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Preview: Shrewsbury Town v Wycombe Wanderers

Preview:  Shrewsbury Town v Wycombe Wanderers


Wycombe Wanderers travel to Shrewsbury Town on Saturday for their 37th league game of the season.


The league table currently shows Wycombe in 3rd place with 60 points from 36 games and Shrewsbury in 5th spot with 56 points from 36 games

Shrewsbury Home Record...Won 8 - Drawn 7 - Lost 3 - Pts 31 (Rank-7)

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


Wycombe have played at the New Meadow twice before, both games were considered 'six-pointers' at the time, and the Blues came out on top on both occasions.

In December 2007 the two sides were competing for a play-off spot when Paul Lambert's 7th placed Wycombe beat 9th placed Shrewsbury
1-0 courtesy of a rare goal from John Sutton.

In December 2008 both teams were in the automatic promotion places when Peter Taylor's league-leaders beat 3rd placed Shrewsbury 1-0 thanks to a headed goal from Matt Harrold.

This time it's 3rd v 5th at the business end of the season and Wycombe could certainly do with another win.

With only 10 games remaining, the Blues are in danger of being caught by the chasing pack thanks to an alarming drop in form which has seen them bank only 11 points from their last 10 games.

The Shrews have picked-up 17 points during the same period, but following an impressive run of four consecutive victories, they too have gone off the boil, collecting only 5 points from their last 5 games - the most recent being a 5-0 thumping at Torquay.

The fact that the Blues have faltered recently is indisputable, but the reasons for their decline are a matter of conjecture.

Popular theories include the poor surface at Adams Park making it difficult for Wycombe to play to their strengths, the constant shuffling of central defenders, an imbalance caused by a lack of natural left-sided players, poor service to the strikers, and last but not least, the lack of a prolific goalscorer. Only keeper Nikki Bull seems to have escaped the microscope as worried fans try to understand why things have changed for the worse.

One thing that definitely seems to be missing is confidence, and if the recent 4-1 hammering at Chesterfield is part of the reason for that, then victory in Saturday's big game would be an excellent cure.

Wycombe's midfield dynamo Stuart Lewis is out with ankle ligament damage and left-back Andy Sandell is reportedly a week away from making a return to the squad.

Shrewsbury defender Jermaine Grandison is suspended following his sending-off against Torquay at the weekend.


Here are all the stats......


Shrewsbury's last five games (All Competitions)

LG2: Gillingham (H)........Drew 0-0

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

LG2: Northampton (A)......Won 3-2

LG2: Port Vale (H)..........Drew 2-2

LG2: Torquay (A).............Lost 0-5



Wycombe's last five games (All Competitions)

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

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

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

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

LG2: Stevenage (H).........Lost 0-1



Shrewsbury Goal Stats (41 games in all Competitions)

Goals Scored (Total)..........Lg: 54...Cups: 6...Total: 60

Goals Conceded (Total)......Lg: 42...Cups: 7...Total: 49

Goals Scored (Home).........Lg: 26...Cups: 4...Total: 30

Goals Conceded (Home).....Lg: 16...Cups: 3...Total: 19

Clean Sheets.....................Lg: 11...Cups: 2...Total: 13



Wycombe Goal Stats (42 games in all Competitions)

Goals Scored (Total)...........Lg: 51...Cups: 11...Total: 62

Goals Conceded (Total).......Lg: 43...Cups: 11...Total: 54

Goals Scored (Away)..........Lg: 22...Cups: 4.....Total: 26

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

Clean Sheets......................Lg: 12...Cups: 1.....Total: 13



Shrewsbury's Top Goal Scorers - (All Competitions)

Mark Wright..............12

Jake Robinson............9

Matt Harrold...............8

Lionel Ainsworth.........6

Jon Taylor..................5

James Collins.............4

Shrewsbury have benefitted from three own-goals.

Four other players have each scored two goals.

Five 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.

Three other players have each scored one goal



Shrewsbury Shooting (Top-3) - All Competitions

Mark Wright...........40 on-target...37 off-target...3 against woodwork

Matt Harrold...........23 on-target...31 off-target...3 against woodwork

Jake Robinson........20 on-target...20 off-target...4 against woodwork



Wycombe Shooting (Top-3) - All Competitions

Kevin Betsy............20 on-target...43 off-target...2 against woodwork

Gareth Ainsworth....18 on-target...32 off-target...3 against woodwork

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



Shooting (Club) - League Games Only

Shrewsb'y..164 on target...188 off target...19 against w'work (Rank-11)

Wycombe...148 on target...203 off target...15 against w'work (Rank-12)



Most Assists

Shrewsbury - Mark Wright....7

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



League Form Guide

All Season


Shrewsb'y..Pld: 36...W: 15...D: 11...L: 10...Pts: 56...Pts per game: 1.56

Wycombe...Pld: 36...W: 17...D: 9.....L: 10...Pts: 60...Pts per game: 1.67



First-half of the season

Shrewsbury..Pld: 23...W: 9.....D: 8...L: 6...Pts: 35...Pts per game: 1.52

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



Second-half of the season

Shrewsbury...Pld: 13...W: 6...D: 3...L: 4...Pts: 21...Pts per game: 1.62

Wycombe......Pld: 13...W: 6...D: 2...L: 5...Pts: 20...Pts per game: 1.54



Last Five league Games

Shrewsbury......DLWDL - 5 points (Rank-19)

Wycombe.........WLDWL - 7 points (Rank-16)



Last Five League Games (Home)

Shrewsbury.....WWDLD - 8 points (Rank-11)



Last Five League Games (Away)

Wycombe.........LLWLW - 6 points (Rank-11)



Against Top Half Opposition

Shrewsbury...Pld: 18...Pts: 18...Pts per game: 1.00...(Rank-18)

Wycombe......Pld: 17...Pts: 22...Pts per game: 1.29...(Rank-7)



Against Bottom Half Opposition

Shrewsbury...Pld: 18...Pts: 38...Pts per game: 2.11...(Rank-1)

Wycombe......Pld: 19...Pts: 38...Pts per game: 2.00...(Rank-3)



Previous Meetings

In 21 previous meetings there have been 8 wins for Wycombe, 2 for Shrewsbury and 11 draws.

At Gay Meadow there have been 2 wins for Wycombe, 1 for Shrewsbury and 5 draws.

At the New Meadow there have been 2 wins for Wycombe, 0 for Shrewsbury and 0 draws.


1993/94 LG2: Shrewsbury 1 Wycombe 0

1994/95 LG1: Shrewsbury 2 Wycombe 2

1995/96 LG1: Shrewsbury 1 Wycombe 1

1996/97 LG1: Shrewsbury 1 Wycombe 1

1998/99 FAT: Shrewsbury 0 Wycombe 1

2004/05 LG2: Shrewsbury 0 Wycombe 1

2005/06 LG2: Shrewsbury 1 Wycombe 1

2006/07 LG2: Shrewsbury 0 Wycombe 0

2007/08 LG2: Shrewsbury 0 Wycombe 1

2008/09 LG2: Shrewsbury 0 Wycombe 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 a 2-0 win at Gillingham earlier this season. During the current campaign he's issued 5 red and 84 yellow cards in 29 games.



Prediction

Shrewsbury 2 Wycombe 1

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Writer:Len
Date:Thursday March 17 2011
Time: 1:34AM

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