Friday, 2 March 2012

What the Stats Say...Swindon

It's 'the big one' this weekend, with the visit of Swindon Town to the Kassam and it couldn't have come at a worse time. While United have been grinding through tight games against lowly opposition, Swindon have been sweeping all before them and are currently on a record-breaking run of 10 victories on the bounce. Matt Peck brings us the stats and, I have to say, it looks ominous...


Form (League)
Oxford: DWDWD (9 pts)
Swindon: WWWWW (15 pts)

Times played (at Oxford): 2
Oxford: 7
Swindon: 5
Draws: 12
Oxford: 32
Swindon: 25

Last league Result (At Oxford): (10 March 2001)
Oxford United 0 v 2 Swindon
                                 Robinson (29’, 90’)

Reverse Fixture: Swindon 1 - 2 Oxford United


A lot has changed since the reverse fixture at the County Ground in August. Swindon were 19th with just 1 win in 4 after the derby clash. Oxford were 8th, with just 1 defeat.

Swindon have the best form in the entire country coming into this fixture, while Oxford have struggled of late to close games out, drawing 12 games already this season.

The fixture has produced a large number of draws, more surprising perhaps is that half of these stalemates have been 0-0’s. The last 0-0 at Oxford was, however, back in 1980.

Oxford’s largest win over Swindon was in 1982, a thumping 5-0 win. Swindon’s largest win over Oxford came in 1990, when they beat Oxford 2-4.

Swindon have conceded just 6 goals since Christmas. The same number they conceded in August alone.

Matt Richie and James Constable both occupy spots in the top 10 shot takers. Ritchie taking 38 strikes on target, Constable having 34.

Graham Salisbury is the referee for the game. He was also the referee for Oxford’s 3-1 defeat to Crewe back in September. He has mainly officiated Championship games this season, and has dished out 3 red cards so far.

The last time the two met in the league at Oxford, Swindon ran out 0-2 winners, with Oxford reduced to 9 men. The result boosted Swindon’s survival hopes, while crushing Oxford’s.

This is Swindon’s first visit to the Kassam since the FA Cup tie in 2001 where Jefferson Louis’ goal in the second half earned Oxford a trip to Highbury.

The attendance that day was 11,625 and Oxford can expect an almost identical number on Saturday, but will fall shy of the Kassam stadium record, and that set in the Play Off against Rushden by virtue of a larger segregation area.

The largest attendance ever for this fixture was 21,903 in 1969. This game finished 0-0.


Post a Comment