent weeks but managing to keep the own nets well protected. As a result we’re predicting this match will see under 2.5 goals.

      In their last 8 games these two sides have only won or lost by more than a single goal on one occasion each. That looks likely again this weekend and with Oxford United possessing the greater quality, we’re siding with them to pick up a narrow 1-0 win.

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