The goals could flow in the second period of the first live League One Sunday clash.
Oxford v AFC Wimbledon - Sunday 12:15, Sky Sports 1
The transition from League Two to League One has been fairly straightforward for both these teams but Michael Appleton and Neal Ardley have identified the importance of scoring the first goal as the major difference between the two divisions, so both have placed a heavy emphasis on concentration levels at 0-0. Needless to say, this might be a slow burner.
But don’t despair, the respective shot data suggests there’s much greater potential for a high-scoring encounter than the market would indicate. Once the deadlock has been broken, it should open up into quite a lively affair. On that basis, rather than playing the total goals market, it could pay back over 2.5 second half goals at 15/4.
Oxford’s 11 matches have produced only seven first-half goals - the lowest in the division - with six games remaining goalless at the interval, yet the second period has been a feast by comparison with the net bulging 16 times. Last weekend’s 2-0 away win at Bolton was a fine case in point, the goals arriving on 81 and 90 minutes.
Meanwhile, Ardley prides himself on his variety of attacking options and ability to alter the course of games from the bench with seven of their 15 goals arriving in the final 20 minutes. However, Oxford did the double in this fixture last season and remain the better side overall. Take the 22/5 available on the Draw/Oxford half time/full time option.