Coventry suffered Championship playoff heartbreak last season, losing on penalties to Luton Town in the final, but they are again in the playoff mix at this stage of the 2023-24 campaign, picking up 37 points from their 26 matches to sit in eighth position in the table.
Mark Robins’s side only three points behind sixth-placed Sunderland, and they are unbeaten in their last seven Championship matches, winning four times during that run.
The Sky Blues recorded a 3-1 win over Middlesbrough on New Year’s Day, with the visitors netting three times without reply after Josh Coburn had sent the hosts ahead at the Riverside Stadium.
Robins’s team lost 4-3 to Wrexham in the third round of last season’s FA Cup, but they have won this competition, lifting the trophy in 1987 courtesy of a 3-2 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in the final.
Coventry last locked horns with Oxford in August 2019, and the League One contest finished 3-3, but there has been a winner in 13 of their 14 previous meetings in all competitions, with the Sky Blues leading the overall head-to-head eight victories to five.
Oxford are also pushing for promotion this season, with the U’s currently sitting fifth in the League One table, boasting 46 points from their opening 25 matches of the campaign.
Des Buckingham’s side are three points ahead of seventh-placed Stevenage and will enter this match off the back of a 2-1 victory at Charlton on New Year’s Day.
The Yellows have had to win twice to advance to the third round of this season’s FA Cup, beating both Maidenhead United and Grimsby Town 2-0 in front of their own supporters.
Oxford will be up against it this weekend, but Coventry might have one eye on next weekend’s huge Championship clash with Leicester City, which could play into the away team’s hands in this match.
The U’s have won four of their last five matches in the FA Cup, but they were beaten 3-0 by Arsenal in the third round of last season’s competition.