Table-toppers Crawley are the first to visit the Kassam in 2012, their first visit in the Football League. Matt Peck looks over the stats once again, examining each side's respective record and comparing our progress this season with our record at the same point last year.
Oxford: LDWWD (8 points)
Crawley Town: WWDLW (10 points)
Reverse Fixture: Crawley Town 4 – 1 Oxford United
Times played (at Oxford): 4
Crawley Town: 1
Crawley Town: 4
Last league Result (At Oxford): (29 September 2009)
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At the halfway mark in the season last year, Oxford were lying 10th, with 32 points. Compared to this year, Oxford lie in 8th, with 37 points. Trending onwards, Oxford should finish the season with 74 points, which last season would have placed Oxford in 5th...
Crawley Town were already on 53 points at the half way mark last season, and were 6 games into an unbeaten run, which would continue to the end of the season. They would finish the season with 105 points, meaning their first half of the season was better, by 1 point!
Crawley had their 13 game unbeaten run this season ended on Boxing day at the hands of in-form Gillingham.
Oxford are on an unbeaten run of 4 themselves, and have also kept 4 clean sheets in the process. This means Oxford have gone from conceding 9 league goals (13 in all comps) in November to 0 goals in December.
If Clarke can keep a clean sheet for 20 minutes at the Kassam on Monday, he would have gone 400 minutes without conceding.
But Clarke may have his work cut out, as Crawley have scored 6 times in the opening 20 minutes this season, while Oxford have conceded 8.