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Chairboys renew hostilities with the U's


Wycombe Wanderers entertain Colchester United on Saturday in their 36th league game of the season.

The league table currently shows Wycombe in 22nd place with 32 points from 35 games and Colchester in 10th spot with 47 points from 33 games.

Wycombe's Home Record...W 7 - D 2 - L 9 - Pts 23...Ppg 1.28 (Rank-16)

Colchester's Away Record..W 5 - D 5 - L 6 - Pts 20...Ppg 1.25 (Rank-11)


One of football's more confusing rivalries will be reignited this weekend as the Chairboys host the U's at Adams Park. Like Brighton and Hove Albion's rivalry with Crystal Palace and Swindon Town's with Gillingham it is one that baffles many but for many of those involved, victory means everything.

Things have changed since that first ever meeting in November 1985 when goals from Mark West and Simon Read gave the Blues a shock 2-0 win over the Essex rabble in an F.A. Cup first round tie at Loakes Park.

The rivalry was at its fiercest in the early nineties as both clubs sought promotion to the Football League and after both were successful it continued for many years.

Martin O'Neill once joked that the rivalry was more intense than Celtic and Rangers and although things aren't quite what they used to be, three points are crucial for both sides.

The U's could launch a late tilt for the play-off places if they can notch up a third successive win whilst the Blues are desperate for their first back-to-back victories of the season if they are make an unlikely escape from relegation.

Col U became the first side in the division to beat runaway leaders Charlton Athletic on their own patch in midweek and one of their stand-out performers was midfielder Martin Rowlands who spent three injury-hit months on loan at Adams Park earlier in the campaign.

There is every chance manager John Ward will name an unchanged starting line-up this weekend. They are: Ben Williams; Brian Wilson, Magnus Okuonghae, Tom Eastman, John White; Ian Henderson, Martin Rowlands, Kemal Izzet, Anthony Wordsworth; Steven Gillespie and Kayode Odejayi.

Manager Gary Waddock's gamble to start with a 4-3-3 formation against Leyton Orient worked a treat with the Blues tearing their sorry opponents to shreds in the first 45 minutes. It was nice for the boot to be on the other foot for a change this season.

The second half was a different story however and there will be few home fans going into this weekend's grudge match with confidence. The last time Wycombe claimed all three points from the U's at Adams Park was back in April 2000 courtesy of a brace from Keith Ryan and a thirty-yard screamer from Steve Brown.

Waddock will be without striker Matt McClure after he tweaked his hamstring in midweek and that could see the formation switch back to 4-4-2. Winger Chris Hackett has returned to Millwall for treatment on a groin injury.

Defender Grant Basey is believed to have been injured in a bizarre training ground car accident but the details on what the injury is and how long it will keep him out have been thin on the ground. Midfielder John Halls meanwhile continues his recovery following surgery.

There have been so many false dawns and so many crushing disappointments this season that defeat to bitter rivals Colchester United this weekend will feel like the final straw to many. On the flip side, a victory would give the whole club such a boost that a repeat of 99's mission impossible might even be possible.


Here are all the stats...


Colchester's last five games (All Competitions)

Lg1: Yeovil (A).................Lost 2-3

Lg1: Rochdale (H)...........Drew 0-0

Lg1: Oldham (A).............Drew 1-1

Lg1: Preston (H)..............Won 3-0

Lg1: Charlton (A)............ Won 2-0



Wycombe's last five games (All Competitions)

Lg1: Yeovil (H)..................Lost 2-3

Lg1: Walsall (A).................Lost 0-2

Lg1: Hartlepool (H)............Won 5-0

Lg1: Scunthorpe (A)...........Lost 1-4

Lg1: Orient (H)..................Won 4-2



Colchester Goal Stats (37 games in all Competitions)

Goals Scored (Total)............Lg: 47...Cups: 8...Total: 55

Goals Conceded (Total)........Lg: 46...Cups: 8...Total: 54

Goals Scored (Away)...........Lg: 18...Cups: 7...Total: 25

Goals Conceded (Away).......Lg: 20...Cups: 4...Total: 24

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



Wycombe Goal Stats (40 games in all Competitions)

Goals Scored (Total).............Lg: 49...Cups: 8.....Total: 57

Goals Conceded (Total).........Lg: 69...Cups: 13...Total: 82

Goals Scored (Home)............Lg: 30...Cups: 8.....Total: 38

Goals Conceded (Home)........Lg: 30...Cups: 11...Total: 41

Clean Sheets........................Lg: 3.....Cups: 0.....Total: 3



Colchester's Top Goal Scorers - (All Competitions)

Anthony Wordsworth...11 (inc 2 pens)

Steven Gillespie..........10 (inc 3 pens)

Ian Henderson.............8

Kayode Odejayi...........5

Andy Bond..................4

Michail Antonio............4

Lloyd James................3

Two other players have each scored 2 goals.

Four other players have each scored 1 goal.



Wycombe's Top Goal Scorers - (All Competitions)

Stuart Beavon.........17

Marcello Trotta..........8

Scott Donnelly..........5 (inc 2 pens)

Joel Grant................4

Ben Strevens...........4

Paul Hayes...............3

Three other players have each scored 2 goals.

Nine other players have each scored 1 goal.



Colchester Shooting (Top-3) - All Competitions

Ant' Wordsworth...42 on-target...39 off-target...3 against woodwork

Ian Henderson......44 on-target...35 off-target...3 against woodwork

Andy Bond...........24 on-target...17 off-target...0 against woodwork



Wycombe Shooting (Top-3) - All Competitions

Stuart Beavon......50 on-target...16 off-target...0 against woodwork

Joel Grant............18 on-target...13 off-target...0 against woodwork

Ben Strevens.......11 on-target...16 off-target...0 against woodwork



Shooting (Club) - League Games Only

Colchester...184 on target...175 off target...8 against w'work (Rank-14)

Wycombe....163 on target...146 off target...6 against w'work (Rank-22)



Most Assists

Colchester - Kayode Odejayi........5

Wycombe - Gareth Ainsworth.......5



League Form Guide

All Season


Colchester..Pld: 33...W: 12...D: 11...L: 10...Pts: 47...Pts per game: 1.42

Wycombe...Pld: 35...W: 9.....D: 5.....L: 21...Pts: 32...Pts per game: 0.91



First-half of the season

Colchester...Pld: 23...W: 8...D: 8...L: 7.....Pts: 32...Pts per game: 1.39

Wycombe....Pld: 23...W: 5...D: 5...L: 13...Pts: 20...Pts per game: 0.87



Second-half of the season

Colchester...Pld: 10...W: 4...D: 3...L: 3...Pts: 15...Pts per game: 1.50

Wycombe....Pld: 12...W: 4...D: 0...L: 8...Pts: 12...Pts per game: 1.00



Last Five league Games

Colchester.....LDDWW - 8 points (Rank-6)

Wycombe........LLWLW - 6 points (Rank-15)



Last Five League Games (Away)

Colchester......LWLDW - 7 points (Rank-4)



Last Five League Games (Home)

Wycombe.....WWLWW - 12 points (Rank-2)



Against Top Half Opposition

Colchester.....Pld: 14...Pts: 14...Pts per game: 1.00...(Rank-13)

Wycombe......Pld: 17...Pts: 12...Pts per game: 0.71...(Rank-21)



Against Bottom Half Opposition

Colchester.....Pld: 19...Pts: 33...Pts per game: 1.74...(Rank-9)

Wycombe......Pld: 18...Pts: 20...Pts per game: 1.11...(Rank-23)



Previous Meetings

Earlier this season Wycombe knocked the U's out of the Carling Cup on penalties after a 3-3 draw. The two sides also drew 1-1 in the league encounter in Essex where a Scott Rendell penalty cancelled out Ashley Vincent's first half strike.

In 22 previous meetings (excluding non-league clashes) there have been 6 wins for Wycombe, 5 for Colchester and 11 draws.

In Wycombe there have been 3 wins for the U's, 2 for the Blues and 6 draws.


1985/86 FAC: Wycombe 2 Colchester 0

1993/94 LG2: Wycombe 2 Colchester 5

1998/99 LG1: Wycombe 2 Colchester 2

1999/00 LG1: Wycombe 3 Colchester 0

2000/01 LG1: Wycombe 1 Colchester 1

2001/02 LG1: Wycombe 0 Colchester 0

2002/03 LG1: Wycombe 0 Colchester 0

2003/04 LG1: Wycombe 1 Colchester 2

2003/04 FLT: Wycombe 2 Colchester 3

2009/10 LG1: Wycombe 1 Colchester 1

2011/12 LCP: Wycombe 3 Colchester 3 (Wycombe win on pens)



The Man In The Middle

Saturday's referee is Simon Hooper from Wiltshire who was promoted to the National List of Referees in 2008. His most recent Wycombe game was last season's 3-0 defeat at Crewe Alexandra. During the current campaign he's issued 6 red and 65 yellow cards in 23 games.



Prediction

Wycombe Wanderers 2 Colchester United 4






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Date:Thursday March 8 2012

Time: 10:58PM

 

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