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Three To Watch: The trio of Oxford Utd players we think might cause Sunderland problems today

Who should Sunderland be wary of in the Oxford team when the two sides go face to face this afternoon?

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Cameron Brannigan

19/20 Games/Goals: 29/7

Highly rated Cameron Brannigan has long been thought of as one of the best midfielders in League One. The Liverpool academy product is in double figures for goals and assists already this season, and is adept at playing in several roles across the middle for Karl Robinson. With Alex Gorrin suspended and loanee Liam Kelly out injured, the U’s will be hoping for a big performance from their number eight.

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Rob Dickie

19/20 Games/Goals: 35/1

Dubbed as the next Harry Maguire, the 23-year-old has already been touted as a future England international by his manager.

He’s composed on the ball and looks too good to be a League One player for much longer.

Dickie has caught the eye of Premier League scouts this season during their run of form in the Carabao Cup, as they reached the quarter-finals.

Despite his younger years, he has played over 160 competitive matches after coming through the lower leagues as a youngster, maturing into a dominant, ball-playing centre half.

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Matt Taylor

19/20 Games/Goals: 24/10

Signed in the summer from Bristol City, Taylor has been the striker Oxford were crying out for since the beginning of last season.

The 29-year-old has bagged seven league goals in just 20 games this season and the goalscorer has been the perfect compliment to a side that often struggled to put the ball in the net last term, even when well on top. He’ll be full of confidence too after his last gasp equaliser at Burton Albion snatched a point for his side.

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