JOHN Coleman is predicting an attractive game tomorrow night when he takes his Accrington Stanley side to Oxford United.

The teams drew the reverse fixture 2-2 in October, while Stanley did the double over United last season. 

Coleman rates the U's display at the Crown Ground in the autumn highly and is predicting another entertaining clash.

“Oxford have got back on track after their FA Cup run and they are probably one of the best teams who have played here,” Coleman told the club's website.

“They are a top side, they turned in probably the best performance at our place this season when we drew 2-2 with them and it was a cracking game.

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“We know all about them and they will know about us.

“I like Karl, it will be good to see him and have a bit of banter on the sidelines and hopefully get the win.

“He knows good players and he sets them up well, he plays attractive football and he plays football the way I like it to be played so that means it should be a good game, weather permitting.

“Oxford can be a big club and Karl has got them going now and, if he gets them promoted, who knows what they can do in the Championship?”

Accrington won three games in a row to open up a 16-point cushion over the Sky Bet League One relegation zone.

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That run came to an end on Saturday with a 2-1 home defeat to Rotherham United.

But the leaders needed a stoppage-time strike to win the game, which gives Coleman cause for optimism ahead of the visit to the Kassam Stadium.

He said: “We have pushed them all the way and they are top of the league so it shows you that we have improved.

“The fact I am disappointed we didn’t win and disappointed we didn’t get something out of the game against the league leaders shows how far we have come.

“We know we can compete against the better teams and we have got to keep doing it."