Last Time Out
The Cobblers drew 2-2 at Carlisle United with a late equaliser from Keiron Bowie earning us a point. Oxford picked up their first league win under Des Buckingham as they saw off Burton Albion 3-0.
One To Watch
Playing just behind the front line for the Us is the exciting Rúben Rodrigues. The Portuguese midfielder has the ability to turn a game in an instant and scored twice last weekend to take his tally for the season to six.
Rodrigues joined Oxford from Notts County in the summer having helped them to promotion back to the Football League and is a maverick style player that no-one enjoys playing against.
Lee Burge, Aaron McGowan and Danny Hylton are all close to returning for the Cobblers but Louis Appéré hasn’t returned to training yet and is a major doubt for the weekend. Ben Fox and Ali Koiki will be missing until at least the end of January and Tyler Magloire is still a long way off a return yet.
Oxford will hope to welcome back Billy Bodin after he missed the victory over Burton but Marcus Browne is missing with a hamstring injury and Kyle Edwards is out until the New Year. Greg Leigh, Stephen Negru and Sam Long are also unavailable.
Craig Hicks is the appointed referee on Saturday. Hicks was last in charge of the Cobblers on the final day of last season as we were promoted at Tranmere. Daniel Flynn and Daniel Cook are running the lines and Ryan Head is fourth official.
There’s absolutely goals in this one as Oxford look to come and attack the Cobblers. So I’m going for a second 2-2 draw in a row.
A Cobblers fan all his life, Danny is the most down to earth football supporter from Northampton.
While at university in Southampton, Danny kept up to date with all things NTFC from afar, sharing his thoughts on his ‘A Load Of Cobblers’ online blog.