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Oxford v Peterborough: Prediction, Tips and Odds

Oxford United and Peterborough have both had their ups and downs in League One this season and the first leg of their play-off semi-final could be well worth watching.

These sides have both lacked something in terms of consistency at times this season and an open, attacking first leg showdown could be in store.

Oxford v Peterborough

Oxford v Peterborough betting tips and predictions

Draw - 29/10

Oxford and Peterborough each recorded a wide-margin win at home in their regular-season meetings and there is likely to be no holding back when they lock horns in the first leg of their play-off semi-final on Saturday.

The Posh cruised to a 3-0 success over Oxford at London Road in December, which extended their unbeaten run in the teams' head-to-head series to seven games, with five wins and two draws.

The boot was very much on the other foot last month in the league match at this venue, the Kassam Stadium, when Oxford romped to a 5-0 home win.

Both teams are capable of high-level performances as their top-five league positions suggest, but they are also prone to turning in some occasional poor displays.

Peterborough's automatic promotion hopes took a huge knock when they lost four successive games in February and another eye-catching upset was their 3-1 home defeat by last-placed Carlisle in March.

However, the Posh squad is awash with attacking talent and they were the division's top scorers with 89 goals - 11 more than the top two teams, Portsmouth and Derby.

They are certainly capable of a much-improved performance on their second trip to the Kassam and the draw odds of 29/10 make plenty of appeal in the first leg.

Oxford finally seem to be getting their act together under Des Buckingham, who replaced former manager Liam Manning in November, and they have lost only one of their last eight games.

They are a tough team to trust as favourites, though, and they had a shaky spell with only one win in 10 games in January and February. United have failed to win four of their last seven home games, with the other two successes apart from the Peterborough game coming against relegated duo Cheltenham and Fleetwood.

Any result is usually in play in Peterborough matches - the Posh won the first leg of their play-off semi-final 4-0 at home to Sheffield Wednesday last season but still didn't reach Wembley - and the draw looks overpriced for their first-leg visit to Oxford.

Time of first goal 21-30 minutes - 9/2

It would be a huge surprise if this game is a drab, defensive affair as that is not either team's style and backing the first goal to arrive in the 10 minutes leading up to the half-hour mark is appealing at 9/2.

The teams combined for five first-half goals in their two league meetings this season with Peterborough scoring after 23 and 34 minutes in the game at London Road, while Oxford were ahead 3-0 at the break last month after goals in the 19th, 31st and 38th minutes.

The Boro defence has been breached early in each of their last two games, with four goals conceded before the 21st minute against Bolton and Cheltenham, but prior to that they had struck first in games against Bristol Rovers (41 minutes) and Fleetwood (17).

Oxford netted after 12 and 40 minutes at Exeter last week and conceded after 32 at home to Stevenage before that.

The U's found the net after 24 minutes against Burton and 14 against Fleetwood before their win over Peterborough and a first goal between 21-30 minutes looks to offer reasonable value.

Joel Randall first goalscorer - 14/1

Peterborough are the top scorers in League One but they have really shared the goals around with five players reaching double figures and leading marksman Ephron Mason-Clarke ranking only joint-10th in the division.

Joel Randall is joint-second in the Boro goal charts with 12 goals, the same as Jonson Clarke-Harris, but the 24-year-old attacking midfielder is very much the man in form and looks a solid each-way first-scorer selection at 14/1.

Randall has scored four goals in his last seven League One games and has netted in each of their last two matches, having opened the scoring in the 2-0 victory over Bristol Rovers and supplied Boro's second strike in last week's lively 3-3 draw with Bolton.

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