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Big-Match Preview: Bury v Wycombe Wanderers


Wycombe Wanderers travel to Bury on Saturday for their 45th league game of the season.

The league table currently shows Wycombe in 3rd place with 74 points from 44 games and Bury in 2nd spot with 80 points from 44 games.

Bury's Home Record.........Won 11 - Drawn 6 - Lost 5 - Pts 39 (Rank-5)

Wycombe's Away Record....Won 9 - Drawn 8 - Lost 5 - Pts 35 (Rank-2)

Bury travelled to Chesterfield on Monday and beat the league-leaders on their own patch to clinch automatic promotion and give themselves a realistic chance of winning the title.

The Shakers and the Spireites are now embroiled in a battle for top spot, while Wycombe Wanderers and Shrewsbury Town fight it out for the last remaining automatic promotion place.

Bury's motivation will, at least in part, be based upon the result of current leaders Chesterfield's trip to Plainmoor on Friday when they take on play-off contenders Torquay United. Victory for the Spireites would take them five points clear of the Shakers, which would mean only three points would keep their title aspirations alive.

The Chairboys have a one point advantage over their Shropshire rivals, and if they beat the Shakers on Saturday and the Shrews lose at Cheltenham, Gary Waddock's side will be celebrating promotion at Gigg Lane.

That's the dream scenario, but a more realistic assessment is that Wycombe need to at least match Shrewsbury's result at Cheltenham in order to enter the final week of the season with promotion still in their own hands.

If the Blues play their cards right then points will make prizes but there is a looming joker of goal difference in the background and the irony will not be lost on either team after the finish to the 2008/09 season.

Victory would set a new club record of ten wins away from home in a league season and the club have already sold out the initial allocation of 300 tickets. With at least another 1,700 available on the day, it is predicted that between 700-800 Chairboys (and girls) will make the trip to the birthplace of Sir Robert Peel, Victoria Wood and Mark E Smith.

Wycombe will be wearing their famous Oxford and Cambridge Blue Quarters for the trip and would be delighted with a repeat of their first ever visit which came on September 11th 1993. Goals from Andy Kerr and Tim Langford sealed a 2-1 victory as the side went on to win promotion (via the play-offs) in it's first ever season in the Football League. The Blues haven't lost any of the last seven meetings with Bury.


Manager Gary Waddock has been dealt another injury blow with young striker Matt McClure twisting his ankle in training, and he's unlikely to make the trip to North Manchester. He joins defender Chris Westwood (calf), Stuart Beavon (knee) and Jon-Paul Pittman (ankle) on the sidelines. The Wycombe supremo has tended to stick rather than unnecessarily twist this season so it's likely he will stick with the same starting eleven that saw off Crewe Alexandra on Easter Monday.

That was as follows: (4-4-2)

Nikki Bull

Danny Foster - Dave Winfield - Leon Johnson - Andy Sandell

Gareth Ainsworth - Stuart Lewis - Scott Donnelly - Kevin Betsy

Scott Rendell - Ben Strevens

For all you stat fans out there - The minutes-per-goal ratio of Scott Rendell this season (157.5) is better than Scott McGleish's in 2007-08 when he scored 25 (158.2).


Bury meanwhile have enjoyed an extended honeymoon period under caretaker boss Richie Barker, winning six out of six since Alan Knill departed for Scunthorpe. They have defender Efe Sodje available after suspension but he may have to settle for a place on the bench.

The Shakers starting line-up is likely to be: (4-4-2)

Cameron Belford

David Worrall - Ben Futcher - Tom Lees - Joe Skarz

Kyle Bennett - Steven Schumacher - Peter Sweeney - Mike Jones

Ryan Lowe - Nicky Ajose


Sir Alex Ferguson's oft-repeated expression for the end of season excitement / torment still holds true and there will be many hoping that there is a strong mobile signal at Gigg Lane, with events at Whaddon Road of most interest.

A crowd of 6,410 or more would be the highest to have watched the two sides together in action and many of those following the Chairboys will be wearing an array of fancy dress costumes. Expect an assortment of Hawaiian shirts, hula skirts, fruit and mankinis! Let's hope by 5pm Gigg Lane is the venue of one big party.

COME ON YOU BLUES!



Here are all the stats......

Bury's last five games (All Competitions)

LG2: Northampton (A)......Won 4-2

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

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

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

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



Wycombe's last five games (All Competitions)

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

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

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

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

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



Bury Goal Stats (49 games in all Competitions)

Goals Scored (Total)..........Lg: 78...Cups: 3...Total: 81

Goals Conceded (Total)......Lg: 44...Cups: 4...Total: 48

Goals Scored (Home).........Lg: 34...Cups: 3...Total: 37

Goals Conceded (Home).....Lg: 20...Cups: 3...Total: 23

Clean Sheets.....................Lg: 15...Cups: 2...Total: 17



Wycombe Goal Stats (50 games in all Competitions)

Goals Scored (Total)...........Lg: 63...Cups: 11...Total: 74

Goals Conceded (Total).......Lg: 48...Cups: 11...Total: 59

Goals Scored (Away)..........Lg: 28...Cups: 4.....Total: 32

Goals Conceded (Away)......Lg: 24...Cups: 1.....Total: 25

Clean Sheets.....................Lg: 17...Cups: 1.....Total: 18



Breakdown of goals scored (League games only)


Bury

5 goals x 2

4 goals x 4

3 goals x 9

2 goals x 5

1 goal x 15

0 goals x 9



Wycombe

5 goals x 0

4 goals x 3

3 goals x 1

2 goals x 16

1 goal x 16

0 goals x 8



Bury's Top Goal Scorers - (All Competitions)

Ryan Lowe..................27 (inc 3 pens)

Nicholas Ajose.............12

Mike Jones...................8

Steven Schumacher......7

Tom Lees.....................5

Efe Sodje.....................4

Andy Bishop.................4

Andy Haworth...............3

Four other players have each scored two goals.

Three other players have each scored one goal.



Wycombe's Top Goal Scorers - (All Competitions)

Scott Rendell............18 (inc 9 pens)

Gareth Ainsworth......10

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

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

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

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

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

Jon-Paul Pittman........4

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

Four other players have each scored two goals.

Three other players have each scored one goal



Bury Shooting (Top-3) - All Competitions

Ryan Lowe.............72 on-target...67 off-target...3 against woodwork

Nicholas Ajose........32 on-target...31 off-target...2 against woodwork

Andy Haworth.........26 on-target...32 off-target...1 against woodwork



Wycombe Shooting (Top-3) - All Competitions

Kevin Betsy............25 on-target...49 off-target...2 against woodwork

Gareth Ainsworth....23 on-target...38 off-target...3 against woodwork

Stuart Beavon........25 on-target...27 off-target...2 against woodwork



Shooting (Club) - League Games Only

Bury...........246 on target...273 off target...11 against w'work (Rank-2)

Wycombe....190 on target...259 off target...18 against w'work (Rank-9)



Most Assists

Bury - Ajose, Jones & Worrall...6

Wycombe - Kevin Betsy...........7



League Form Guide

All Season


Bury..........Pld: 44...W: 23...D: 11...L: 10...Pts: 80...Pts per game: 1.82

Wycombe...Pld: 44...W: 20...D: 14...L: 10...Pts: 74...Pts per game: 1.68



First-half of the season

Bury..............Pld: 23...W: 10...D: 6...L: 7...Pts: 36...Pts per game: 1.57

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



Second-half of the season

Bury.............Pld: 21...W: 13...D: 5...L: 3...Pts: 44...Pts per game: 2.10

Wycombe......Pld: 21...W: 9.....D: 7...L: 5...Pts: 34...Pts per game: 1.62



Last Five league Games

Bury..........WWWWW - 15 points (Rank-1)

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



Last Five League Games (Home)

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



Last Five League Games (Away)

Wycombe.....DWDDD - 7 points (Rank-7)



Against Top Half Opposition

Bury...............Pld: 20...Pts: 36...Pts per game: 1.80...(Rank-2)

Wycombe........Pld: 20...Pts: 25...Pts per game: 1.25...(Rank-9)



Against Bottom Half Opposition

Bury...............Pld: 24...Pts: 44...Pts per game: 1.83...(Rank-5)

Wycombe........Pld: 24...Pts: 49...Pts per game: 2.04...(Rank-2)



Previous Meetings

In 21 previous meetings there have been 10 wins for Wycombe, 6 for Bury and 5 draws.

At Gigg Lane there have been 2 wins for Wycombe, 3 for Bury and 5 draws.

1993/94 LG2: Bury 1 Wycombe 2

1996/97 LG1: Bury 2 Wycombe 0

1999/00 LG1: Bury 2 Wycombe 0

2000/01 LG1: Bury 1 Wycombe 1

2001/02 LG1: Bury 1 Wycombe 1

2004/05 LG2: Bury 2 Wycombe 2

2005/06 LG2: Bury 2 Wycombe 1

2006/07 LG2: Bury 0 Wycombe 4

2007/08 LG2: Bury 2 Wycombe 2

2008/09 LG2: Bury 0 Wycombe 0



The Man In The Middle

Saturday's referee is Phil Gibbs from the West Midlands who was promoted to the National List of Referees in 2008.

His last Wycombe game was a 2-1 win over Bristol Rovers at Adams Park in August 2009. During the current campaign he's issued 3 red and 88 yellow cards in 31 games.



Prediction

Bury 0 Wycombe Wanderers 1







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Date:Thursday April 28 2011

Time: 1:08PM

 

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