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Preview: Wycombe Wanderers v Accrington Stanley

Wycombe Wanderers face Accrington Stanley at Adams Park on Saturday in a League Two fixture.


Accrington Stanley are currently 18th in the table with 27 points from 26 games.

Stanley have found life difficult on the road this season and have only won twice. Their last away win was back in October when they added to Luton Town's woes by winning 2-1 at Kenilworth Road. Before that, you have to go back to their first away fixture of the season in August when they ran out 2-0 winners at Port Vale.

Their recent form is more encouraging for their fans. A 1-1 draw with Bradford at Valley Parade was followed by a 1-1 draw at home to Barnet last Saturday and a 1-0 home win over Morecambe on Tuesday evening.

They have scored 29 league goals (11 away from home) and have conceded 39 (22 away from home)

10 different players have scored for Stanley this season in all competitions and their top marksmen are Paul Mullin (7 goals), James Ryan (6) and Jamie Clarke (5).



Wycombe Wanderers are top of League Two with 50 points from 27 games.

The Chairboys have seen their once-comfortable lead over 2nd placed Brentford reduced to 4 points after only taking 1 point from their last 3 games.

A surprise defeat at home to Grimsby was followed by a 3-1 loss at Bournemouth before the Blues stopped the rot with a slightly improved performance in a 0-0 draw at Macclesfield on Tuesday evening.

Wycombe fans will be hoping that Tuesday's clean sheet has steadied the ship and that the Chairboys can take advantage of their forthcoming home fixtures against Accrington and Barnet before they face three tough away games on-the-trot at promotion rivals Darlington, Bradford and Dagenham.

Wycombe have scored 34 league goals (20 at home) and have conceded 18 (9 at home).

12 different players have scored for Wycombe in all competitions and the top marksman is Matt Harrold with 11 goals. Next highest scorer is Chris Zebroski who has found the net 6 times, while on-loan teenager Angelo Balanta, departed defender Mike Williamson and last season's top scorer Scott McGleish all have 3 goals to their name.



Current League Form

Last Five League Games
Wycombe: DWLLD - 5 points
Accrington: WLDDW - 8 points


Last Five Home Games
Wycombe: WDDWL - 8 points


Last Five Away Games
Accrington: DLLLD - 2 points



This is only Accrington's third season back in league football.

Earlier this season Wycombe won 1-0 at Accrington courtesy of a last-gasp goal from Chris Zebroski.

Last Season, Stanley put a damper on proceedings by winning 1-0 at Adams Park on the opening day of the season. Wycombe however, gained revenge in February, winning the reverse fixture 2-0, with Goals from Scott McGleish and Leon Knight.

Two seasons ago, on their own turf, Stanley beat Wycombe 2-1 thanks to a last minute winner from Andy Mangan, Will Antwi having earlier equalised for The Blues. In the return fixture at Adams Park, Wycombe could only manage a 1-1 draw, with Kevin Betsy scoring for The Wanderers.




Ref Watch

The Referee for this match is Mr. R. East


Mr. East has previously taken charge of two Wycombe games, both of which were at Adams Park last season. The first was the Chairboys 1-0 win over Bury in which 2 yellow cards were shown and the second was a surprise 2-1 defeat against Mansfield Town during which no cards were shown. East has been the man in the middle for 29 games so far this campaign and has shown 65 yellow cards and 5 reds.




Wycombe Team News

Lewis Hunt will be out for a few more weeks with a broken bone in his foot.

Matt Bloomfield is doubtful through illness.



Stanley Team News

Stanley have signed two players on-loan during the last week.

Midfielder John Paul Kissock is a regular for Everton's reserves and was on the bench for the first team in their recent derby match against Liverpool in the Premier League.

Striker Craig Lindfield has joined on-loan from Liverpool.

Robbie Williams, Peter Murphy, Peter Cavanagh, Leam Richardson and John Mullin are all doubtful after missing Stanley's win over Morecambe on Tuesday evening.



There's no such thing as an easy game in League Two this season but a home fixture against poor travellers Stanley should be just what the doctor ordered for Wycombe as they try to put recent results behind them and return to winning ways.

Prediction

Wycombe 2 Stanley 0




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Date:Thursday January 29 2009

Time: 6:13PM

 

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