Oxford host Arsenal at the Kassam Stadium in the third round of the FA Cup on Monday, with both sides having contrasting seasons so far. Oxford are currently 15th in League One, seven points above the relegation zone. Karl Robinson’s side have been in poor form of late, having won only one of their last five games across all competitions. They will hope to turn things around with a win against Arsenal this week.
Arsenal, on the other hand, have been in incredible form this season. Mikel Arteta’s side are currently top of the Premier League and are unbeaten in their last four games across all competitions. They will look to continue their strong run of form with a win against Oxford on Monday.
Both sides will want to progress to the next round of the competition with a win and that should make for an interesting matchup.
Both sides have been in contrasting form of late and that should come to the fore during the game on Monday.
Oxford will be without Marcus Browne, Kyle Joseph and Sam Baldock for the game due to injury. Emile Smith Rowe could make his long-awaited return from injury for Arsenal during the game. Meanwhile, Reiss Nelson and Gabriel Jesus are both still out injured.
It’s hard to see Oxford taking anything away from the game on Monday. Arsenal’s form and quality should see them through to the next round of the FA Cup.
We predict Arsenal will win the game comfortably.
Prediction: Oxford 0-2 Arsenal
This match will start from 1:30 am
This match will take place on 10 january 2023
Oxford remain plagued by injury problems in the final third and remain without both Kyle Joseph and Sam Baldock, although Joseph’s ankle issue could let up in time for their clash with Fleetwood Town on January 14.
Marcus Browne is also expected to miss several more weeks with a hamstring injury, leaving Matty Taylor or 18-year-old Gatlin O’Donkor to spearhead the depleted attack.
Further back, Robinson could hand a U’s debut to Hull City loanee Brandon Fleming, who has arrived on a short-term deal this month and may take up a place on the left-hand side.
As for Arsenal, Gabriel Jesus (knee) and Reiss Nelson (thigh) remain on the sidelines, but Arteta is hopeful that Emile Smith Rowe will be able to make his first appearance since September as he battles back from groin surgery.
Smith Rowe should only make the bench at best, though, as Arsenal prepare to ring the changes ahead of next weekend’s North London derby with Tottenham Hotspur, starting with Matt Turner replacing Aaron Ramsdale in goal.
McGinty; Anderson, Long, Moore, Brown; Bate, McGuane, Brannagan; Wildschut, Taylor, Murphy
Turner; Tomiyasu, Holding, Saliba, Tierney; Elneny, Lokonga; Marquinhos, Odegaard, Vieira; Nketiah
Tip 1 – Result: Arsenal Win
Tip 2 – Both teams to score – NO (Arsenal have one of the best defenses in Europe, while Oxford United have only managed to score twice in their last five games)
Tip 3 – Eddie Nketiah to score (The striker has three goals in his last five games across all competitions)
Our analysis of all available data, including recent performances and player stats, suggests the most likely outcome of this match is a Arsenal win with a probability of 52.67%. A win for Oxford United has a probability of 24.36% and a draw has a probability of 23%.
The most likely scoreline for an Arsenal win is 1-2 with a probability of 9.75%. The next most likely scorelines for that outcome are 0-1 (9.17%) and 0-2 (8.35%). The likeliest Oxford United win is 2-1 (6.25%), while for a drawn scoreline it is 1-1 (10.7%).
The match will be broadcast via ESPN+, which can be accessed via the ESPN app on smart TVs and streaming devices.
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