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Preview: Wycombe Wanderers v Rotherham United

Preview:  Wycombe Wanderers v Rotherham United


Wycombe Wanderers entertain Rotherham United on Saturday in their 25th league game of the season.


The league table currently shows Wycombe in 2nd place with 43 points from 24 games and Rotherham in 3rd spot with 41 points from 23 games

Wycombe's Home Record.....Won 6 - Drawn 3 - Lost 3 - Pts 21 (Rank-6)

Rotherham's Away Record....Won 5 - Drawn 3 - Lost 2 - Pts 18 (Rank-3)


Having reached the heady heights of second following their 2-1 win at Lincoln last Saturday, the Blues will almost certainly have to beat close rivals Rotherham if they hope to remain in the automatic promotion places at the end of the month.

Yes, the table could look very different by then. This is Wycombe's last outing in January whereas most of their rivals have two further opportunities to pile on the points. And by the time they host Cheltenham on 1st Feb, the Blues will have one or two games in hand over all the clubs currently in the top six.

Saturday's encounter is also the first of three consecutive home games which would have been a big worry earlier this season, but has become less of a concern as home results have improved - with the Blues winning four of their last five league games at Adams Park.

What is a worry, is how the Blues' defence will cope with nippy little nuisance Adam Le Fondre. The division's top scorer with 17 goals in all competitions, "Alf" hasn't found the net once in the Millers' last four games and will fancy his chances of rectifying that against the less than mobile pairing of Westwood and Winfield.

One option would be to bring back a fit-again Leon Johnson who played in the B&B Cup on Tuesday and arguably deserves to regain his place based on his recent performances. Marvin McCoy is almost certain to keep the right-back spot he's occupied with style over the last few weeks.

Kevin Betsy is doubtful with a groin strain and his attacking threat will be sorely missed by the team, although probably not by the bloke behind me who spends the entire game moaning about him.

Loan-signing Scott Donnelly could be given a start in Betsy's absence, while Scott Rendell will be available for selection again after missing the trip to Lincoln.

The last time these two sides met at Adams Park they bored the nation rigid with a dour goalless draw televised by Sky. Three months ago at the Don Valley however, they served-up a seven goal thriller which upset Millers' boss Ronnie Moore who reacted to his side's 4-3 defeat by saying: "I think we're a miles better side than them, but you have to win the games and they've got away with the points."

The Rotherham manager is another one who won't miss Betsy, having said after the match: "Betsy just cheats in there, doesn't track back, doesn't do anything but picks it up and can hurt you. He's destroyed us today to be honest. We couldn't cope with the way he was cheating."

Wouldn't it be nice to make Mr Moore eat his words on Saturday.


Rotherham's last five games (All Competitions)

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

LG2: Port Vale (H)...........Won 5-0

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

LG2: Stockport (A).........Drew 3-3

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



Wycombe's last five games (All Competitions)

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

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

LG2: Crewe (A)...............Lost 0-3

FAC: Hereford (H)...........Lost 0-1

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



Rotherham Goal Stats (29 games in all Competitions)

Goals Scored (Total)..........Lg: 43...Cups: 6.....Total: 49

Goals Conceded (Total)......Lg: 28...Cups: 13...Total: 41

Goals Scored (Away).........Lg: 15...Cups: 3.....Total: 18

Goals Conceded (Away).....Lg: 9.....Cups: 8.....Total: 17

Clean Sheets.....................Lg: 8.....Cups: 2.....Total: 10



Wycombe Goal Stats (30 games in all Competitions)

Goals Scored (Total)...........Lg: 35...Cups: 11...Total: 46

Goals Conceded (Total).......Lg: 27...Cups: 11...Total: 38

Goals Scored (Home)..........Lg: 18...Cups: 7.....Total: 25

Goals Conceded (Home)......Lg: 14...Cups: 10...Total: 24

Clean Sheets......................Lg: 9....Cups: 1.....Total: 10



Rotherham's Top Goal Scorers - (All Competitions)

Adam Le Fondre.......17 (inc 2 pens)

Ryan Cresswell..........5

Ryan Taylor...............5

Kevin Ellison..............4 (inc 1 pen)

Five other players have each scored two goals.

Six other players have each scored one goal.



Wycombe's Top Goal Scorers - (All Competitions)

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

Andy Sandell............7

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

Gareth Ainsworth......5

Stuart Beavon..........5

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

Matt Bloomfield........3

Three other players have each scored two goals.

One other player has scored one goal



Rotherham Shooting (Top-3) - All Competitions

Adam Le Fondre.....38 on-target...38 off-target...1 against woodwork

Kevin Ellison...........27 on-target...18 off-target...0 against woodwork

Ryan Taylor............16 on-target...18 off-target...1 against woodwork



Wycombe Shooting (Top-3) - All Competitions

Kevin Betsy............16 on-target...30 off-target...1 against woodwork

Gareth Ainsworth....13 on-target...22 off-target...3 against woodwork

Stuart Beavon.........15 on-target...16 off-target...1 against woodwork



Shooting (Club) - League Games Only

Rotherham...145 on target...132 off target...2 against w'work (Rank-2)

Wycombe......98 on target...133 off target...9 against w'work (Rank-14)



Most Assists

Wycombe.....Kevin Betsy: 5

Rotherham....Nicky Law: 12



League Form Guide

All Season

Rotherham..Pld: 23...W: 11...D: 8...L: 4....Pts: 41...Pts per game: 1.78

Wycombe....Pld: 24...W: 12...D: 7...L: 5....Pts: 43...Pts per game: 1.79



Last Five league Games

Rotherham.....WWWDL - 10 points (Rank-7)

Wycombe......WWWLW - 12 points (Rank-6)



Last Five League Games (Away)

Rotherham.....WLWWD - 10 points (Rank-4)



Last Five League Games (Home)

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



Against Top Half Opposition

Rotherham.....Pld: 9.....Pts: 19...Pts per game: 2.11...(Rank-1)

Wycombe.......Pld: 12...Pts: 18...Pts per game: 1.50...(Rank-4)



Against Bottom Half Opposition

Rotherham....Pld: 14...Pts: 22...Pts per game: 1.57...(Rank-15)

Wycombe......Pld: 12...Pts: 25...Pts per game: 2.08...(Rank-3)



Previous Meetings

In 13 previous meetings there have been 4 wins for Wycombe, 4 for Rotherham and 5 draws.

At Adams Park there have been 3 wins for Wycombe, 1 for Rotherham and 2 draws.

1994/95 LG1: Wycombe 2 Rotherham 0

1995/96 LG1: Wycombe 1 Rotherham 1

1996/97 LG1: Wycombe 4 Rotherham 2

2000/01 LG1: Wycombe 0 Rotherham 1

2007/08 LG2: Wycombe 1 Rotherham 0

2008/09 LG2: Wycombe 0 Rotherham 0



The Man In The Middle

Saturday's referee is Dave Phillips from Sussex who was promoted to the National List of Referees in 2008. His most recent Wycombe game was this season's 2-1 win at Hayes & Yeading in the first-round of the FA Cup. During the current campaign he's issued 4 red and 59 yellow cards in 18 games.



Prediction

Wycombe 1 Rotherham 1

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Writer:Len
Date:Thursday January 20 2011
Time: 6:42PM

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