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Preview: Accrington Stanley v Wycombe Wanderers


Wycombe Wanderers travel to the Crown Ground this weekend to face bottom of the table Accrington Stanley.

A three match winning run came to an end last Saturday when the Blues were beaten 2-1 by Bury at Adams Park. Defender Anthony Stewart gave the hosts a 16th minute lead but they were unable to hold on after the break with substitute Anton Forrester getting the better of Stewart before pulling the ball back for midfielder Tom Soares to equalise.

Matt Bloomfield was shown a straight red card for a challenge on defender Shaun Beeley seven minutes later and the Shakers snatched all three points in the final minute when defender William Edjeneguele headed home midfielder Chris Sedgwick`s corner at the far post. It was a third home defeat for the Chairboys and they fall to 12th place in the League Two table.

Next up is a trip to bottom of the table Accrington with the Blues making their sixth visit to the Crown Ground. In the five previous meetings the Wanderers have won three, drawn one and lost one. The first ever meeting between the two clubs came back on a sunny afternoon in September 2006.

Paul Lambert's side found themselves a goal down at the break after winger Ian Craney's powerful free-kick beat goalkeeper Ricardo Batista to find the top right-hand corner. Defender Will Antwi levelled for the visitors ten minutes into the second half and it looked to be enough to take a point until the 90th minute when possession was conceded cheaply in midfield and the ball played forward for substitute Andy Mangan to sweep home the winner.

The next clash came in February 2008 when current Celtic boss Neil Lennon was handed his debut for the Chairboys. Striker Scott McGleish broke the deadlock inside the opening quarter of an hour after turning home midfielder Tommy Doherty's cross.

McGleish had a penalty saved by home goalkeeper Ian Dunbavin after midfielderSergio Torres had been up-ended in the box. It didn't prove costly though as the points were sealed with a quarter of an hour remaining when striker Leon Knight ran onto goalkeeper Frank Fielding's long punt forward to tuck the ball home and make it 2-0.

Eight months later the sides renewed acquaintances on a wet October afternoon with Peter Taylor having taken over the reigns. A dull first half didn't improve much after the break and with 90 minutes on the clock winger Chris Zebroski ran onto a long ball to smuggle it past Dunbavin and the ball trickled over the line and into the net.

There was yet another late goal in the meeting back in September 2010. Matt Bloomfield had given Gary Waddock's men a deserved lead midway through the second half but their profligate finishing came back to haunt them as striker Rory Boulding fired home an equaliser four minutes into injury-time to rescue a 1-1 draw for Stanley.

The last meeting took place ten days before Christmas 2012. Gareth Ainsworth`s injury-hit squad made it five games unbeaten in League Two with a hard-fought 2-0 victory. Loan winger Bruno Andrade fired a low shot into the net to break the deadlock after only eleven minutes.

Striker Matt McClure added a second in the 34th minute when he followed up a Dean Morgan shot that had rattled the post. McClure was sent off after receiving two yellow cards in the space of five minutes early in the second half and the ten-men were forced to defend well for the final half hour to hold on to all three points.

Manager Gareth Ainsworth once again named an unchanged starting line-up in the home defeat to Bury last weekend. He made one change on the bench with influential striker Dean Morgan returning from a thigh problem. He replaced midfielder Matt Spring who was ruled out with a neck injury.

There was no place in the squad for defender Leon Johnson, who is fit again after a hip injury, or striker Steven Craig, who has recovered from a viral infection. They were all involved in a 1-0 win over a Queens Park Rangers "Elite Development Squad" side in a midweek friendly, with winger Lee Angol scoring the winner after returning from his loan spell at Maidenhead United.

Danish midfielder Sebastian Cann-Svärd made his first appearance since signing a one month deal last week. Midfielder Matt Bloomfield will serve the first of a three match ban otherwise Ainsworth has a fully-fit squad to choose from for this weekend`s clash with Stanley.

The Chairboys may line-up something like this (4-1-3-2):

Matt Ingram

Nick Arnold - Anthony Stewart - Kortney Hause - Charles Dunne

Josh Scowen

Billy Knott - Stuart Lewis - Sam Wood

Jo Kuffour - Paris Cowan-Hall

Subs: Charlie Horlock, Marvin McCoy, Gary Doherty, Max Kretzschmar, Dean Morgan, Jon-Paul Pittman, Matt McClure

Accrington Stanley have endured a tough start to the season. They went a dozen games without victory in League Two before beating Bristol Rovers 2-1 at the Crown Ground last week. Then just like buses, as soon as one win comes along, a second follows immediately! They left it late too, as midfielder Peter Murphy's injury-time winner sealed a 2-1 victory over Morecambe at the Globe Arena.

The back-to-back victories don't take Stanley off the bottom of the League Two table but they are now level on goal difference with Northampton Town and will be looking to climb out of the relegation zone with a third successive win this weekend.

Rookie boss James Beattie unsurprisingly named an unchanged starting line-up following the win over the Pirates. He also named the same seven players on the bench with striker George Bowerman coming on to make his debut as a second half substitute. Striker Kayode Odejayi is available again after serving a three match ban.

Loan midfielder James Caton remains doubtful with a knee injury. Defender Laurence Wilson and left-back Michael Liddle continue their recovery from ankle ligament injuries but won't be back until next week. Defender Rob Atkinson is ruled out with a hamstring strain whilst midfielder Luke Clark is sidelined with a knee injury.

Accrington Stanley's starting eleven could be as follows (4-4-2):

Marcus Bettinelli

Nicky Hunt - Dean Winnard - Tom Aldred - Lee Naylor

Kai Naismith - Luke Joyce - Peter Murphy - Piero Mingoia

Danny Webber - Kayode Odejayi

Subs: Ian Dunbavin, Josh Windass, George Miller, Will Hatfield, George Bowerman, James Gray, Shay McCartan


Here are all the stats...


League position & comparison with last season

Wycombe (8 points better off)


After 13 league games this season Wycombe are 12th with 20 points

After 13 league games last season they were 22nd with 12 points


Accrington (10 points worse off)

After 14 games this season Stanley are 24th with 10 points

After 14 games last season they were 12th with 20 points


Wycombe Away Record....W 3 - D 1 - L 2 - Pts 10....Ppg 1.67 (Rank-7)

Stanley Home Record.......W 1 - D 2 - L 4 - Pts 5.....Ppg 0.71 (Rank-24)


Wycombe's last five games (All Competitions)

Lg2: Burton (H)...............Lost 1-2

JPT: Bristol City (H).........Won 2-1

Lg2: Torquay Utd (H).......Won 3-2

Lg2: Bristol Rovers (A)....Won 1-0

Lg2: Bury (H)..................Lost 1-2


Accrington's last five games (All Competitions)

Lg2: Dagenham (H).........Lost 1-2

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

Lg2: Oxford (H).............Drew 0-0

Lg2: Bristol Rovers (H)....Won 2-1

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


Wycombe Goal Stats (16 games in all Competitions)

Goals Scored (Total)..........Lg: 19...Cups: 5...Total: 24

Goals Conceded (Total)......Lg: 16...Cups: 3...Total: 19

Goals Scored (Away).........Lg: 10...Cups: 2...Total: 12

Goals Conceded (Away).....Lg: 7.....Cups: 0...Total: 7

Clean Sheets.....................Lg: 3.....Cups: 1...Total: 4

Failed to Score...................Lg: 2.....Cups: 0...Total: 2


Accrington Goal Stats (17 games in all Competitions)

Goals Scored (Total)..........Lg: 11...Cups: 2...Total: 13

Goals Conceded (Total)......Lg: 21...Cups: 4...Total: 25

Goals Scored (Home).........Lg: 6.....Cups: 0...Total: 6

Goals Conceded (Home).....Lg: 9.....Cups: 2...Total: 11

Clean Sheets.....................Lg: 2.....Cups: 0...Total: 2

Failed to Score...................Lg: 6.....Cups: 2...Total: 8


Wycombe Goal Scorers - (All Competitions)

Dean Morgan............5

Paris Cowan-Hall.......3

Max Kretzschmar......3

Jo Kuffour.................3

Matt McClure.............3

Billy Knott.................2

Anthony Stewart........2

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

Steven Craig.............1

Sam Wood................1


Accrington's top Goal Scorers - (All Competitions)

James Gray..............3

Peter Murphy............3

Kayode Odejayi........2

Danny Webber..........2

Three other players have each scored 1 goal


Wycombe Shooting (Top-3) - (All Competitions)

Dean Morgan........8 on-target.....9 off-target...1 against woodwork

Billy Knott.............5 on-target...12 off-target...0 against woodwork

Max Kretzschmar...5 on-target.....7 off-target...0 against woodwork


Accrington Shooting (Top-3) - (All Competitions)

Kai Naismith.........6 on-target...15 off-target...0 against woodwork

Peter Murphy........5 on-target.....9 off-target...1 against woodwork

Mike Richardson....1 on-target...13 off-target...1 against woodwork


Shooting (Club) - (League only)

Wycombe.....45 on target...62 off target...2 against w'work (Rank-24)

Accrington....35 on target...75 off target...3 against w'work (Rank-22)


Discipline - (All Competitions)

Wycombe........4 Red Cards - 34 Yellow Cards

Accrington.......2 Red Cards - 20 Yellow Cards


League Form Guide

All Season


Wycombe....Pld: 13...W: 6...D: 2...L: 5...Pts: 20...Pts per game: 1.54

Accrington...Pld: 14...W: 2...D: 4...L: 8...Pts: 10...Pts per game: 0.71


Last Five league Games

Wycombe.......LLWWL - 6 points (Rank-16)

Accrington.....LDDWW - 8 points (Rank-10)


Last Five League Games (Away)

Wycombe....DWWLW - 10 points (Rank-4)


Last Five League Games (Home)

Accrington......LLLDW - 4 points (Rank-23)


Against Top Half Opposition

Wycombe.....Pld: 5...Pts: 4...Pts per game: 0.80...(Rank-18)

Accrington....Pld: 7...Pts: 4...Pts per game: 0.57...(Rank-22)


Against Bottom Half Opposition

Wycombe.....Pld: 8...Pts: 16...Pts per game: 2.00...(Rank-9)

Accrington....Pld: 7...Pts: 6.....Pts per game: 0.86...(Rank-22)


First Half v Second Half - Performance Comparison

First-Half


Wycombe......W: 4...D: 5...L: 4...Gf:7...Ga:8...Ppg: 1.31 (Rank-13)

Accrington.....W: 3...D: 7...L: 4...Gf:5...Ga:9...Ppg: 1.14 (Rank-18)


Second-Half

Wycombe......W: 5...D: 5...L: 3...Gf:12..Ga:8.....Ppg: 1.54 (Rank-9)

Accrington.....W: 1...D: 6...L: 7...Gf:6....Ga:12...Ppg: 0.64 (Rank-24)


Previous Meetings

In 10 previous meetings there have been 4 wins for Wycombe, 4 for Accrington and 2 draws.

At the Crown Ground the tally is 3 wins for the Chairboys, 1 for Stanley and 1 draw.

2006/07 LG2: Accrington 2 Wycombe 1

2006/07 LG2: Wycombe 1 Accrington 1

2007/08 LG2: Wycombe 0 Accrington 1

2007/08 LG2: Accrington 0 Wycombe 2

2008/09 LG2: Accrington 0 Wycombe 1

2008/09 LG2: Wycombe 2 Accrington 1

2010/11 LG2: Accrington 1 Wycombe 1

2010/11 LG2: Wycombe 1 Accrington 2

2012/13 LG2: Accrington 0 Wycombe 2

2012/13 LG2: Wycombe 0 Accrington 1


The Man In The Middle

Saturday's referee is Christopher Sarginson from Staffordshire who was promoted to the National List of Referees in 2008. In April he took charge of Wycombe's 1-0 defeat to Barnet in the last ever league match to be played at Underhill. So far this season he's issued 0 red and 31 yellow cards in 9 games.


Prediction

Accrington 1 Wycombe 1




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Date:Thursday October 31 2013

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