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Preview: Wycombe Wanderers v Cheltenham Town

Preview:  Wycombe Wanderers v Cheltenham Town


Wycombe Wanderers entertain Cheltenham Town on Tuesday in their 26th league game of the season.


The league table currently shows Wycombe in 2nd place with 46 points from 25 games and Cheltenham in 10th spot with 38 points from 27 games

Wycombe's Home Record.....Won 7 - Drawn 3 - Lost 3 - Pts 24 (Rank-5)

Cheltenham's Away Record..Won 5 - Drawn 5 - Lost 4 - Pts 20 (Rank-6)


The Robins return to Adams Park for the first time since they beat Wycombe 2-1 in the first-leg of the 2005/06 play-off semi finals, a lead which turned out to be enough to see them safely through to Wembley at the Blues' expense.

A small measure of revenge was gained when Wycombe won 2-1 at Whaddon Road on New Year's Day, but doing the double over the Robins on Tuesday would help to ease the pain even more.

It could be tricky though. Cheltenham haven't lost a league game on the road since the middle of October and boast an impressive record of four wins and four draws from their last eight away trips.

On Saturday, they drew 1-1 at in-form Oxford United and would have won the game had top scorer Wesley Thomas successfully converted an 81st minute penalty.

Wycombe come into this game fresh from a ten day break during which most of their rivals played twice without doing too much damage. Now firmly ensconced in the automatic promotion places, the Blues are five points clear of Crewe in 4th and have games in hand over every team in the top ten except Bury.

It's a strong position to be in, and having worked extremely hard to get there, the Blues will be keen to consolidate their promotion challenge with a fifth consecutive home win on Tuesday evening.

Dave Winfield is suspended and will be replaced by either Leon Johnson or Alan Bennett. Striker Scott Rendell is still recovering from an ankle injury and left-back Andy Sandell is doubtful.


Cheltenham last five games (All Competitions)

LG2: Northampton (A).....Drew 1-1

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

LG2: Port Vale (A)...........Won 1-0

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

LG2: Oxford (A).............Drew 1-1



Wycombe's last five games (All Competitions)

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

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

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

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

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



Cheltenham Goal Stats (31 games in all Competitions)

Goals Scored (Total)..........Lg: 38...Cups: 2...Total: 40

Goals Conceded (Total)......Lg: 38...Cups: 7...Total: 45

Goals Scored (Away).........Lg: 22...Cups: 1...Total: 23

Goals Conceded (Away).....Lg: 23...Cups: 5...Total: 28

Clean Sheets.....................Lg: 7....Cups: 1...Total: 8



Wycombe Goal Stats (31 games in all Competitions)

Goals Scored (Total)...........Lg: 36...Cups: 11...Total: 47

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

Goals Scored (Home)..........Lg: 19...Cups: 7.....Total: 26

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

Clean Sheets......................Lg: 10...Cups: 1.....Total: 11



Cheltenham's Top Goal Scorers - (All Competitions)

Wesley Thomas.......14

Jeff Goulding.............9

Joshua Low...............4

Brian Smikle.............3

Four other players have each scored two goals.

Two 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......6

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

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

Matt Bloomfield........3

Three other players have each scored two goals.

One other player has scored one goal



Cheltenham Shooting (Top-3) - All Competitions

Jeff Goulding...........25 on-target...23 off-target...1 against woodwork

Wesley Thomas.......24 on-target...21 off-target...1 against woodwork

Brian Smikle.............9 on-target...12 off-target...0 against woodwork



Wycombe Shooting (Top-3) - All Competitions

Kevin Betsy............17 on-target...32 off-target...2 against woodwork

Gareth Ainsworth....16 on-target...22 off-target...3 against woodwork

Stuart Beavon........18 on-target...17 off-target...1 against woodwork



Shooting (Club) - League Games Only

Cheltenham..109 on target...120 off target...5 against w'work (Rank-23)

Wycombe.....106 on target...139 off target..10 against w'work (Rank-17)



Most Assists

Wycombe.......Kevin Betsy....5

Cheltenham...Brian Smikle...6



League Form Guide

All Season


Cheltenham..Pld: 27...W: 10...D: 8...L: 9....Pts: 38...Pts per game: 1.41

Wycombe.....Pld: 25...W: 13...D: 7...L: 5....Pts: 46...Pts per game: 1.84



Last Five league Games

Cheltenham......DLWLD - 5 points (Rank-15)

Wycombe......WWLWW - 12 points (Rank-1)



Last Five League Games (Away)

Cheltenham.....DWDWD - 9 points (Rank-5)



Last Five League Games (Home)

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



Against Top Half Opposition

Cheltenham....Pld: 14...Pts: 17...Pts per game: 1.21...(Rank-10)

Wycombe.......Pld: 12...Pts: 23...Pts per game: 1.92...(Rank-2)



Against Bottom Half Opposition

Cheltenham...Pld: 13...Pts: 21...Pts per game: 1.62...(Rank-13)

Wycombe......Pld: 13...Pts: 23...Pts per game: 1.77...(Rank-6)



Previous Meetings

In 27 previous meetings there have been 9 wins for Wycombe, 8 for Cheltenham and 10 draws.

In Wycombe, there have been 5 wins for the Blues, 4 for the Robins and 5 draws.

1974/75 FAC: Wycombe 3 Cheltenham 1

1985/86 GLg: Wycombe 3 Cheltenham 3

1987/88 FAT: Wycombe 2 Cheltenham 3

1987/88 Con: Wycombe 5 Cheltenham 3

1988/89 Con: Wycombe 1 Cheltenham 0

1989/90 Con: Wycombe 0 Cheltenham 4

1990/91 Con: Wycombe 0 Cheltenham 2

1990/91 FAT: Wycombe 2 Cheltenham 1

1991/92 Con: Wycombe 2 Cheltenham 2

1992/93 FAT: Wycombe 3 Cheltenham 1

2002/03 Lg1: Wycombe 1 Cheltenham 1

2004/05 Lg2: Wycombe 1 Cheltenham 1

2005/06 Lg2: Wycombe 0 Cheltenham 0

2005/06 Poff: Wycombe 1 Cheltenham 2



The Man In The Middle

Tuesday's referee is Steve Tanner from Avon who was promoted to the National List of Referees in 2003. His most recent Wycombe game was a 0-0 draw at home to Luton Town in December 2008. During the current campaign he's issued 7 red and 82 yellow cards in 27 games.



Prediction

Wycombe 2 Cheltenham 1



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Writer:Len
Date:Monday January 31 2011
Time: 1:03PM

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