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Preview: Lincoln City v Wycombe Wanderers

Wycombe Wanderers will hope to get back to winning ways and keep their title challenge alive when they take on Lincoln City at Sincil Bank on Tuesday evening.


Lincoln City are currently 13th in the table with 44 points from 33 games played, 20 of those points having been won on their home turf at Sincil Bank.

The Imps are currently 13 points away from a play-off place but do have 2 games in hand on 7th placed Gillingham.

After a dreadful start to the season which saw them pick up only 6 points from a possible 24, Lincoln turned things round in impressive fashion with 16 points out of a possible 18 in October.

Unfortunately for them, the revival stopped there and they didn't win any of their games in November, picking up only 2 points from a possible 12.

The following month was a little better with the Imps winning twice, but their home victory over Accrington on the 12th of December was the last time the Lincoln fans have seen their side win at Sincil Bank.

January brought them an away win at Gillingham but their other 4 games were all draws. Then last month the Imps drew 1-1 at Morecambe and won 1-0 at Port Vale, before returning to Sincil Bank and losing 1-0 to Rotherham.

So far, March has gone from one extreme to the other for Lincoln. An Excellent 3-0 win at Dagenham last Tuesday was followed on Saturday by a humbling 5-1 defeat at the hands of relegation strugglers and local rivals Grimsby Town.

Lincoln have kept 9 clean sheets in their 33 league games.

They have scored 43 league goals (22 at home) and have conceded 41 (16 at home).

13 different players have scored for Lincoln so far this season and their top marksman is Dany N'Guessan with 9 goals in all competitions. Adrian Patulea is next with 8 goals while Lee Frecklington scored 7 before joining Peterborough United on loan last month. Ex-Chairboy Stefan Oakes has only scored 1 goal so far this season.




Wycombe Wanderers are currently 2nd in the league with 62 points from 34 games played, 28 of those points having been won on their travels away from Adams Park.

The Chairboys are currently 4 points behind league-leaders Brentford but have 1 game in hand.

Wycombe's draw with Chesterfield on Saturday was enough to keep them in second place but the chasing pack nearly all won to increase the pressure on the Chairboys as the season enters it's final stretch.

It's five games unbeaten for them now but with three of those games finishing all square, taking their total to 14 draws so far this season, Wycombe will know that they have to find more wins if they are to maintain their challenge at the top of League two.

Despite a drop in form after Christmas, the Adams Park side are still 5 points better off than they were at this stage last season, but that was only good enough for a play-off place and Wycombe have their hearts set on going one better this season and achieving automatic promotion.

Before Saturday's 1-1 draw with Chesterfield, the Chairboys won 1-0 at Dagenham, had successive goalless draws with Rotherham and Morecambe and then beat Chester 2-0 at Adams Park last Tuesday.

Wycombe have kept 18 clean sheets in their 33 league games.

They have scored 40 league goals (15 away from home) and have conceded 21 (10 away from home).

13 different players have scored for Wycombe in all competitions and the top marksman is Matt Harrold with 12 goals. Next highest scorer is Chris Zebroski who has found the net 6 times. New January signing Jon-Paul Pittman already has 3 goals from only 5 starts and is proving to be a valuable addition to the squad.



Current League Form


Since Mid-Season
Lincoln City: Played:-10, Points:-14, Average:-1.4 Pts per game.
Wycombe:....Played:-11, Points:-16, Average:-1.45 Pts per game


Last Five League Games
Lincoln City: DWLWL - 7 points
Wycombe:...WDDWD - 9 points


Last Five Home Games
Lincoln City: DDDDL - 4 points


Last Five Away Games
Wycombe: LDLWD - 5 points




Earlier this season Wycombe thoroughly outplayed Lincoln at Adams Park but had to make do with a 1-0 win courtesy of an arguably fortunate goal from Craig Woodman.

Last Season both sides enjoyed a 1-0 victory with Scott McGleish scoring for Wycombe at Adams Park and Louis Dodds grabbing the Imps' winner at Sincil Bank.

Altogether the two sides have met on 13 occasions with 8 wins for Wycombe, 5 for Lincoln and no draws.


Previous Meetings at Sincil Bank

1993/94: Lg2 Lincoln 1 Wycombe 3
1998/99: Lg1 Lincoln 0 Wycombe 1
2004/05: Lg2 Lincoln 2 Wycombe 3
2005/06: Lg2 Lincoln 1 Wycombe 2
2006/07: Lg2 Lincoln 1 Wycombe 0
2007/08: Lg2 Lincoln 1 Wycombe 0





Ref Watch

The Referee for this match is Mr. Karl Evans from Greater Manchester.


Mr. Evans is in his 2nd season as a Football League referee. His only previous game in charge of Wycombe was last season's 1-0 win at Shrewsbury Town. So far this season he has overseen 13 games and has issued 28 yellow cards and 1 red.




Wycombe Team News

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


Lincoln Team News

Lenell John-Lewis is out injured (Hernia operation).

Daniel Hone is out injured (Knee ligament damage).




Lincoln will be smarting after their heavy defeat at the hands of local rivals Grimsby on Saturday and will feel they owe their fans a better performance against Wycombe. Those fans have only seen four home wins all season and will be hoping to see the Imps pick three points up at Sincil Bank for the first time since mid December.

Wycombe aren't creating much at the moment but would dearly love to win this one in order to keep the pressure on league leaders Brentford ahead of next Saturday's top of the table clash.



Prediction

Lincoln 0 Wycombe 0


Although someone might just nick it with a single goal.




Midweek Rivals Watch

Brentford (1st) are at Home to Barnet (19th).

Bury (3rd) are Away to Morecambe (10th).

Bradford (4th) are Away to Rochdale (5th).

Exeter (6th) are at Home to Bournemouth (23rd).

Gillingham (7th) are at Home to Darlington (12th).




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Writer: Len Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday March 8 2009

Time: 9:30PM

Your Comments

i fancy a home win here lads,sincil bank is a hard place to go and i still have nightmares from about 11 years ago when you beat us 4-1 in the cup. good luck
bluemooner_mcfc
i fancy a home win here lads,sincil bank is a hard place to go and i still have nightmares from about 11 years ago when you beat us 4-1 in the cup. good luck
bluemooner_mcfc
Looking foreward to tonight to get the Grimsby defeat out of our systems.
denno4
Looking foreward to tonight to get the Grimsby defeat out of our systems.
denno4
 

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