OXFORD United are bracing themselves for disruption if the dire forecast becomes a reality tomorrow.

A yellow weather warning is in place from 10am on Saturday as Storm Dennis hits the country.

Heavy rain and gusts of up to 50 miles per hour are predicted during the U’s home game with Sunderland.

Last weekend the Premier League clash between Manchester City and West Ham United was postponed due to safety reasons amid Storm Ciara.

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The U’s are planning for the game to go ahead, but head coach Karl Robinson believes the fixture list will be hit.

He said: “Is there another hurricane on the way? I’m sure it will be quite a lively one.

“You will have a lot of games called off at the weekend, it’s inevitable.

“Once you start getting gusts of 50mph football becomes unplayable, as well as the rain we believe is meant to drop on the Kassam on Saturday.

“We’re not looking at that as a reason not to play. We’re prepping to play.

“We’ll do everything we possibly can to get the game on.”

Robinson thought there was a chance conditions could be even worse than United’s meeting with Ipswich Town last month.

That night the match was suspended by heavy rain and gale-force winds, before conditions improved enough to allow the fixture to be completed.

John Mousinho believes that experience would stand them in good stead.

The U’s skipper said: “I thought we did really well that night to deal with the conditions and a good Ipswich side who played well.

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“We coped with it really well. I think it will go some way to helping us on Saturday.”

Even if the severity of the conditions lessen, they will have a significant impact on the way the game is played.

Mousinho said: “Playing to the weather is important and embracing and enjoying it is a big part of it.

“I think if the conditions are really bad then a lot of it comes down to who makes the fewest mistakes and probably who plays the more basic football.

“Against Ipswich in the first half was a struggle because we want to get the ball down and play.

“Sometimes in those conditions it’s impossible and plays into the opposition’s hands if you try to do too much.

“It becomes about reducing mistakes, embracing the conditions and forcing the other side to make errors.

“You have to be sensible, show a bit of experience and manage the conditions.”