Preview: Dagenham v Wycombe
Weather permitting, Wycombe Wanderers travel to Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday for a League Two fixture.
The Daggers are having a great season so far and currently lie 4th in League Two with 38 points from 23 games, 11 points behind Wycombe but with one game in hand.
Having been in amongst the promotion contenders right from the start of the season, the Daggers have silenced those who thought they would fade away by maintaining their challenge and putting together an impressive recent run of results. In fact, Dagenham haven't tasted defeat in League Two since the 25th November when they narrowly lost 2-1 at Shrewsbury Town.
In recent games, the Daggers followed up victories over Macclesfield and Gillingham by becoming the first team to win at Aldershot this season. They would have made it 4 wins in a row and moved into 3rd place, had Rotherham not scored a stoppage time equaliser in the 1-1 draw at Don Valley Stadium last Saturday.
The Daggers are top scorers in League Two with 46 goals (26 at home) and have conceded 24 (only 6 at home).
11 different players have scored for Dagenham this season and their top marksman is Paul Benson with 16 goals in all competitions. Ben Strevens is the next highest scorer with 10 strikes to his name.
Wycombe Wanderers are 8 points clear at the top of League Two with 49 points from 24 games.
Having only lost once in the league so far this season, Wycombe have proved themselves to be a tough nut to crack. In recent games the Chairboys have won at Shrewsbury, then drawn with both Exeter and Gillingham, before returning to winning ways with a 2-1 victory over Bury at Adams Park last Saturday.
Wycombe have scored 33 league goals (13 away from home) and have conceded 14 (6 away from home).
12 different players have scored for Wycombe in all competitions and the top marksman is Matt Harrold with 10 goals. Next highest scorer is Chris Zebroski who had found the net 6 times before his enforced absence through injury. On-loan teenager Angelo Balanta is rapidly making his way up the scoring charts, having found the net 3 times in only 7 starts.
Current League Form
Last Five League Games
Dagenham: DWWWD - 11 points
Wycombe : DWDDW - 9 points
Last Five Home Games
Dagenham: LWDWW - 10 points
Last Five Away Games
Wycombe: DWLWD - 8 points
Last season Wycombe came from 2 goals behind to force a draw at Victoria Road, courtesy of a Matt Bloomfield strike followed by a last minute penalty conversion from Jermaine Easter. In the return match at Adams Park, Dagenham converted their own penalty to win 1-0.
Earlier this season Wycombe won 2-1 at Adams Park with 2 goals from Mike Williamson. In an eventful encounter, the Chairboys played most of the game with 10 men after Simon Church was sent off and the Daggers squandered a chance to level the match in stoppage time when they missed a penalty.
2005/06: FLT Wycombe 2 Dagenham 1
2007/08: Lg2 Dagenham 2 Wycombe 2
2007/08: Lg2 Wycombe 0 Dagenham 1
2008/09: Lg2 Wycombe 2 Dagenham 1
This week's referee is Mr. Kevin Wright
Mr. Wright has mainly taken charge of Championship or League One games so far this season and has issued 3 red and 36 yellow cards in 18 appearances. The last time he was the man in the middle for a Wycombe game was December 2006 when the Chairboys lost 2-1 at Swindon Town.
Tommy Doherty is available again after suspension.
Scott McGleish is available for selection after returning from his loan-spell at Northampton.
Newly signed defender Chris Casement is available for selection.
Chris Zebroski is expected to remain sidelined through injury
New signing TJ Moncur is doubtful through injury.
David McCracken is likely to miss out through injury
Lewis Hunt will be out for two months with a broken bone in his foot.
Dagenham's Peter Gain and Magnus Okuonghae are suspended for this game.
The game between these two sides at Adams Park in September was a thriller and if this one can come close to matching it for excitement, it will be well worth taking the short trip round London to watch it.
Following a couple of poor performances, Wycombe looked much better against Bury last weekend and will need to repeat that form against a dangerous Dagenham side who have promotion hopes of their own.
The Daggers don't concede many at home and Wycombe don't concede many on their travels, so a single goal may be enough to decide what could be a tense encounter.
Dagenham 0 Wycombe 1
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