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Can Wycombe do the double over in-form Millwall?

Wycombe Wanderers entertain Millwall on Saturday in their 32nd league game of the season.


The league table currently shows the Lions in 6th place with 52 points from 30 games, while the Chairboys occupy 23rd spot with 24 points from 31 games.

Millwall's away record is............Won 3, Drawn 6, Lost 5.
Wycombe's home record is.......Won 3, Drawn 3, Lost 9.

The Lions arrive at Adams Park as the division's in-form side, having won their last five league games and only conceded a single goal in the process.

It may seem daunting for the Chairboys, but they can take heart from their superb 2-0 win at the New Den earlier this season and will be aiming for all three points again on Saturday as they attempt to close the gap between themselves and safety.

Another encouraging factor for Wycombe is their record against top-half opposition. With 16 of their 24 points having been won against the division's stronger sides, it would appear the Chairboys raise their game when they're not expected to win.

Since the victory over Millwall in November, Wycombe manager Gary Waddock has signed eleven new players, with three of them arriving in the last week alone, as he attempts to bolster a defence which has proved vulnerable far too often this season.

Keeper Tom Heaton, on-loan from Manchester United, made his debut last Saturday at Brentford, while full-back Julian Kelly and centre-back Alan Bennett joined at the beginning of this week and will be in contention for a place in the starting line-up against the Lions.

Unbeaten away from home in 2010, Wycombe will be hoping to transfer some of that fine form back to Adams Park, which has been more of a sand castle than a fortress this season, particularly in recent weeks with the Chairboys losing their last four home games, including embarrassingly heavy defeats to relegation rivals Brighton and mid table Yeovil Town.

One Millwall player who will be looking forward to facing the Chairboys again on Saturday is Jonathan Obika who joined the Lions on-loan from Spurs earlier this month. Previously on-loan at Yeovil, Obika scored in the Glovers 4-0 win over Wycombe on Boxing day and also featured in their 4-1 win at Adams Park only a fortnight ago.

Lions' top scorer Neil Harris is another player the Blues will need to watch. Unavailable for Millwall the last time the two sides met, the veteran striker is in fine form and has scored thirteen goals already this season, including one in each of his last two games.

Most Wycombe fans would agree that since Gary Waddock took over as manager, the Chairboys have been more entertaining to watch, and that some of their performances, particularly away from home, have belied their lowly league position.

The problem is, too many of these good performances have only resulted in draws, with the games against Colchester, Exeter, Leeds, Southend and Brentford immediately springing to mind as examples.

While many supporters remain optimistic about their chances of escaping relegation, Wycombe are quickly running out of games and it's now time for the honourable draws and unlucky defeats to be converted into wins if they are to have any hope of pulling off what would certainly be a great escape.

Saturday would be a good time to start.


Millwall's last five games (All Competitions)

LG1: Oldham (A)...........Won 1-0
LG1: Southend (H).........Won 2-0
LG1: Brighton (A)..........Won 1-0
LG1: Norwich (H)...........Won 2-1
LG1: Exeter (H).............Won 1-0


Wycombe's last five games (All Competitions)

LG1: Charlton (H)..............Lost 2-1
LG1: Southend (A)...........Drew 1-1
LG1: Bristol Rovers (A)......Won 3-2
LG1: Yeovil (H)..................Lost 4-1
LG1: Brentford (A) ..........Drew 1-1


Millwall Goal Stats (38 games in all Competitions)

Goals Scored (Total).........59
Goals Conceded (Total).....39

Goals Scored (Away)........18
Goals Conceded (Away)....26

Clean Sheets....13


Wycombe Goal Stats (35 games in all Competitions)

Goals Scored (Total).........38
Goals Conceded (Total).....69

Goals Scored (Home)........21
Goals Conceded (Home)....35

Clean Sheets....2


Millwall's Top Goal Scorers (All Competitions)

Neil Harris................13 (inc 1 pen)
Steve Morison...........11
Danny Schofield.........5
James Henry..............5
Jason Price................3
Paul Robinson............3
Dave Martin...............3 (inc 1 pen)

Four other Millwall players have each scored 2 goals.
Six other Millwall players have each scored 1 goal.


Wycombe's Top Goal Scorers (All Competitions)
Jon-Paul Pittman..........9 (inc 1 pen)
Matt Harrold................9 (inc 5 pens)
Scott Davies................4
Stuart Beavon.............2
Kevin Betsy.................2
Chris Westwood...........2
Chris Zebroski.............2

Eight other Wycombe players have each scored 1 goal.


Millwall Shooting (Top-3)

Steve Morison............54 on-target...40 off-target...4 against woodwork
Neil Harris.................22 on-target...20 off-target...1 against woodwork
Gary Alexander..........16 on-target...18 off-target...1 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)

Millwall......231 on target..160 off target..9 against woodwork (Rank-7)
Wycombe..161 on target..142 off target..8 against woodwork (Rank-18)



League Form Guide

All Games
Millwall......Pld: 30...W: 14...D: 10...L: 6.....Pts: 52...Pts per game: 1.73
Wycombe..Pld: 31...W: 5.....D: 9.....L: 17...Pts: 24...Pts per game: 0.77


Against Top Half Opposition
Millwall.........Pld: 13....Pts: 25....Pts per game: 1.92 (Rank - 1)
Wycombe.....Pld: 17....Pts: 16....Pts per game: 0.94 (Rank - 11)


Against Bottom Half Opposition
Millwall..........Pld: 17....Pts: 27....Pts per game: 1.58 (Rank - 10)
Wycombe......Pld: 14....Pts: 8......Pts per game: 0.57 (Rank - 24)


Last Five league Games
Millwall......WWWWW - 15 points
Wycombe.......LDWLD - 5 points


Last Five League Games (Away)
Millwall..........LDLWW - 7 points


Last Five League Games (Home)
Wycombe........DLLLL - 1 point



Previous Meetings

The two sides have met on 13 previous occasions with 5 wins for Millwall, 4 for Wycombe and 4 draws.

At Adams Park there have been 2 wins for the Lions, 2 for Wycombe and 2 draws.

1996/97 LG1: Wycombe 1 Millwall 0
1997/98 LG1: Wycombe 0 Millwall 0
1998/99 LG1: Wycombe 0 Millwall 1
1999/00 LG1: Wycombe 1 Millwall 2
2000/01 FAC: Wycombe 2 Millwall 1
2000/01 LG1: Wycombe 0 Millwall 0



The Man In The Middle

Saturday's referee is Andy Hall from the West Midlands who joined the Referee's List in 1997. His last Wycombe game was the 1-1 draw at Swindon earlier this season. So far this campaign he's issued 117 yellow and 5 red cards in 30 games.


Prediction

Score Draw




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Date:Thursday February 18 2010

Time: 5:04PM

 

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