Middlesbrough vs Oxford United preview: Underdogs seeking second North-East scalp

Middlesbrough will be looking to put the stresses of a Premier League relegation fight to one side as they welcome League One outfit Oxford United to the Riverside in the last 16 of the FA Cup. The winner of this match will be one round away from a semi-final trip to Wembley, but contrasting seasons mean it may be the visitors who have more focus on the task at hand. Safely in mid-table in the third tier but seven points from the play-off positions, the cup presents an opportunity for the U's to make a further impression after knocking Newcastle United out in the previous round. Team news Boro fans will be hopeful of seeing a return to the starting eleven for Gaston Ramirez after injury and a transfer request have seen him left out in recent weeks. New signing Adlene Guedioura is unavailable after featuring in the same competition for Watford this season and Antonio Barragan is out injured, but George Friend could also be in line for a return having suffered an injury in...
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