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Preview: Burton Albion v Wycombe Wanderers

Preview: Burton Albion v Wycombe Wanderers


Wycombe Wanderers fell to a narrow 1-0 defeat to Bradford City at Valley Parade in midweek.

It was a disappointing result but a lacklustre display that deserved nothing more. Gareth Ainsworth made just one change to his starting line-up with Gary Doherty making his first start in the centre of defence since early November after recovering from back surgery. He replaced winger Bruno Andrade, who was ruled-out after aggravating an ankle problem.

Defender Dave Winfield and striker Matt McClure overcame hip and foot injuries respectively whilst defender Kortney Hause returned to the bench after recovering from a knee problem. There was again no place for defender Leon Johnson, who was said to have missed the home draw with Rotherham United last week for family reasons, and midfielder Matt Spring, who is clearly not in Ainsworth`s plans.

The three points were lost after only seven minutes when the visitors failed to defend winger Kyel Reid`s free-kick into the box. Striker James Hanson headed the ball down for winger Garry Thompson to fire through a crowd of players and into the net. The only other noteworthy moment came five minutes into the second half when McClure missed the Wanderers best chance to level when he headed over the bar from close range following Dean Morgan`s right-wing cross.

The defeat leaves the Blues in 15th place in the League table and just eight points above the drop zone albeit with a game in hand. They have now lost five of their last eight league matches and with four of the five bottom sides winning in midweek, there is a growing sense of nervousness amongst some the Chairboys` faithful.

One win would probably be enough to secure Football League safety but a daunting trip to the Pirelli Stadium to face in-form Burton Albion doesn`t exactly afford the most obvious of opportunities. The Brewers have won their last nine home games on the bounce and currently sit in 3rd place in the table. They will also want revenge for their comprehensive 3-0 drubbing at Adams Park back in November.

Wycombe Wanderers make only their fourth visit to Burton-Upon-Trent this weekend. The first came way back in February 1980 when the Blues travelled to Eton Park to face the Brewers in a F.A. Trophy second round tie. Mike Keen had just been appointed manager but the Northern Premier League proved to be too strong with a Howard Kennedy penalty and Paul Miles strike not enough to prevent a 4-2 defeat.

The second meeting was memorable for all the wrong reasons as then Albion boss Neil Warnock stoked the fires after a F.A. Cup fourth qualifying round tie had ended 1-1 at Loakes Park. The replay took place four days later at Eton Park in front of a hostile crowd of 3,442. Those Chairboys who did make the trip saw striker Declan Link head the visitors in front inside four minutes but the home side fought back to win 2-1.

The last encounter took place almost two and a half years ago as the Chairboys made their first ever visit to the Pirelli Stadium for a League Two fixture. Almost 500 away fans swelled the crowd to 3,042 and they were treated to an entertaining encounter that was lit up by two spectacular goals. With 16 minutes played Ainsworth received the ball in the Brewers half and hit a 30-yard drive which flew past home goal Adam Legzdins. It was Gaz`s 100th goal in senior football.

Four minutes before half-time full-back Andy Sandell curled a free-kick into the top left-hand corner of the net from just outside the area. The hosts came out after the break and put the Blues under intense pressure. Striker Shaun Harrad halved the deficit within five minutes with a close range finished and Nikki Bull pulled off a superb save to deny Aaron Webster. He also hit the post, as did Wycombe`s Kevin Betsy, but the visitors held on to win 2-1.

Gareth Ainsworth will be forced to make at least one change to his starting line-up this weekend. Goalkeeper Matt Ingram is set to make his full debut for the club after being recalled from his loan at Oxford City. He will replace goalkeeper Jordan Archer, who is unavailable after being called up to the Scotland Under-21 squad for their qualifier with Luxembourg.

Bruno Andrade remains doubtful whilst four players remain in the treatment room and won't play again this season. Anthony Stewart has undergone surgery after fracturing his hand whilst midfielder Matt Bloomfield is still struggling with a pelvic shear which is preventing him from training. Defender Danny Foster is recovering from a second operation on his knee whilst full-back Grant Basey continues his rehabilitation following surgery on his anterior cruciate ligaments.

Here's the current list of player availability...

Dave Winfield (Centre Back) - available (returned in midweek after recovering from a pelvic injury last week and will be assessed ahead of kick-off)

Kortney Hause (Centre Back) - available (returned to the bench in midweek after recovering from a knee injury)

Matt McClure (Attacker) - available (returned in midweek after recovering from a foot injury last week)

Bruno Andrade (Right-winger) - doubtful (missed out in midweek after aggravating an ankle injury)

Matt Ingram (Goalkeeper) - available (recalled from loan at Oxford City and set to make his debut)

Jordan Archer (Goalkeeper) - unavailable (called up to the Scotland Under-21 squad for their qualifier with Luxembourg)

Anthony Stewart (Centre Back) - ruled-out with a hand injury (will undergo surgery on a fractured hand and won't play again this season)

Matt Bloomfield (Midfielder) - ruled out with a groin injury (won't play again this season)

Danny Foster (Right Back) - ruled out with a knee injury (continues his rehabilitation following a second operation and won't play again this season)

Grant Basey (Left Back) - ruled out with an anterior cruciate knee ligament injury (continues his rehabilitation following surgery and won't play again this season)

The Chairboys starting eleven may look something like this (4-4-2):

Matt Ingram

Michael Harriman - Dave Winfield - Gary Doherty - Charles Dunne

Joel Grant - Josh Scowen - Stuart Lewis - Sam Wood

Dean Morgan - Matt McClure

Subs: Lee Harrison, Kortney Hause, Marvin McCoy, Gareth Ainsworth, Junior Morais, Dennis Oli, Jo Kuffour

Burton Albion were somewhat disappointed after being held to a 1-1 draw by Dagenham and Redbridge at Victoria Road last weekend. They dominated the first half but only had midfielder Lee Bell`s goal to show for it and conceded an equaliser early in the second half. They have now lost just one of their last eleven league games and have won nine in a row at home!

Manager Gary Rowett has done an outstanding job since replacing Paul Peschisolido just over a year ago. He has a trio of players unavailable due to injury. Defender Aaron Webster is sidelined with a calf injury whilst midfielder Matt Palmer and striker Adi Yussuf miss out with groin problems. Defender Nathan Stanton is doubtful with a knee injury.

Winger Jacques Maghoma and striker Billy Kee both passed late fitness tests on knee injuries last weekend and are expected to be available. Striker Calvin Zola also overcame a hamstring strain to start. There is just the one ex-Chairboy in the Brewers squad in left wing-back Chris Palmer but he hasn`t featured since last December.

Burton Albion`s starting line-up could look something like this: (4-4-2):

Stuart Tomlinson

Anthony O'Connor - Ian Sharps - Zander Diamond - Damien McCrory

Alex MacDonald - Lee Bell - Robbie Weir - Jacques Maghoma

Billy Kee - Calvin Zola

Subs: Dean Lyness, Andrew Corbett, Marcus Holness, Adam Drury, Jack Dyer, Jimmy Phillips, Matt Paterson


Here are all the stats...


The league table currently shows Wycombe in 15th place with 49 points from 38 games, and Burton in 3rd spot spot with 66 points from 39 games.


Burton Home Record.......W 14 - D 3 - L 2 - Pts 45...Ppg 2.37 (Rank-1)

Wycombe Away Record...W 7 - D 2 - L 10 - Pts 23...Ppg 1.21 (Rank-9)


Burton's last five results (All Competitions)

Lg2: Morecambe (H)..........Won 3-2

Lg2: Bristol Rovers (A).......Lost 0-3

Lg2: Cheltenham (H).........Won 3-1

Lg2: Aldershot (A).............Won 2-1

Lg2: Dagenham (A)..........Drew 1-1


Wycombe's last five results (All Competitions)

Lg2: Torquay (A)................Won 2-1

Lg2: Fleetwood (H).............Won 1-0

Lg2: Rochdale (A)...............Lost 1-4

Lg2: Rotherham (H)...........Drew 2-2

Lg2: Bradford (A)................Lost 0-1


Burton Goal Stats (47 games in all Competitions)

Goals Scored (Total)..........Lg: 61...Cups: 14...Total: 75

Goals Conceded (Total)......Lg: 51...Cups: 12...Total: 63

Goals Scored (Home).........Lg: 43...Cups: 3.....Total: 46

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

Clean Sheets.....................Lg: 10...Cups: 3.....Total: 13

Failed to score...................Lg: 10...Cups: 2.....Total: 12


Wycombe Goal Stats (42 games in all Competitions)

Goals Scored (Total)..........Lg: 45...Cups: 4...Total: 49

Goals Conceded (Total)......Lg: 54...Cups: 8...Total: 62

Goals Scored (Away).........Lg: 21...Cups: 4...Total: 25

Goals Conceded (Away).....Lg: 33...Cups: 8...Total: 41

Clean Sheets.....................Lg: 11...Cups: 0...Total: 11

Failed to score...................Lg: 11...Cups: 2...Total: 13


Burton's Top Goal Scorers - (All Competitions)

Billy Kee................13

Jacques Maghoma...13

Calvin Zola.............12

Robbie Weir.............6

Lee Bell...................4

Matthew Paterson.....4

Zander Diamond......3

Michael Symes.........3

Cleveland Taylor......3

One other player has scored two goals.

Eight other players have each scored 1 goal


Wycombe's Goal Scorers - (All Competitions)

Matt McClure...........10

Joel Grant................9

Dean Morgan............8

Sam Wood...............3

Gareth Ainsworth......2

Bruno Andrade.........2

Gary Doherty...........2

Jo Kuffour................2

Dave Winfield...........2

OG..........................2

Stuart Beavon..........1

Matt Bloomfield.........1

Kortney Hause.........1

Stuart Lewis.............1

Josh Scowen............1

Matt Spring..............1

Anthony Stewart......1


Burton Shooting (Top-3) - All Comps

Billy Kee............36 on-target...41 off-target...2 against woodwork

Jac' Maghoma.....41 on-target...35 off-target...2 against woodwork

Calvin Zola.........33 on-target...42 off-target...2 against woodwork


Wycombe Shooting (Top-3) - All Comps

Dean Morgan......28 on-target...31 off-target...6 against woodwork

Joel Grant...........22 on-target...25 off-target...0 against woodwork

Matt McClure.......19 on-target...21 off-target...1 against woodwork


Shooting (Club) - League only

Burton.......212 on target...238 off target...13 against w'work (Rank-3)

Wycombe...152 on target...171 off target.....9 against w'work (Rank-22)


Most Assists

Burton - Calvin Zola..............9

Wycombe - Josh Scowen........6


Discipline - All Comps

Burton..........6 Red Cards - 63 Yellow Cards

Wycombe......5 Red Cards - 64 Yellow Cards


League Form Guide

All Season


Burton.......Pld: 39...W: 19...D: 9.....L: 11...Pts: 66...Pts per game: 1.69

Wycombe...Pld: 38...W: 14...D: 7.....L: 17...Pts: 49...Pts per game: 1.29


First-half of the season

Burton........Pld: 23...W: 9...D: 6...L: 8....Pts: 33...Ppg: 1.43 (Rank-12)

Wycombe....Pld: 23...W: 7...D: 5...L: 11..Pts: 26...Ppg: 1.13 (Rank-19)


Second-half of the season

Burton........Pld: 16...W: 10...D: 3...L: 3...Pts: 33...Ppg: 2.06 (Rank-1)

Wycombe....Pld: 15...W: 7.....D: 2...L: 6...Pts: 23...Ppg: 1.53 (Rank-8)


Last Five league Games

Burton.....WLWWD - 10 points (Rank-5)

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


Last Five League Games (Home)

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


Last Five League Games (Away)

Wycombe.....WLWLL - 6 points (Rank-12)


Against Top Half Opposition

Burton..........Pld: 18...Pts: 28...Pts per game: 1.56...(Rank-2)

Wycombe......Pld: 20...Pts: 20...Pts per game: 1.00...(Rank-17)


Against Bottom Half Opposition

Burton..........Pld: 21...Pts: 38...Pts per game: 1.81...(Rank-3)

Wycombe......Pld: 18...Pts: 29...Pts per game: 1.61...(Rank-12)


First 45 mins v Second 45 mins - Performance Comparison

First-Half


Burton..........W: 13...D: 15...L: 11...Ppg: 1.38 (Rank-6)

Wycombe......W: 13...D: 12...L: 13...Ppg: 1.34 (Rank-9)


Second-Half

Burton..........W: 13...D: 11...L: 15...Ppg: 1.28 (Rank-13)

Wycombe......W: 10...D: 13...L: 15...Ppg: 1.13 (Rank-20)


League Goals scored in First-Half

Burton...........27 (44%) (Rank-3)

Wycombe.......24 (53%) (Rank-7)


League Goals scored in Second-Half

Burton...........34 (56%) (Rank-5)

Wycombe.......21 (47%) (Rank-22)


League Goals conceded in First-Half

Burton...........20 (39%) (Rank-8)

Wycombe.......23 (43%) (Rank-13)


League Goals conceded in Second-Half

Burton...........31 (61%) (Rank-14)

Wycombe.......31 (57%) (Rank-14)


Record when scoring the first goal

Burton scored first.....19 times (W:14 - D:4 - L:1)...Ppg: 2.42 (Rank-10)

Wycombe scored frst..20 times (W:11 - D:5 - L:4)...Ppg: 1.90 (Rank-21)


Record when conceding the first goal

Burton conceded first..19 times (W:5 - D:4 - L:10) Ppg: 1.00 (Rank-1)

Wyc'be conceded first..16 times (W:3 - D:0 - L:13) Ppg: 0.56 (Rank-10)


Previous Meetings

In 8 previous meetings there have been 4 wins for Wycombe, 3 for Burton and 1 draw.

In Burton the tally is 2 wins for the Brewers, 1 for the Chairboys and 0 draws.

1955/56 FAC: Wycombe 1 Burton 3

1979/80 FAT: Burton 4 Wycombe 2

1984/85 FAQ: Wycombe 1 Burton 1

1984/85 FAQ: Burton 2 Wycombe 1

1985/86 FAQ: Wycombe 1 Burton 0

2010/11 LG2: Burton 1 Wycombe 2

2010/11 LG2: Wycombe 4 Burton 1

2012/13 LG2: Wycombe 3 Burton 0


The Man In The Middle

Saturday's referee is Steven Rushton from Staffordshire who was promoted to the National List of Referees in 2009. Earlier this season he took charge of Wycombe's 4-0 thumping at Cheltenham Town. During the current campaign he's issued 8 red and 76 yellow cards in 27 appearances.


Predictions

Benny: Burton 3 Wycombe 0

Len: Burton 2 Wycombe 1



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Writer:Benny & Len
Date:Thursday March 21 2013
Time: 5:26PM

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