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Preview: Chesterfield v Wycombe Wanderers

Preview: Chesterfield v Wycombe Wanderers

Wycombe Wanderers are set to make their first ever visit to Chesterfield's new b2net stadium on Bank Holiday Tuesday.

Chesterfield currently sit on top of the League Two table with 38 points from 19 games. Wycombe meanwhile are four points behind them in fifth place having played a game more.

Chesterfield's Home Record.Won 8 - Drawn 1 - Lost 2 - Pts 25 (Rank 1)

Wycombe's Away Record.....Won 4 - Drawn 4 - Lost 1 - Pts 16 (Rank 2)

With the 2-1 defeat to the Spireites at Adams Park back in October still fresh in the memory, the return fixture provides plenty of incentives. The Chairboys will be looking to lay down a marker against the current top dogs in the division and could climb to within a point of their opponents with victory.

There is little to fear from John Sheridan's men who have hit a rocky patch of form in the build up to the holiday period which included a 2-1 home defeat to Oxford United. They have also been frustrated by a lack of action due to the freezing conditions.

Leading goalscorer Craig Davies has been sidelined with a hamstring injury but is likely to be fit to return against the Wanderers. He bagged a brace in their win at Adams Park. Fellow striker Dean Morgan is also likely to be fit after injury.

Wycombe have midfielder Lewis Montrose available again after suspension and the only man definitely ruled-out is striker Jon-Paul Pittman who continues his recovery from a knee ligament injury. The official reason for striker Scott Rendell missing the Boxing Day victory over Hereford United was 'illness' and he is unlikely to to be in the squad for the trip to Chesterfield.

The late victory over the Bulls was a triumph of character for a Blues' side who battled against off-field issues, a tricky pitch and opposition that fought hard themselves. They should take some confidence from the win into tomorrow's game.

The most likely outcome however is a postponement. The b2net stadium may be new but it doesn't boast similar facilities to Adams Park, including undersoil heating. The pitch has been frozen for some time and with temperatures set to continue below freezing over night, there is only the slimmest of chances of the game going ahead.



Chesterfield's last five games (All Competitions)

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

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

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

FAC: Burton (A)..............Lost 1-3

LG2: Torquay (H)...........Won 1-0



Wycombe's last five games (All Competitions)

LG2: Port Vale (A)............Lost 1-2

LG2: Torquay (H).............Lost 1-3

FAC: Chelmsford (H)........Won 3-1

LG2: Bury (H)..................Won 1-0

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



Chesterfield Goal Stats (24 games in all Competitions)

Goals Scored (Total)..........Lg: 39...Cups: 8...Total: 47

Goals Conceded (Total)......Lg: 23...Cups: 8...Total: 31

Goals Scored (Home).........Lg: 30...Cups: 1...Total: 31

Goals Conceded (Home).....Lg: 17...Cups: 2...Total: 19

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



Wycombe Goal Stats (25 games in all Competitions)

Goals Scored (Total)..........Lg: 30...Cups: 11...Total: 41

Goals Conceded (Total)......Lg: 22...Cups: 10...Total: 32

Goals Scored (Away).........Lg: 13...Cups: 4.....Total: 17

Goals Conceded (Away).....Lg: 8.....Cups: 1.....Total: 9

Clean Sheets....................Lg: 8.....Cups: 1.....Total: 9



Chesterfield's Top Goal Scorers - (All Competitions)

Craig Davies............14

Danny Whitaker.........9

Jack Lester................7

Dwayne Mattis...........4

Scott Boden...............3

Dean Morgan.............3

One other player has scored two goals.

Four other players have each scored one goal.



Wycombe's Top Goal Scorers - (All Competitions)

Scott Rendell............9 (inc 4 pens)

Kevin Betsy..............6

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

Stuart Beavon...........4

Gareth Ainsworth.......4

Ben Strevens............4

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

Two other players have each scored two goals.

Two other players have each scored one goal.



Chesterfield Shooting (Top-3) - All Competitions

Craig Davies........42 on-target...48 off-target...1 against woodwork

Jack Lester...........13 on-target...20 off-target...0 against woodwork

Danny Whitaker....12 on-target...17 off-target...1 against woodwork



Wycombe Shooting (Top-3) - All Competitions

Kevin Betsy...........14 on-target...25 off-target...1 against woodwork

Gareth Ainsworth....11 on-target...19 off-target...2 against woodwork

Andy Sandell..........13 on-target...10 off-target...1 against woodwork



Shooting (Club) - League Games Only

Chesterfield..109 on target...121 off target...6 against w'work (Rank-2)

Wycombe.......83 on target...108 off target...8 against w'work (Rank-14)



League Form Guide

All Season


Chesterfield...Pld: 19...W: 11...D: 5...L: 3....Pts: 38...Pts per game: 2.00

Wycombe......Pld: 20...W: 9.....D: 7...L: 4....Pts: 34...Pts per game: 1.70



Last Five league Games

Chesterfield.....WLWLW - 9 points (Rank-4)

Wycombe........WLLWW - 9 points (Rank-5)



Last Five League Games (Home)

Chesterfield....WWLLW - 9 points (Rank-6)



Last Five League Games (Away)

Wycombe.....WWWWL - 12 points (Rank-2)



Against Top Half Opposition

Chesterfield...Pld: 10...Pts: 16....Pts per game: 1.60....(Rank-2)

Wycombe.......Pld: 9....Pts: 13....Pts per game: 1.44....(Rank-6)



Against Bottom Half Opposition

Chesterfield...Pld: 9.....Pts: 22....Pts per game: 2.44...(Rank-1)

Wycombe......Pld: 11....Pts: 21....Pts per game: 1.91...(Rank-6)



Previous Meetings

In 24 previous meetings there have been 11 wins for Wycombe, 8 for Chesterfield and 5 draws.

At Saltergate there have been 6 wins for Chesterfield, 4 wins for Wycombe and 1 draw.

1993/94 Lg2: Chesterfield 2 Wycombe 3

1995/96 Lg1: Chesterfield 3 Wycombe 1

1996/97 Lg1: Chesterfield 4 Wycombe 2

1997/98 Lg1: Chesterfield 1 Wycombe 0

1998/99 Lg1: Chesterfield 2 Wycombe 0

1999/00 Lg1: Chesterfield 1 Wycombe 2

2001/02 Lg1: Chesterfield 0 Wycombe 1

2002/03 Lg1: Chesterfield 4 Wycombe 0

2003/04 Lg1: Chesterfield 2 Wycombe 2

2007/08 Lg2: Chesterfield 2 Wycombe 0

2008/09 Lg2: Chesterfield 0 Wycombe 1



The Man In The Middle

Tuesday's referee is Steve Rushton from Staffordshire who was promoted to the National List of Referees in 2009. Last season he took charge of Wycombe's 1-1 draw at Exeter City. During the current campaign he's issued 3 red and 54 yellow cards in 16 games.



On this day in history - 28th December

Chesterfield.....Played 25.....Won 8 - Drawn 8 - Lost 9

Wycombe.........Played 7......Won 2 - Drawn 1 - Lost 4



Prediction

Match postponed (frozen pitch)


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Writer:Benny
Date:Monday December 27 2010
Time: 12:14PM

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