Oxford vs Wimbledon Predictions, Betting Tips and Preview
Oxford and AFC Wimbledon met twice in League Two action last season and will now meet as League One sides comfortably occupying mid-table places. Below are our predictions, betting tips and preview.
Game: Oxford United vs AFC Wimbledon
Venue: Kassam Stadium
Kick-off: Sunday 9th October, 12.15pm
It took Wimbledon some time to find their feet at this level. I certainly fancied them myself for a promotion last season once they snuck in to the playoffs, but they weren't the most talented team in them. It doesn't surprise us that they took their time to find their way, but now only Sheffield United have beaten them in their last eight games.
Oxford hit the ground running but have since tailed off. They're currently suffering their first run of poor form since promotion, winning just one of their last five games. All four of the promoted sides have shown enough to suggest they'll survive in this division.
Last seasons meetings between these two sides went the way of the automatically promoted side. In fact, Oxford have won 10 and drawn two of the all time 12 meetings between these sides. Wimbledon have never been victorious.
Match Predictions and Betting Tips
Oxford are an even money bet with Sky Bet and several other bookmakers whilst the draw can be backed at 13/5 with Bet Victor. Wimbledon aren't that big a price given this would be a 'historical' win. You can back them at best odds 14/5 with Matchbook.
If we look too much in to the past then Wimbledon getting a winhere would constitute a shock. It certainly wouldn't be that. Not only in years gone by, but in Oxford's recent promotion campaign and now, they definitely have more of a wealth of talent and money at their disposal, so it's not surprising these two promoted teams had to achieve it in very different ways and styles.
I wouldn't want to just write AFC off by any means because I think they'll more than contribute to a good game here. They're capable of winning given recent performances. I think Oxford made the most of a Bolton side who are terrible in front of goal at present.
Bolton aside, Oxford have beaten two sides in the relegation zone at the time, 15th placed Peterborough (at the time) and also struggled against relegation placed Southend and Charlton. Sheffield United and Bristol Rovers were comfortable against them, so I think United will struggle with a run of increasingly tougher games. Back AFC Wimbledon to win at odds of 14/5 with Matchbook as our free betting tip.
Although they're capable of finding the back of the net, clean sheets have been a rariety. You'd think Oxford would have enough to score in front of their own fans in most games this season, but they themselves have only kept three clean sheets in 15 games. Back Wimbledon to win this game 2-1 at odds of 11/1 with Bet365.
Wimbledon have been a threat from set pieces and they really push numbers forward, which is why they've scored 22 goals through 11 different sources this season. Already six different strikers have got on the score sheet in all competitions, but Dom Poleon is looking dangerous. Back Poleon to score at odds of 16/5 with Paddy Power.
Free Betting Tip
AFC Wimbledon - 14/5 with Matchbook
Correct Score Prediction
Wimbledon 2-1 - 11/1 with Bet365
Dominic Poleon - 16/5 with Paddy Power