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Preview: Oxford United v Wycombe Wanderers


Wycombe Wanderers travel to Oxford United on Saturday for their 41st league game of the season.


The league table currently shows Wycombe in 2nd place with 68 points from 40 games and Oxford in 11th spot with 56 points from 40 games

Oxford's Home Record......Won 10 - Drawn 2 - Lost 8 - Pts 32 (Rank-11)

Wycombe's Away Record....Won 9 - Drawn 6 - Lost 5 - Pts 33 (Rank-3)


This time last year there were two divisions between the Us and the Blues as Wycombe slipped out of League One and Oxford finally clambered back into the Football League after a four year absence.

A large crowd is expected on Saturday, but despite their close proximity, there is no traditional rivalry and precious little similarity between the two clubs. Wycombe Wanderers were formed in 1887 and are fiercely proud of their 'non-league' roots, while Oxford United were born in 1960 and seem to have forgotten theirs.

Presumably, the Us' delusions of grandeur come from their brief three-year stint in the old First Division, a golden period for the club, during which they won the League Cup and twice finished just above the relegation zone before finally coming bottom in 1988 and disappearing from the top-flight forever.

It's been pretty much downhill since then, although the Us were able to boast the best stadium in the conference, a relatively new construction, cunningly designed in a U-shape to reflect their 'big club' corporate identity.

Back on the footballing radar, this season has been one of consolidation for Oxford, who have been the very definition of mid-table with 9 wins and 9 defeats in the first half of the season, 7 wins and 7 defeats in the second half of the season and 52 goals both for and against.

Any hope of a play-off place would involve the Us upping their game considerably and four or five of the teams above them simultaneously imploding.

In a 0-0 draw at Adams Park earlier this season, the Us were undoubtedly the better side on the day, but it was Wycombe who went on to gather the necessary points for a tilt at automatic promotion.

A surprisingly flat performance at Hereford on Tuesday yielded only a single point for the Blues and a similar display on Saturday is likely to end in tears. What's required is the same fighting-spirit shown in the final six games of last season when Wycombe suddenly came to life and made a valiant effort to rescue a dismal campaign.

There's sure to be a 'big game' atmosphere at the weekend, and win or lose, the travelling fans will expect to see a level of urgency and commitment befitting a side fighting for promotion.

With six games left, a top-three spot is still in their own hands - just.


Here are all the stats......


Oxford's last five games (All Competitions)

LG2: Port Vale (A)..........Won 2-1

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

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

LG2: Burton (H).............Won 3-0

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



Wycombe's last five games (All Competitions)

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

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

LG2: Morecambe (A)........Won 3-0

LG2: Stockport (H)...........Won 2-0

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



Oxford Goal Stats (44 games in all Competitions)

Goals Scored (Total)..........Lg: 52...Cups: 6...Total: 58

Goals Conceded (Total)......Lg: 52...Cups: 5...Total: 57

Goals Scored (Home).........Lg: 28...Cups: 6...Total: 34

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

Clean Sheets.....................Lg: 9.....Cups: 0...Total: 9



Wycombe Goal Stats (46 games in all Competitions)

Goals Scored (Total)...........Lg: 57...Cups: 11...Total: 68

Goals Conceded (Total).......Lg: 44...Cups: 11...Total: 55

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

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

Clean Sheets......................Lg: 15...Cups: 1.....Total: 16



Oxford's Top Goal Scorers - (All Competitions)

James Constable.........15

Tom Craddock............13 (inc 3 pens)

Jack Midson.................7

Steven MacLean..........6 (inc 1 pen)

Simon Heslop..............5

Asa Hall......................3

Oxford have benefitted from two own-goals.

One other player has scored two goals.

Five other players have each scored one goal.



Wycombe's Top Goal Scorers - (All Competitions)

Scott Rendell...........15 (inc 8 pens)

Gareth Ainsworth.....10

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

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

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

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

Lewis Montrose.........4

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

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

Three other players have each scored two goals.

Three other players have each scored one goal



Oxford Shooting (Top-3) - All Competitions

James Constable.....46 on-target...39 off-target...3 against woodwork

Tom Craddock........38 on-target...31 off-target...2 against woodwork

Asa Hall.................21 on-target...34 off-target...2 against woodwork



Wycombe Shooting (Top-3) - All Competitions

Kevin Betsy............23 on-target...47 off-target...2 against woodwork

Gareth Ainsworth....23 on-target...36 off-target...3 against woodwork

Stuart Beavon........24 on-target...27 off-target...2 against woodwork



Shooting (Club) - League Games Only

Oxford........196 on target...206 off target...11 against w'work (Rank-11)

Wycombe....171 on target...238 off target...17 against w'work (Rank-9)



Most Assists

Oxford - James Constable..........8

Wycombe - Betsy & Ainsworth....6



League Form Guide

All Season


Oxdord......Pld: 40...W: 16...D: 8.....L: 16...Pts: 56...Pts per game: 1.40

Wycombe...Pld: 40...W: 19...D: 11...L: 10...Pts: 68...Pts per game: 1.70



First-half of the season

Oxford.........Pld: 23...W: 9.....D: 5...L: 9...Pts: 32...Pts per game: 1.39

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



Second-half of the season

Oxford.........Pld: 17...W: 7...D: 3...L: 7...Pts: 24...Pts per game: 1.41

Wycombe.....Pld: 17...W: 8...D: 4...L: 5...Pts: 28...Pts per game: 1.65



Last Five league Games

Oxford..........WLWWL - 9 points (Rank-8)

Wycombe......LDWWD - 8 points (Rank-9)



Last Five League Games (Home)

Oxford..........WLLWW - 9 points (Rank-11)



Last Five League Games (Away)

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



Against Top Half Opposition

Oxford..........Pld: 18...Pts: 26...Pts per game: 1.44...(Rank-4)

Wycombe......Pld: 18...Pts: 23...Pts per game: 1.28...(Rank-7)



Against Bottom Half Opposition

Oxford..........Pld: 22...Pts: 30...Pts per game: 1.36...(Rank-18)

Wycombe......Pld: 22...Pts: 45...Pts per game: 2.05...(Rank-3)



Previous Meetings

In 15 previous meetings there have been 7 wins for Wycombe, 3 for Oxford and 5 draws.

In Oxford there have been 3 wins for Wycombe, 1 for Oxford and 3 draws.

1994/95 LG1: Oxford 0 Wycombe 2

1995/96 LG1: Oxford 1 Wycombe 4

1999/00 LG1: Oxford 1 Wycombe 1

1999/00 FLT: Oxford 0 Wycombe 0

2000/01 LG1: Oxford 1 Wycombe 2

2004/05 LG2: Oxford 2 Wycombe 1

2005/06 LG2: Oxford 2 Wycombe 2



The Man In The Middle

Saturday's referee is Darren Deadman from Cambridgeshire who was promoted to the National List of Referees in 2005. His last Wycombe game was a 2-0 win at Stevenage earlier this season. During the current campaign he's issued 5 red and 90 yellow cards in 24 games.



Prediction

Oxford 1 Wycombe 1




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Writer: Len Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday April 7 2011

Time: 2:12PM

 

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