Newcastle are now unbeaten in seven but have found it hard to get over the line with just two wins from these games.
This spell included a 1-0 win over Chelsea and stalemates with Wolves and Everton, as well as a 4-1 triumph over Rochdale, but both victories came on home turf and this period also included disappointing draws with Rochdale (A), Oxford (H) and Norwich (H).
The U’s have drawn three of four unbeaten games now, all finishing 0-0 or 1-1, so we wouldn’t be surprised if this game also fails to see a high output.
The Magpies are hardly awash with goals, with £40m flop Joelinton managing just one in the league this season, while fellow forwards Andy Carroll and Dwight Gayle are both sidelined with injury.
There’s also a dearth of creativity with Jonjo Shelvey missing too, as Newcastle have struggled for victories in the 27-year-old’s absence.
They’ve drawn five of their last six where he’s played under half an hour, while going back to the start of the season, they’re just W3-D7-L6 when he’s managed an hour or less.
Under 2.5 Goals
Steve Bruce’s side have been far better on home turf throughout the campaign and would be as high as seventh in a table based on home games alone at present (albeit having played a game more than a cluster of teams).
However, in 13 matches on the road this season, Newcastle have managed to score more than once on just three occasions now.
In fact, excluding ‘Big Six’ opposition, they’ve seen fewer than three goals in five of their past six on their travels, so we’re not expecting major fireworks at the Kassam Stadium.
Oxford And Newcastle To Draw
The Magpies actually lost 3-0 at this same venue back in January 2017, but we’re not so sure that result will have any major bearing on this clash.
Oxford are however doing well in League One and sit just three points off the play-offs, and with Newcastle enduring recent stalemates against below-par outfits, we wouldn’t feel confident of siding with the Premier League side away from St. James’ Park.
The stalemate is a more attractive option than the hosts on the handicap though, as the Magpies have been tough to overcome of late and remain solid defensively.
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