Expect goals and cards galore on the South coast, as Oxford make the trip to Plainmoor to face Torquay United this weekend, in a fixture that has produced regular goalfests. Matt Peck compares the respective records of the division's least disciplined sides.
Torquay: WDWLW (10 pts)
Oxford: LLDWW (7 pts)
Times played (at Torquay): 12
Last league Result (At Torquay): (03 January 2011)
Torquay 3 v 4 Oxford
Benyon (43’ 73’) Craddock (35’)
Kee (79’) Midson (42’, 64’, 90’)
The New Year thriller in Torquay looked to all like another Oxford display where they grab a draw from the jaws of victory until Jack Midson completed his first (and only) hatrick for Oxford late on to seal a 3-4 win for the travelling U’s.
This scoreline was not unusual as this fixture has always provided goals. In the 12 meetings at Plainmoor, there has been an average of 3.5 goals, with three of the games having 6 or more.
In the 6 games that have taken place since the millennium, there has been an astonishing 34 goals, at an average of 5.66 goals per game.
This game also features the two teams with the worst disciplinary records in the league. Between them, they have committed 525 fouls, picked up 70 yellows, 4 red cards, and conceded 4 penalties.
Torquay have had the most shots come off the woodwork this season, with 10. Oxford on the other hand have had 5.
After a difficult November, Oxford are so far unbeaten in December, gaining 7 points out of a possible 9. Only Accrington Stanley and Port Vale have done better, with 9 out of 9. Torquay have scored 6 points, and have been beaten once.
Torquay are enjoying a good run of form of late. Losing once in the last 8 games. This was preceded by a torrid spell where they only won once in 11 games.