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Preview: Wycombe Wanderers v Brighton

Wycombe Wanderers entertain fellow strugglers Brighton at Adams Park on Monday as we enter the second half of the season with both clubs languishing in the relegation zone.


The two sides have already met three times this season with Brighton winning the league game at the Withdean Stadium 1-0 and also knocking Wycombe out of the FA Cup with a 2-0 home victory in the replay which followed a thrilling 4-4 draw at Adams Park.

Statistically there's not much to chose between the two sides, both have conceded over 50 goals in all competitions and neither are prolific goalscorers, although it's perhaps worrying to note that Brighton have scored 21% of their season's goal-tally against the Chairboys.

The Seagulls come into the game on the back of a disappointing goalless draw at home to Orient on Boxing Day, a game they would have been desperate to win with the O's just one place and three points ahead of them in 20th spot, just outside the relegation zone.

The Chairboys had high hopes of picking up a good tally of points in December, but their poor record against teams from the bottom half of the table has continued and yesterday's 4-0 defeat at Yeovil was the tenth time they have failed to beat a side from the lower half, their only success coming against bottom side Stockport County.

With Brighton in 21st place on 21 points and Wycombe in 23rd with 18, tomorrow's game is a real relegation battle which Wycombe certainly can't afford to lose and although both managers will tell you there's no such thing as a six-pointer, if there was, this is it.

Brighton skipper Andrew Crofts and striker Liam Dickinson are both suspended for Monday's game while Wycombe are missing injured duo Leon Johnson and Lewis Montrose along with the suspended John Akinde.


Brighton's last five games (All Competitions)

LG1: Charlton (H)..............Lost 2-0
LG1: Exeter (A).................Won 1-0
LG1: Colchester (H)...........Lost 2-1
LG1: Swindon (A)..............Lost 2-1
LG1: Orient (H) ...............Drew 0-0


Wycombe's last five games (All Competitions)

LG1: Southampton (A)......Lost 1-0
LG1: Stockport (H)...........Won 2-1
LG1: Carlisle (A) .............Lost 1-0
LG1: Oldham (H)............Drew 2-2
LG1: Yeovil (A)................Lost 4-0


Brighton Goal Stats (28 games in all Competitions)

Goals Scored (Total).........34
Goals Conceded (Total).....51

Goals Scored (Away)........18
Goals Conceded (Away)....28

Clean Sheets....7


Wycombe Goals Stats (27 games in all Competitions)

Goals Scored (Total).........28
Goals Conceded (Total).....52

Goals Scored (Home)........17
Goals Conceded (Home)....23

Clean Sheets....2


Brighton's Top Goal Scorers (All Competitions)

Nicky Forster.............12 (inc 2 pens)
Liam Dickinson............6
Glenn Murray..............5 (inc 2 pens)
Andrew Crofts.............4
Elliott Bennett..............3
James Tunnicliffe.........2

Two other Brighton 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.


Brighton Shooting (Top-3)

Nicky Forster.........29 on-target...22 off-target...1 against woodwork
Liam Dickinson......17 on-target...18 off-target...1 against woodwork
Glenn Murray........11 on-target...15 off-target...1 against woodwork


Wycombe Shooting (Top-3)

Scott Davies...........18 on-target...21 off-target...4 against woodwork
Matt Phillips............15 on-target...15 off-target...1 against woodwork
Jon-Paul Pittman.....16 on-target...12 off-target...0 against woodwork


Shooting (Club)
Brighton...............121 on target...109 off target...9 against woodwork
Wycombe.............125 on target...105 off target...6 against woodwork



League Form Guide

All Games
Brighton......Pld: 23...W: 5...D: 6...L: 12....Pts: 21...Pts per game: 0.91
Wycombe....Pld: 23...W: 4...D: 6...L: 13....Pts: 18...Pts per game: 0.78


Against Top Half Opposition
Brighton.......Pld: 12....Pts: 6.....Pts per game: 0.50
Wycombe.....Pld: 12....Pts: 11...Pts per game: 0.91


Against Bottom Half Opposition
Brighton........Pld: 11....Pts: 15....Pts per game: 1.36
Wycombe......Pld: 11....Pts: 7......Pts per game: 0.63


Last Five league Games
Brighton...........LWLLD - 4 points
Wycombe.........LWLDL - 4 points


Last Five League Games (Away)
Brighton............LWLWL - 6 points


Last Five League Games (Home)
Wycombe:........DLWWD - 8 points



Previous Meetings

In 14 previous meetings there has been 1 win for Wycombe, 8 for Brighton and 5 draws.

At Adams Park there have been 0 wins for Wycombe, 2 for Brighton and 4 draws.

1994/95 LCp: Wycombe 1 Brighton 3
1994/95 LG1: Wycombe 0 Brighton 0
1995/96 LG1: Wycombe 0 Brighton 2
2001/02 LG1: Wycombe 1 Brighton 1
2003/04 LG1: Wycombe 1 Brighton 1
2009/10 FAC: Wycombe 4 Brighton 4



The Man In The Middle
Monday's referee is Steve Cook from Surrey who became a National List Referee in 2007. His last Wycombe game was the 1-0 defeat at Exeter City in April of this year. So far this season, he's issued an alarmingly high 78 yellow and 7 red cards in 18 games. In fact, Mr Cook has sent someone off in each of his last three matches.


Prediction

Score Draw




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Writer: Len Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday December 27 2009

Time: 1:50PM

 

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