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Preview: Bristol Rovers v Wycombe Wanderers

Preview: Bristol Rovers v Wycombe Wanderers

Wycombe Wanderers travel to Bristol Rovers on Saturday for their 29th league game of the season.


The play-off chasing Pirates are currently 9th in the table with 38 points from 25 games, while The relegation threatened Chairboys lie in 23rd place with 20 points from 28 games.

Rovers' home record is........ Won 8, Drawn 1, Lost 3.
Wycombe's away record is... Won 1, Drawn 5, Lost 8.

On Saturday Rovers will be attempting to make it 6 home wins in a row, while Wycombe will be hoping to end a dismal run of 8 games without a win, during which they've collected only 3 points out of a possible 24.

New signing Alex Revell is expected to make his debut for the Chairboys, but top scorer Jon-Paul Pittman is likely to miss out with a groin strain.

In August, Wycombe beat Rovers 2-1 at Adams Park with goals from Matt Phillips and Jon-Paul Pittman cancelling out a Chris Lines' opener to give Wanderers their first of only four victories so far this season.

Rovers are managed by their former midfielder Paul Trollope who has been with the club since June 2004.

Since 1996 Rovers' home has been The Memorial Stadium which originally opened in 1921 and has a current capacity of 12,100.


Rovers' last five games (All Competitions)

LG1: Swindon (H)............Won 3-0
LG1: Tranmere (A)..........Lost 2-0
LG1: Millwall (A)..............Lost 2-0
LG1: Huddersfield (A).....Drew 0-0
LG1: Hartlepool (H).........Won 2-0


Wycombe's last five games (All Competitions)
LG1: Brighton (H).............Lost 5-2
LG1: Norwich (H)..............Lost 1-0
LG1: Leeds (A) ..............Drew 1-1
LG1: Charlton (H).............Lost 2-1
LG1: Southend (A)..........Drew 1-1



Rovers Goal Stats (29 games in all Competitions)

Goals Scored (Total).........39
Goals Conceded (Total).....43

Goals Scored (Home)........22
Goals Conceded (Home)....16

Clean Sheets....9


Wycombe Goals Stats (32 games in all Competitions)
Goals Scored (Total).........33
Goals Conceded (Total).....62

Goals Scored (Away)........13
Goals Conceded (Away)....31

Clean Sheets....2


Rovers' Top Goal Scorers (All Competitions)

Jeff Hughes.................8 (inc 6 pens)
Jo Kuffour...................7
Chris Lines..................6
Darryl Duffy................6 (inc 1 pen)
Andrew Williams..........2
Chris Dickson..............2

Four other Rovers' players have each scored 1 goal.


Wycombe's Top Goal Scorers (All Competitions)

Jon-Paul Pittman..........9 (inc 1 pen)
Matt Harrold................7 (inc 4 pens)
Scott Davies................4
Chris Zebroski.............2
Chris Westwood...........2

Nine other Wycombe players have each scored 1 goal.


Rovers Shooting (Top-3)
Chris Lines.........19 on-target...17 off-target....2 against woodwork
Jo Kuffour..........19 on-target...15 off-target....3 against woodwork
Darryl Duffy.......21 on-target...12 off-target....0 against woodwork


Wycombe Shooting (Top-3)

Scott Davies...........19 on-target...24 off-target...4 against woodwork
Jon-Paul Pittman.....21 on-target...17 off-target...1 against woodwork
Matt Phillips............16 on-target...17 off-target...2 against woodwork


Shooting (Club)
Rovers.................137 on target...115 off target...12 against woodwork
Wycombe.............146 on target...131 off target.....8 against woodwork



League Form Guide

All Games
Rovers.......Pld: 25...W: 12...D: 2...L: 11....Pts: 38...Pts per game: 1.52
Wycombe...Pld: 28...W: 4.....D: 8...L: 16....Pts: 20...Pts per game: 0.71


Against Top Half Opposition
Rovers.........Pld: 12....Pts: 16....Pts per game: 1.33
Wycombe.....Pld: 15....Pts: 12....Pts per game: 0.80


Against Bottom Half Opposition
Rovers..........Pld: 13....Pts: 22....Pts per game: 1.69
Wycombe......Pld: 13....Pts: 8......Pts per game: 0.61


Last Five league Games
Rovers..............WLLDW - 7 points
Wycombe............LLDLD - 2 points


Last Five League Games (Home)
Rovers..........WWWWW - 15 points


Last Five League Games (Away)
Wycombe...........LLLDD - 2 points



Previous Meetings

The records show 26 previous meetings, with 12 wins for Rovers, 10 for Wycombe and 4 draws. In Bristol there have been 7 wins for Rovers, 6 for Wycombe and 0 draws.

In Bristol

1982/83 FAC: Rovers 1 Wycombe 0
1993/94 FAC: Rovers 1 Wycombe 2
1994/95 LG1: Rovers 1 Wycombe 0
1995/96 LG1: Rovers 2 Wycombe 1
1996/97 LG1: Rovers 3 Wycombe 4
1997/98 LG1: Rovers 3 Wycombe 1
1998/99 LG1: Rovers 0 Wycombe 2
1999/00 LG1: Rovers 1 Wycombe 0
2000/01 LG1: Rovers 1 Wycombe 2
2004/05 FLT: Rovers 1 Wycombe 0
2004/05 LG1: Rovers 1 Wycombe 0
2005/06 LG2: Rovers 1 Wycombe 2
2006/07 LG2: Rovers 1 Wycombe 2



The Man In The Middle

Saturday's referee is Rob Shoebridge from Derbyshire who joined the National List of Referees in 2006. His last Wycombe game was a 1-0 defeat to Dagenham & Redbridge at Adams Park in January 2008.



Prediction

Despite not winning for what seems like an eternity, Wycombe have actually been playing quite well since they earned a draw at Elland Road and I'd be tempted to predict a shock 1-0 win on Saturday if it wasn't for the fact they seem incapable of keeping a clean sheet.

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Writer:Len
Date:Friday January 29 2010
Time: 11:44AM

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