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Preview: Barnet v Wycombe Wanderers

Preview:  Barnet v Wycombe Wanderers


Wycombe Wanderers travel to Barnet on Tuesday for their 35th league game of the season.


The league table currently shows Wycombe in 3rd place with 57 points from 34 games and Barnet in 23rd spot with 31 points from 34 games

Barnet's Home Record........Won 6 - Drawn 3 - Lost 8 - Pts 21 (Rank-19)

Wycombe's Away Record....Won 7 - Drawn 4 - Lost 5 - Pts 25 (Rank-3)


When Barnet visited Adams Park in September, Wycombe had collected only 9 points from their first 8 league games and were lying 16th in the table.

Their 4-2 victory over the Bees that night was the catalyst for a superb run of results which saw the Blues win 25 points in their next 12 games.

Spookily, almost six months later, Wycombe travel to Barnet having collected only 8 points from their last 8 games and needing roughly 25 points from their remaining 12 games in order to stand a decent chance of automatic promotion.

Let's hope history repeats itself and the Blues use tomorrow night's match as a springboard to better results, or yet again, a Wycombe team will have wasted a great first-half of the season by wobbling when the going gets tough.

With games fast running out, and the chasing pack gaining ground with every passing week, a trip to the 2nd bottom club should be exactly what Wycombe need to get their season back on track.

It's true that the Blues have an appalling record at Underhill, but with three-quarters of the season gone, Barnet are yet to win a game - home or away - against a side currently in the top half of the table, and the draw they gained at Rotherham on Saturday provided only their 5th point against a top-twelve side in 17 attempts.

Yes, the Bees will be giving 100% as they fight to preserve their league status, but you would expect Wycombe to match that commitment as they strive to remain in the top-three, and if the league table doesn't lie, the Blues have better players than Barnet.

Despite being under new management since January, the Bees have won only 1 of their last 10 games, and have scored more than a single goal only once during that time.

They've beaten Cheltenham, Hereford, Macclesfield, Northampton, Accrington and Lincoln at Underhill this season, but have lost to Rotherham, Bradford, Stevenage, Gillingham, Stockport, Aldershot, Southend and Torquay.

The Blues may well start with the same defence and central-midfield that lined-up against Aldershot on Saturday, but who plays on which wing and who starts up-front is less clear.

Whoever starts, let's hope they play with the same determination they did against Burton a few weeks ago, beat the Bees and get the promotion campaign back on track before disappointment becomes a habit.

Here are all the stats......


Barnet's last five games (All Competitions)

LG2: Torquay (H).............Lost 0-3

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

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

LG2: Lincoln (H)...............Won 4-2

LG2: Rotherham (A)........Drew 0-0



Wycombe's last five games (All Competitions)

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

LG2: Burton (H)..............Won 4-1

LG2: Macclesfield (A).......Won 1-0

LG2: Chesterfield (A).......Lost 1-4

LG2: Aldershot (H).........Drew 2-2



Barnet Goal Stats (38 games in all Competitions)

Goals Scored (Total)..........Lg: 39...Cups: 1...Total: 40

Goals Conceded (Total)......Lg: 59...Cups: 7...Total: 66

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

Goals Conceded (Home).....Lg: 27...Cups: 3...Total: 30

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



Wycombe Goal Stats (40 games in all Competitions)

Goals Scored (Total)...........Lg: 50...Cups: 11...Total: 61

Goals Conceded (Total).......Lg: 42...Cups: 11...Total: 53

Goals Scored (Away)..........Lg: 21...Cups: 4.....Total: 25

Goals Conceded (Away)......Lg: 21...Cups: 1.....Total: 22

Clean Sheets......................Lg: 11...Cups: 1....Total: 12



Barnet's Top Goal Scorers - (All Competitions)

Steve Kabba..............7

Izale McLeod..............7

Mark Marshall.............6

Mark Byrne................4

Phil Walsh..................3

One other player has scored two goals.

Nine other players have each scored one goal.



Wycombe's Top Goal Scorers - (All Competitions)

Scott Rendell..........12 (inc 6 pens)

Gareth Ainsworth......8

Kevin Betsy..............7

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

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

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

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

Lewis Montrose.........3

Jon-Paul Pittman.......3

Three other players have each scored two goals.

Two other players have each scored one goal



Barnet Shooting (Top-3) - All Competitions

Mark Marshall..........30 on-target...34 off-target...0 against woodwork

Mark Byrne.............17 on-target...12 off-target...1 against woodwork

Glen Southam.........10 on-target...17 off-target...2 against woodwork



Wycombe Shooting (Top-3) - All Competitions

Kevin Betsy............20 on-target...40 off-target...2 against woodwork

Gareth Ainsworth....18 on-target...30 off-target...3 against woodwork

Stuart Beavon........20 on-target...22 off-target...2 against woodwork



Shooting (Club) - League Games Only

Barnet.......129 on target...160 off target.....8 against w'work (Rank-22)

Wycombe...145 on target...193 off target...13 against w'work (Rank-11)



Most Assists

Barnet - Mark Marshall........7

Wycombe - Kevin Betsy......6



League Form Guide

All Season


Barnet........Pld: 34...W: 7.....D: 10...L: 17...Pts: 31...Pts per game: 0.91

Wycombe....Pld: 34...W: 16...D: 9.....L: 9....Pts: 57...Pts per game: 1.68



First-half of the season

Barnet.........Pld: 23...W: 5.....D: 4...L: 14...Pts: 19...Pts per game: 0.83

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



Second-half of the season

Barnet..........Pld: 11...W: 2...D: 6...L: 3...Pts: 12...Pts per game: 1.09

Wycombe......Pld: 11...W: 5...D: 2...L: 4...Pts: 17...Pts per game: 1.55



Last Five league Games

Barnet...........LDLWD - 5 points (Rank-18)

Wycombe......LWWLD - 7 points (Rank-12)



Last Five League Games (Home)

Barnet...........LDLLW - 4 points (Rank-22)



Last Five League Games (Away)

Wycombe......WLLWL - 6 points (Rank-8)



Against Top Half Opposition

Barnet.........Pld: 17...Pts: 5.....Pts per game: 0.29...(Rank-24)

Wycombe.....Pld: 15...Pts: 21...Pts per game: 1.40...(Rank-3)



Against Bottom Half Opposition

Barnet.........Pld: 17...Pts: 26...Pts per game: 1.53...(Rank-12)

Wycombe.....Pld: 19...Pts: 36...Pts per game: 1.89...(Rank-4)



Previous Meetings

In 15 previous Football League, League Cup, Football League Trophy and FA Cup meetings (not counting qualifiers) there have been 5 wins for Wycombe, 4 for Barnet and 6 draws. The two sides have met many times in other competitions.

At Underhill there have been 0 wins for Wycombe, 4 wins for Barnet and 3 draws.

1981/82 FAC: Barnet 2 Wycombe 0

1996/97 FAC: Barnet 3 Wycombe 3

2000/01 LGC: Barnet 2 Wycombe 1

2005/06 LG2: Barnet 0 Wycombe 0

2006/07 LG2: Barnet 2 Wycombe 1

2007/08 LG2: Barnet 2 Wycombe 1

2008/09 LG2: Barnet 1 Wycombe 1



The Man In The Middle

Tuesday's referee is Darren Sheldrake from Surrey who was promoted to the National List of Referees in 2009. His last Wycombe game was the 0-0 draw at Aldershot earlier this season. During the current campaign he's issued 5 red and 57 yellow cards in 22 games.



Prediction

Barnet 1 Wycombe 2



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Writer:Len
Date:Monday March 7 2011
Time: 1:05AM

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