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In-form Blues face basement battle in Devon

In-form Blues face basement battle in Devon


Wycombe Wanderers travel to Exeter City on Tuesday for their 38th league game of the season.


The league table currently shows Wycombe in 21st place with 36 points from 37 games and Exeter in 23rd spot with 34 points from the same number of games.

Exeter Home Record.......W 6 - D 6 - L 6 - Pts 24.....Ppg 1.33 (Rank-14)

Wycombe Away Record...W 3 - D 3 - L 12 - Pts 12...Ppg 0.67 (Rank-21)


With ten points from their last five games, Wycombe occupy third place in the current form guide. Tuesday's opponents Exeter are at the other end of the scale having picked up only a single point over the same period.

The Blues' revival has coincided exactly with the signing of loanees Gary Doherty, Craig Eastmond and Paul Hayes who have effectively given the side a new spine.

All three newcomers are on season-long loans but Charlton boss Chris Powell is reportedly considering activating a clause which enables him to recall Doherty and Hayes after 28 days.

Despite their recent improvement, Wycombe have yet to record two wins in a row this season - a situation they would love to remedy on Tuesday night at the expense of fellow strugglers Exeter.

Still in the relegation zone with only nine games remaining, it's crucial that the Blues don't let their standards slip again. They no longer have the luxury of time on their side nor any margin for error.

Six of Wycombe's remaining fixtures are against promotion-chasing sides currently in the top eight. The other three are against teams in the bottom eight who are fighting relegation themselves.

Two years ago Gary Waddock's side staged a late fight for league one survival but ultimately fell short. This time the fight has started earlier and the Blues are five points better off than they were at the same stage in 2010.

A month ago it looked like a lost cause - a win tomorrow would put a totally different complexion on the matter.


Here are all the stats....


Exeter's last five games (All Competitions)

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

Lg1: Stevenage (H)........Drew 1-1

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

Lg1: Franchise (A)...........Lost 0-3

Lg1: Preston (H)..............Lost 1-2



Wycombe's last five games (All Competitions)

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

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

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

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

Lg1: Bury (A)....................Won 4-1



Exeter Goal Stats (43 games in all Competitions)

Goals Scored (Total)............Lg: 32...Cups: 8.....Total: 40

Goals Conceded (Total)........Lg: 57...Cups: 10...Total: 67

Goals Scored (Home)...........Lg: 20...Cups: 6.....Total: 26

Goals Conceded (Home).......Lg: 21...Cups: 7.....Total: 28

Clean Sheets.......................Lg: 8.....Cups: 1.....Total: 9



Wycombe Goal Stats (42 games in all Competitions)

Goals Scored (Total).............Lg: 53...Cups: 8.....Total: 61

Goals Conceded (Total).........Lg: 70...Cups: 13...Total: 83

Goals Scored (Away)............Lg: 23...Cups: 0.....Total: 23

Goals Conceded (Away)........Lg: 40...Cups: 2.....Total: 42

Clean Sheets........................Lg: 4.....Cups: 0.....Total: 4



Exeter's Top Goal Scorers - (All Competitions)

Daniel Nardiello..........9 (inc 3 pens)

Richard Logan............6

David Noble...............3

Guillem Bauza...........3 (inc 1 pen)

Seven other players have each scored 2 goals.

Four other players have each scored 1 goal.



Wycombe's Top Goal Scorers - (All Competitions)

Stuart Beavon.........20

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

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

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

Paul Hayes...............4

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

Three other players have each scored 2 goals.

Nine other players have each scored 1 goal.



Exeter Shooting (Top-3) - All Competitions

Daniel Nardiello....30 on-target...27 off-target...1 against woodwork

David Noble.........22 on-target...21 off-target...2 against woodwork

Liam Sercombe....16 on-target...21 off-target...3 against woodwork



Wycombe Shooting (Top-3) - All Competitions

Stuart Beavon......54 on-target...17 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

Exeter........146 on target...162 off target...15 against w'work (Rank-24)

Wycombe...174 on target...156 off target.....6 against w'work (Rank-21)



Most Assists

Exeter - Scott Golbourne.............4

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



League Form Guide

All Season


Exeter........Pld: 37...W: 8....D: 10...L: 19...Pts: 34...Pts per game: 0.92

Wycombe...Pld: 37...W: 10...D: 6....L: 21...Pts: 36...Pts per game: 0.97



First-half of the season

Exeter.........Pld: 23...W: 5...D: 6...L: 12...Pts: 21...Pts per game: 0.91

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



Second-half of the season

Exeter.........Pld: 14...W: 3...D: 4...L: 7...Pts: 13...Pts per game: 0.93

Wycombe....Pld: 14...W: 5...D: 1...L: 8...Pts: 16...Pts per game: 1.14



Last Five league Games

Exeter................LDLLL - 1 point (Rank-23)

Wycombe.....WLWDW - 10 points (Rank-3)



Last Five League Games (Home)

Exeter............LWWDL - 7 points (Rank-18)



Last Five League Games (Away)

Wycombe.........LLLLW - 3 points (Rank-18)



Against Top Half Opposition

Exeter...........Pld: 21...Pts: 11...Pts per game: 0.52...(Rank-23)

Wycombe......Pld: 18...Pts: 13...Pts per game: 0.72...(Rank-21)



Against Bottom Half Opposition

Exeter...........Pld: 16...Pts: 23...Pts per game: 1.43...(Rank-18)

Wycombe......Pld: 19...Pts: 23...Pts per game: 1.21...(Rank-23)



Previous Meetings

In 6 previous meetings there have been 2 wins for Wycombe, 1 for Exeter and 3 draws.

At St James Park the tally is 1 win for the Grecians, none for the Blues and 1 draw.

2000/01 FLT: Wycombe 1 Exeter 0

2008/09 Lg2: Wycombe 1 Exeter 1

2008/09 Lg2: Exeter 1 Wycombe 0

2009/10 Lg1: Exeter 1 Wycombe 1

2009/10 Lg1: Wycombe 2 Exeter 2

2011/12 Lg1: Wycombe 3 Exeter 1



The Man In The Middle

Tuesday's referee is Craig Pawson from South Yorkshire who was promoted to the National List of Referees in 2008. His last Wycombe game was a 2-0 win at Notts County on a freezing Tuesday night in November 2008. During the current campaign he's issued 8 red and 85 yellow cards in 26 games.



Prediction

Exeter City 1 Wycombe Wanderers 2



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Writer:Len
Date:Monday March 19 2012
Time: 12:45AM

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