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Preview: Wycombe Wanderers v Lincoln City

Preview: Wycombe Wanderers v Lincoln City


The league table currently shows Wycombe in 6th place with 21 points and Lincoln in 21st spot with 12 points.

Lincoln's Away Record is...............Won 1 - Drawn 0 - Lost 5

Wycombe's Home Record is..........Won 2 - Drawn 2 - Lost 2


Whisper it softly, but Wycombe are in great form. They've won five of their last six games in all competitions to raise themselves to within touching distance of the top three, and on top of that, have reached the regional quarter finals of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy at the expense of old rivals Colchester United.

It's not all rosy though. While the travelling Wycombe support have been rewarded with a series of superb results, the vast majority of fans who only watch the Blues in action at Adams Park could be forgiven for feeling a little short-changed in comparison.

Unbeaten away from home in all competitions, Wycombe were the first side to win at Stevenage, Colchester, Burton and most recently Rotherham. Add to that, draws at Stockport, Northampton, Accrington and Aldershot and you have the sort of away record champions are made of.

Results on their own turf however, haven't been so good. Only bottom club Hereford and free-falling Torquay United have collected fewer than the five points Wycombe have garnered in their last five home games. The Chairboys have also conceded two goals in each of their last four outings at Adams Park - a home record more suited to relegation candidates than promotion hopefuls.

It seems that Wycombe's counter-attacking style away from home is proving more effective than their efforts to break down stubborn opposition at Adams Park - a situation manager Gary Waddock will be keen to change starting with Saturday's game at home to Lincoln City.

The Imps arrive at Adams Park having recently appointed a new manager in the shape of former Southend boss Steve Tilson. Their previous manager Chris Sutton left the club in late September and coach Scott Lindsey took over in a caretaker capacity until Tilson handled affairs for the first time in last weekend's goalless draw at home to Stockport County.

The new-manager factor shouldn't be underestimated, but even with a fresh spring in their step, Lincoln should still be leaving Adams Park empty handed if the Blues play as well as they have been in recent weeks.

Manager Gary Waddock is likely to name an unchanged starting eleven for the sixth consecutive league game as long as Matt Bloomfield recovers from the slight hamstring problem which saw him substituted as a precaution in Saturday's game against Rotherham.


Lincoln's last five games (All Competitions)

LG2: Burton (H).............Drew 0-0

LG2: Southend A)............Lost 0-1

LG2: Macclesfield (H).......Won 2-1

LG2: Shrewsbury (A).......Lost 2-0

LG2: Stockport (H).........Drew 0-0



Wycombe's last five games (All Competitions)

LG2: Stevenage (A).........Won 2-0

JPT: Colchester (A)..........Won 2-0

LG2: Burton (A)...............Won 2-1

LG2: Chesterfield (H)........Lost 1-2

LG2: Rotherham (A).........Won 4-3



Lincoln Goal Stats (15 games in all Competitions)

Goals Scored (Total)..........Lg: 7.....Cups: 0...Total: 7

Goals Conceded (Total)......Lg: 15...Cups: 5...Total: 20

Goals Scored (Away).........Lg: 3.....Cups: 0...Total: 3

Goals Conceded (Away).....Lg: 10...Cups: 5...Total: 15

Clean Sheets.....................Lg: 4.....Cups: 0...Total: 4



Wycombe Goal Stats (15 games in all Competitions)

Goals Scored (Total)..........Lg: 20...Cups: 3...Total: 23

Goals Conceded (Total)......Lg: 14...Cups: 2...Total: 16

Goals Scored (Home).........Lg: 10...Cups: 1...Total: 11

Goals Conceded (Home).....Lg: 8.....Cups: 2...Total: 10

Clean Sheets.....................Lg: 5.....Cups: 1...Total: 6



Lincoln's Top Goal Scorers - (All Competitions)

Ben Hutchinson.........2 (inc 1 pen)

Jamie Clapham.........1

Moses Swaibu...........1

Mustapha Carayol.....1

Albert Jarrett............1

Cian Hughton............1



Wycombe's Top Goal Scorers - (All Competitions)

Andy Sandell............5

Kevin Betsy..............3

Matt Bloomfield.........3

Ben Strevens............3

Scott Rendell............3 (inc 3 pens)

Lewis Montrose.........2

Four other players have each scored one goal.



Lincoln Shooting (Top-3) - All Competitions

Ben Hutchinson.....11 on-target....16 off-target....4 against woodwork

Mustapha Carayol...7 on-target....16 off-target....1 against woodwork

Albert Jarrett..........4 on-target....10 off-target....0 against woodwork



Wycombe Shooting (Top-3) - All Competitions

Kevin Betsy............9 on-target...16 off-target....1 against woodwork

Andy Sandell.........10 on-target....7 off-target....1 against woodwork

Ben Strevens...........9 on-target....7 off-target....1 against woodwork



Shooting (Club) - League Games Only

Lincoln..........45 on target...84 off target...5 against w'work (Rank-15)

Wycombe......53 on target...72 off target...7 against w'work (Rank-16)



League Form Guide

All Season

Lincoln...........Pld: 13...W: 3...D: 3...L: 7...Pts: 12...Pts per game: 0.92

Wycombe.......Pld: 13...W: 5...D: 6...L: 2...Pts: 21...Pts per game: 1.62



Last Five league Games

Lincoln.............DLWLD - 5 points (Rank-19)

Wycombe......WWWLW - 12 points (Rank-3)



Last Five League Games (Away)

Lincoln..............WLLLL - 3 points (Rank-18)



Last Five League Games (Home)

Wycombe.........DLDWL - 5 points (Rank-22)



Against Top Half Opposition

Lincoln..........Pld: 6....Pts: 2......Pts per game: 0.33....(Rank-23)

Wycombe......Pld: 7....Pts: 12....Pts per game: 1.71....(Rank-3)



Against Bottom Half Opposition

Lincoln..........Pld: 7....Pts: 10....Pts per game: 1.42....(Rank-17)

Wycombe......Pld: 6....Pts: 9......Pts per game: 1.50....(Rank-15)



Previous Meetings

In 14 previous meetings there have been 8 wins for Wycombe, 6 for Lincoln and 0 draws.

At Adams Park Wycombe have won 4 times and Lincoln 3.

1993/94: Lg2 Wycombe 2 Lincoln 3

1998/99: Lg1 Wycombe 4 Lincoln 1

2004/05: Lg2 Wycombe 1 Lincoln 0

2005/06: Lg2 Wycombe 0 Lincoln 3

2006/07: Lg2 Wycombe 1 Lincoln 3

2007/08: Lg2 Wycombe 1 Lincoln 0

2008/09: Lg2 Wycombe 1 Lincoln 0



The Man In The Middle

Saturday's referee is Chris Sarginson from Staffordshire who was promoted to the National List of Referees in 2008. Last season he took charge of Wycombe's 1-1 draw at home to Colchester United. During the current campaign he's issued 0 red and 33 yellow cards in 10 games.



On this day in history - 30th October

Lincoln............Played 12...Won 6 - Drawn 3 - Lost 3

Wycombe........Played 4.....Won 0 - Drawn 2 - Lost 2



Prediction

Wycombe 2 Lincoln 1




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Writer:Len
Date:Thursday October 28 2010
Time: 1:10AM

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