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Preview: Wycombe Wanderers v Accrington Stanley

Preview:  Wycombe Wanderers v Accrington Stanley


Wycombe Wanderers entertain Accrington Stanley on Saturday in their 30th league game of the season.


The league table currently shows Wycombe in 4th place with 50 points from 29 games and Accrington in 19th spot with 33 points from 27 games

Accrington's Away Record...Won 2 - Drawn 8 - Lost 5 - Pts 14 (Rank-18)

Wycombe's Home Record....Won 8 - Drawn 4 - Lost 3 - Pts 28 (Rank-5)


Blues' boss Gary Waddock was less than impressed with his side's performance in their 3-2 defeat at Southend in midweek, complaining that his players "shot themselves in the foot" and promptly cancelling their day-off the following day.

Coming hot on the heels of a 1-0 defeat at Bradford, Tuesday's setback saw Wycombe drop to 4th in the table, and Waddock will have had plenty to say about their schoolboy defending during the second-half at Roots Hall.

Looking on the bright side, the last time Wycombe lost two league games in a row they won their next five in all competitions, and with two consecutive home-games coming up - both against bottom-six opposition - they have an excellent opportunity to put last week behind them and set off on another fruitful run.

First-up are Accrington Stanley - who on closer inspection, aren't as easy to beat as their lowly position would suggest.

The Owd Reds have lost only eight league games this season - a record bettered by only two teams - Chesterfield with four defeats and Wycombe themselves with seven.

Away from home, Stanley have lost five times - a record bettered by only three teams - Chesterfield with two defeats, Torquay with three and Wycombe themselves with four.

Two impressive records which beg the question - why are they 19th in the table? Well, twelve draws haven't helped, nor has the fact that Stanley have as many as four games in hand on some of the other teams in the division.

One thing's for sure though, Accrington are no pushover.

Andy Sandell, Chris Westwood and Matt Bloomfield will all miss Saturday's game, while Leon Johnson is doubtful.



Accrington's last five games (All Competitions)

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

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

LG2: Morecambe (H).......Drew 1-1

LG2: Stevenage (A)........Drew 2-2

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



Wycombe's last five games (All Competitions)

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

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

LG2: Port Vale (H)..........Drew 1-1

LG2: Bradford (A)............Lost 0-1

LG2: Southend (A)...........Lost 2-3



Accrington Goal Stats (32 games in all Competitions)

Goals Scored (Total)..........Lg: 37...Cups: 8...Total: 45

Goals Conceded (Total)......Lg: 41...Cups: 8...Total: 49

Goals Scored (Away).........Lg: 13...Cups: 3...Total: 16

Goals Conceded (Away).....Lg: 23...Cups: 3...Total: 26

Clean Sheets.....................Lg: 8....Cups: 0...Total: 8



Wycombe Goal Stats (35 games in all Competitions)

Goals Scored (Total)...........Lg: 41...Cups: 11...Total: 52

Goals Conceded (Total).......Lg: 33...Cups: 11...Total: 44

Goals Scored (Home)..........Lg: 22...Cups: 7.....Total: 29

Goals Conceded (Home)......Lg: 16...Cups: 10...Total: 26

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



Accrington's Top Goal Scorers - (All Competitions)

Terry Gornell...........10

Phil Edwards..............7 (inc 7 pens)

Sean McConville........7

James Ryan..............6

Ray Putterill..............4

Two other players have each scored two goals.

Seven other players have each scored one goal.



Wycombe's Top Goal Scorers - (All Competitions)

Scott Rendell..........10 (inc 5 pens)

Gareth Ainsworth......7

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

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

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

Ben Strevens...........5

Matt Bloomfield........3

Four other players have each scored two goals.

One other player has scored one goal



Accrington Shooting (Top-3) - All Competitions

James Ryan..........35 on-target...50 off-target...5 against woodwork

Terry Gornell........29 on-target...28 off-target...0 against woodwork

Ray Putterill..........26 on-target...14 off-target...1 against woodwork



Wycombe Shooting (Top-3) - All Competitions

Kevin Betsy............17 on-target...38 off-target...2 against woodwork

Gareth Ainsworth....16 on-target...27 off-target...3 against woodwork

Stuart Beavon........18 on-target...20 off-target...2 against woodwork



Shooting (Club) - League Games Only

Accrington..142 on target...166 off target...10 against w'work (Rank-9)

Wycombe...120 on target...166 off target...11 against w'work (Rank-14)



Most Assists

Accrington...Sean McConville...5

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



League Form Guide

All Season


Accrington...Pld: 27...W: 7.....D: 12...L: 8...Pts: 33...Pts per game: 1.22

Wycombe....Pld: 29...W: 14...D: 8.....L: 7...Pts: 50...Pts per game: 1.72



First-half of the season

Accrington...Pld: 23...W: 7.....D: 10...L: 6...Pts: 31...Pts per game: 1.35

Wycombe....Pld: 23...W: 11...D: 7.....L: 5...Pts: 40...Pts per game: 1.74



Second-half of the season

Accrington...Pld: 4...W: 0...D: 2...L: 2...Pts: 2.....Pts per game: 0.50

Wycombe....Pld: 6...W: 3...D: 1...L: 2...Pts: 10...Pts per game: 1.67




Last Five league Games

Accrington......WLDDL - 5 points (Rank-13)

Wycombe.......WWDLL - 7 points (Rank-8)



Last Five League Games (Away)

Accrington........LWWDL - 7 points (Rank-7)



Last Five League Games (Home)

Wycombe......WWWWD - 13 points (Rank-2)



Against Top Half Opposition

Accrington.....Pld: 15...Pts: 14...Pts per game: 0.93...(Rank-20)

Wycombe......Pld: 15...Pts: 24...Pts per game: 1.60...(Rank-3)



Against Bottom Half Opposition

Accrington.....Pld: 12...Pts: 19...Pts per game: 1.58...(Rank-10)

Wycombe......Pld: 14...Pts: 26...Pts per game: 1.86...(Rank-3)



Previous Meetings

In 7 previous meetings there have been 3 wins for Wycombe, 2 for Accrington and 2 draws.

At Adams Park there has been 1 win for Wycombe, 1 for Accrington and 1 draw.

2006/07 LG2: Wycombe 1 Accrington 1

2007/08 LG2: Wycombe 0 Accrington 1

2008/09 LG2: Wycombe 2 Accrington 1



The Man In The Middle

Saturday's referee is James Linington from the Isle of Wight who was promoted to the National List of Referees in 2008. His last Wycombe game was this season's 2-0 win at Gillingham. During the current campaign he's issued 5 red and 71 yellow cards in 26 games.



Prediction

Wycombe 2 Accrington 1



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Writer:Len
Date:Friday February 18 2011
Time: 12:43AM

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