FA Cup Preview: AFC Wimbledon v Wycombe
On Monday evening Wycombe Wanderers travel to Kingsmeadow to face AFC Wimbledon in the 1st round of the FA Cup.
The Dons are currently 3rd in the Blue Square South with 29 points from 14 games.
They are unbeaten at home in the league, having won 6 and drawn 1 of their 7 fixtures at the Cherry Red Records Fan's Stadium.
With 32 league goals, The Dons are the division's top scorers.
At home they have scored 19 league goals and conceded only 6.
Top scorer in the Blue Square South division is Dons' striker Jon Main with 12 league goals to his name so far.
The Dons' path to the 1st round of the FA Cup is as follows:
Bedford Town (A) 2-2
Bedford Town (H) 3-0
Dover Athletic (A) 0-0
Dover Athletic (H) 2-0
Maidstone Utd (A) 1-0
Dons' midfielder Sam Hatton scored the only goal of the Maidstone game and was subsequently made E.ON Player Of The Round, receiving 55% of the vote.
Hatton is looking forward to Monday's game and had this to say to the FA website: 'Wycombe are going well at the minute and we probably couldn`t have got a much tougher fixture, but it`s a one-off game and we`re confident we can get a result; you never know what can happen in The FA Cup.'
'I`ve not played in front of the TV cameras before, so I really don`t know what to expect,' he admitted. 'At the moment, I'm not feeling too nervous, but I'm sure I will be a bit closer to the game!'
Wycombe Wanderers may still be unbeaten in League Two with 28 points from 14 games, but it's their cup form so far this season which will worry Blues' fans.
In the 1st round of the Carling Cup a useful looking Birmingham team brushed Wycombe aside to win 4-0 at Adams Park. Whilst there is no shame in losing to a side from two divisions above, it was the fact that the team went down without so much as a whimper that pained supporters.
Things didn't improve when the first outing in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy saw Wycombe given another home tie, this time against League Two rivals Shrewsbury Town. The club rewarded loyal fans and encouraged new ones with free or reduced-price tickets, only for the team to drive them away again, embarrassing the home crowd with the worst performance in blue quarters for some years. Shrewsbury walked all over Wycombe that night, eventually running out 7-0 winners.
Reading and Southend have refused permission for on-loan players Simon Church and Franck Moussa to play in the FA Cup for the Blues.
This game comes too soon for Matt Bloomfield and Will Antwi, who are likely to make their comebacks in the reserves against Southend later in the week.
Peter Taylor has said that Gavin Grant is not likely to be available again until later in November.
Some Wycombe fans would welcome a cup run, while others may feel that it could prove a distraction from the more important matter of achieving promotion from League Two. I'm in the first camp. A few rounds of FA Cup football should not do any harm to our prospects, it's not as if we're still playing in the JPT and Carling Cup. Hopefully manager Peter Taylor will field his strongest available team.
However, this looks like a tough tie for Wycombe. The Dons home form is impressive and they will have a full house cheering them on, with the TV cameras present to record their first proper FA Cup tie since they reinvented themselves in the aftermath of Winkleman and co.
The Blues look light in the striking department with Church out and McGleish gone, but you would expect them to cope in midfield and defence if Taylor fields his strongest side.
AFC Wimbledon 0 Wycombe 0