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Chairboys aim for Christmas joy at Yeovil

Wycombe Wanderers travel to Yeovil Town on Boxing Day for their 23rd league game of the season.


Yeovil are currently 17th in the table with 25 points from their opening 22 league games.

The Glovers have shared the points more often than any other side in the division this season, with last week's draw at Hartlepool their third in a row and their tenth so far this campaign.

Home form has been important in keeping them out of the relegation zone and seventeen of their points have been earned on their own turf, where they have only lost twice in eleven league games.

Not especially prolific goalscorers, Yeovil have only found the net once more than Wycombe in all competitions this season but they have the edge defensively with nine fewer goals conceded.

Jonathan Obika, a nineteen year old striker on a season-long loan from Spurs, is the Glovers' top marksman so far this season with six goals from open play, although recently he's been used more as an impact player coming off the bench. Dean Bowdich, who made eleven appearances for the Chairboys in 2006, has scored four goals for the West Country side despite only making four starts and a similar number of substitute appearances.

In central midfield, the Glovers have benefitted from a gritty partnership between Shaun MacDonald and Jean-Paul Kalala, but with loanee MacDonald returning to his parent club Swansea this week, they will have to make a change for Saturday's game.

Since February of this year, Yeovil have been managed by Terry Skiverton, who in his playing days made well over 300 appearances for the club. Skiverton also made 22 appearances for Wycombe Wanderers during a two year spell between 1995 and 1997.

The Glovers play at Huish Park, a 9,665 capacity stadium which opened in July 1990.


Wycombe are currently 23rd in the table with 18 points from their opening 22 league games.

Last week's draw at home to Oldham Athletic saw the Chairboys drop to second bottom of the league, five points below the safety of 20th spot.

The Oldham result was a good one in the circumstances, with a defeat looking likely after on-loan striker John Akinde was sent off with seventy minutes still to play, but the striker's moment of madness has led to a three-match suspension which could have further implications for a Wycombe side who are desperately short of players with an eye for goal.

Substitute Matt Harrold bravely stepped up to score the late penalty which earned Wycombe their point on Saturday, but with no league goals from open play since the Chairboys visited Norwich in August, the big centre forward is unlikely to strike fear in the hearts of his former club Yeovil this weekend.

Jon-Paul Pittman and Stuart Beavon are the other strikers available to manager Gary Waddock, but although both have always looked nippy and dangerous during their limited opportunities, it seems the new Wycombe boss prefers a big man up front.

Ask any Wycombe fan who they feel is most likely to find the net for their side on Saturday and I wouldn't mind betting that most would nominate Scott Davies. The on-loan midfielder has soared to the top of the Chairboys' shooting charts with 42 attempts on goal in 12 games since his arrival in mid-October and the thought of him returning to Reading next month is not one the fans will wish to dwell on.

Defensively, the Chairboys have tightened up considerably since they conceded 13 goals in three games at the beginning of November, but despite the improvement, they still look vulnerable to anyone one with a modicum of pace and this is another area manager Gary Waddock will no doubt hope to strengthen during the January transfer window.

Midfield is the one area where Wycombe can more than compete in this division, and with the current triumvirate of Doherty, Davies and Mousinho in the middle, with Betsy and Phillips providing the width, the Chairboys are perfectly capable of matching the Glovers in the centre of the park on Saturday, but it's what happens in front of goal that decides games.

Apart from the suspended Akinde, Wycombe are also without Leon Johnson and Lewis Montrose who are still recovering from operations.



Yeovil's last five games (All Competitions)

LG1: Gillingham (A)...........Lost 1-0
LG1: Walsall (H)................Lost 3-1
LG1: Franchise (A)...........Drew 2-2
LG1: Norwich (H).............Drew 3-3
LG1: Hartlepool (A)..........Drew 1-1


Wycombe's last five games (All Competitions)

LG1: Brentford (H)...........Won 1-0
LG1: Southampton (A)......Lost 1-0
LG1: Stockport (H)...........Won 2-1
LG1: Carlisle (A) .............Lost 1-0
LG1: Oldham (H)............Drew 2-2


Yeovil Goal Stats (25 games in all Competitions)

Goals Scored (Total).........29
Goals Conceded (Total).....39

Goals Scored (Home)........20
Goals Conceded (Home)....20

Clean Sheets....5


Wycombe Goals Stats (26 games in all Competitions)

Goals Scored (Total).........28
Goals Conceded (Total).....48

Goals Scored (Away)........11
Goals Conceded (Away)....25

Clean Sheets....2


Yeovil's Top Goal Scorers (All Competitions)

Jonathan Obika..........6
Ryan Masson.............4
Dean Bowditch...........4
Gavin Tomlin.............3 (inc 2 pens)
Kieran Murtagh..........2
Shaun MacDonald.......2
Sam Williams.............2
Scott Murray..............2 (inc 1 pen)

Four other Yeovil players have each scored 1 goal.


Wycombe's Top Goal Scorers (All Competitions)

Matt Harrold...............7 (inc 4 pens)
Jon-Paul Pittman.........6 (inc 1 pen)
Scott Davies...............4
Chris Zebroski............2
Chris Westwood..........2

Seven other Wycombe players have each scored 1 goal.


Yeovil Shooting (Top-3)

Ryan Masson..........15 on-target.....7 off-target.....1 against woodwork
Sam Williams...........9 on-target....13 off-target.....0 against woodwork
Shaun MacDonald...12 on-target.....7 off-target.....0 against woodwork


Wycombe Shooting (Top-3)

Scott Davies...........17 on-target....21 off-target....4 against woodwork
Matt Phillips............15 on-target....14 off-target....1 against woodwork
Jon-Paul Pittman.....15 on-target....12 off-target....0 against woodwork


Shooting (Club)
Yeovil...........101 on target.....97 off target....4 against woodwork
Wycombe......121 on target...104 off target....6 against woodwork



League Form Guide

All Games
Yeovil..........Pld: 22...W: 5...D: 10...L: 7.....Pts: 25...Pts per game: 1.14
Wycombe....Pld: 22...W: 4...D: 6.....L: 12...Pts: 18...Pts per game: 0.82


Against Top Half Opposition
Yeovil............Pld: 12.....Pts: 11...Pts per game: 0.91
Wycombe.......Pld: 12.....Pts: 9.....Pts per game: 0.75


Against Bottom Half Opposition
Yeovil.............Pld: 10.....Pts: 14....Pts per game: 1.40
Wycombe........Pld: 10.....Pts: 9......Pts per game: 0.90


Last Five league Games
Yeovil:..............LLDDD - 3 points
Wycombe:.......WLWLD - 7 points


Last Five League Games (Home)
Yeovil:..............WWDLD - 8 points


Last Five League Games (Away)
Wycombe:.........DLWLL - 4 points



Previous Meetings

In 2 previous meetings there have been 0 wins for Wycombe, 1 for Yeovil and 1 draw.

2004/05 LG2: Wycombe 0 Yeovil 1
2004/05 LG2: Yeovil 1 Wycombe 1



The Man In The Middle

Saturday's referee is Roger East from Wiltshire who became a National List Referee in 2007. His last Wycombe game was the 2-1 win over Accrington Stanley at Adams Park in January of this year. So far this season, he's issued 46 yellow and 3 red cards in 18 games.


Prediction

Home Win




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Date:Thursday December 24 2009

Time: 12:58PM

 

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