MyBetBuddy’s EFL expert takes a look into the televised FA Cup tie between Hayes & Yeading and Oxford United.
Oxford United are one of League One’s form teams and they travel to Hayes & Yeading of the Southern League Division South. On paper, there is a gulf of class between these two teams, but when was a match ever won on paper?
Oxford are unbeaten since early September in the league. Currently occupying a play-off place, the Yellows will certainly go into this one full of confidence.
Hayes & Yeading are just two points above the relegation zone in the seventh tier. Despite this, they are unbeaten in their last five games in all competitions.
Oxford have been hit with quite a few injuries recently. George Thorne, Jamie Hanson, Cameron Brannagan and Ben Woodburn are all likely to miss this game.
United manager Paul Hughes said that some players may have fitness issues but he was keen to keep his cards close to his chest, so did not reveal any names.
Oxford have been in fine form as of late. There is no reason to suggest that they will not continue their good run here. They are the second top scorers in League One and have won by a -1 handicap five times in the league already this season.
Oxford have a tenure to blow teams away early on. They have scored two first half goals in three League One games so far. They will look to attack early and win the tie as quickly as possible, so they can rest players in the second half to avoid any more injuries. 2.63 looks a generous price for this.