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Preview: Exeter City v Wycombe Wanderers

Preview: Exeter City v Wycombe Wanderers



Wycombe Wanderers travel to Exeter City on Tuesday for their 32nd league game of the season.

The Chairboys ended over four months of frustration on Saturday when they won at Adams Park for the first time since October 12th.

And what better way to do it than by beating league-leaders Chesterfield, with Max Kretzschmar`s first-half penalty deservedly inflicting defeat on the Spireites for only the 6th time this season.

If confidence was low following a soul-sapping run of one win in eighteen league games, matching the table-toppers in every department, keeping a clean sheet against the division`s top scorers, and most importantly, banking all three points, will surely have restored belief.

Results elsewhere kept Wycombe in 22nd place despite their victory, but they now have a cushion of five points between themselves and the two sides currently occupying the relegation zone.

Next up are the Grecians, and if you thought Wycombe`s home form was bad, spare a thought for the Exeter fans who haven`t seen their side win at St James Park since October 5th.

Paul Tisdale`s side started like a house on fire, winning four of their first five home games, but have failed to win any of the last ten.

The Blues have already won there this season, recording a 2-0 victory in the Johnstone`s Paint Trophy in September courtesy of goals from Matt McClure and Anthony Stewart.

Following Saturday`s victory over the Spireites, Wycombe manager Gareth Ainsworth acknowledged that it would be of little use if his side immediately embarked on another barren run, and he`ll be looking for back-to-back wins and more misery for the Grecians.

Fifteen games remain for Wycombe, six at Adams Park and nine on their travels.

So far this season, the Blues have done well away from home, a trait that will need to continue as they attempt to distance themselves further from the danger zone.

Looking at the stats, both sides fare better against teams in the top half of the table and struggle against their peers. Exeter are ranked 20th for their results against sides currently in the bottom half, while Wycombe have the worst record of the lot and are ranked 24th.

It`s also worth noting that the Chairboys have the 7th best record in the division for their first-half performances, while the Grecians come into their own after the break with a ranking of 9th.

COYB

Here are all the stats...


League positions & comparison with last season

Wycombe (8 points worse off)

After 31 games this season the Chairboys are 22nd with 34 points

After 31 games last season they were 13th with 42 points


Exeter (13 points worse off)

After 32 games this season the Grecians are 14th with 39 points

After 32 games last season they were 3rd with 52 points


Wycombe Away Record...W 4 - D 5 - L 5 - Pts 17...Ppg 1.21 (Rank-12)

Exeter Home Record........W 4 - D 4 - L 7 - Pts 16...Ppg 1.07 (Rank-21)


Wycombe's last five games (All Competitions)

Lg2: Portsmouth (H).........Lost 0-1

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

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

Lg2: Fleetwood (H)..........Drew 1-1

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


Exeter's last five games (All Competitions)

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

Lg2: Portsmouth (H)........Drew 1-1

Lg2: Southend (A)............Won 3-2

Lg2: Morecambe (H)........Drew 1-1

Lg2: Rochdale (H).............Lost 0-1


Wycombe Goal Stats (38 games in all Competitions)

Goals Scored (Total)..........Lg: 34...Cups: 9...Total: 43

Goals Conceded (Total)......Lg: 39...Cups: 7...Total: 46

Goals Scored (Away).........Lg: 20...Cups: 5...Total: 25

Goals Conceded (Away).....Lg: 19...Cups: 2...Total: 21

Clean Sheets.....................Lg: 5.....Cups: 2...Total: 7

Failed to Score...................Lg: 10...Cups: 1...Total: 11


Exeter Goal Stats (35 games in all Competitions)

Goals Scored (Total)..........Lg: 38...Cups: 0...Total: 38

Goals Conceded (Total)......Lg: 42...Cups: 6...Total: 48

Goals Scored (Home).........Lg: 13...Cups: 0...Total: 13

Goals Conceded (Home).....Lg: 19...Cups: 4...Total: 23

Clean Sheets.....................Lg: 5.....Cups: 0...Total: 5

Failed to Score...................Lg: 12...Cups: 3...Total: 15


Wycombe Goal Scorers - (All Competitions)

Matt McClure.............Lg: 4 - Cups: 2 - Total: 6

Dean Morgan............Lg: 6 - Cups: 0 - Total: 6

Paris Cowan-Hall.......Lg: 4 - Cups: 1 - Total: 5

Max Kretzschmar.......Lg: 4 - Cups: 0 - Total: 4

Jo Kuffour.................Lg: 3 - Cups: 1 - Total: 4

Anthony Stewart........Lg: 3 - Cups: 1 - Total: 4

Steven Craig.............Lg: 2 - Cups: 1 - Total: 3

Stuart Lewis..............Lg: 3 - Cups: 0 - Total: 3

Billy Knott.................Lg: 1 - Cups: 1 - Total: 2

Matt Bloomfield.........Lg: 0 - Cups: 1 - Total: 1

Gary Doherty............Lg: 0 - Cups: 1 - Total: 1

Kortney Hause..........Lg: 1 - Cups: 0 - Total: 1

Leon Johnson............Lg: 1 - Cups: 0 - Total: 1

Josh Scowen.............Lg: 1 - Cups: 0 - Total: 1

Sam Wood................Lg: 1 - Cups: 0 - Total: 1


Exeter's top Goal Scorers - (All Competitions)

Alan Gow..................7

Tom Nichols..............5

Scot Bennett.............4

John O'Flynn.............4

Liam Sercombe.........4

Own Goals................3

Sam Parkin...............3

Danny Coles.............2

Arron Davies.............2

David Wheeler...........2

Two other players have each scored 1 goal


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

Dean Morgan.......12 on-target...21 off-target...1 against woodwork

Matt McClure........11 on-target...19 off-target...0 against woodwork

Stuart Lewis.........11 on-target...17 off-target...0 against woodwork


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

Alan Gow.............18 on-target...37 off-target...1 against woodwork

Liam Sercombe.....24 on-target...27 off-target...0 against woodwork

Arron Davies........13 on-target...22 off-target...2 against woodwork


Shooting (Club) - (League only)

Wycombe.....115 on target...137 off target...3 against w'work (Rank-23)

Exeter..........127 on target...204 off target...5 against w'work (Rank-5)


Discipline - (All Competitions)

Wycombe......8 Red Cards - 75 Yellow Cards (1 red card rescinded)

Exeter...........0 Red Cards - 32 Yellow Cards


League Form Guide

All Season

Wycombe.....Pld: 31...W: 8...D: 10...L: 13...Pts: 34...Pts per game: 1.10

Exeter..........Pld: 32...W: 10...D: 9...L: 13...Pts: 39...Pts per game: 1.22


Last Five league Games

Wycombe.........LLDDW - 5 points (Rank-18)

Exeter.............DDWDL - 6 points (Rank-14)


Last Five League Games (Away)

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


Last Five League Games (Home)

Exeter..............LDDDL - 3 points (Rank-21)


Against Top Half Opposition

Wycombe.......Pld: 14...Pts: 16...Pts per game: 1.14...(Rank-10)

Exeter............Pld: 16...Pts: 19...Pts per game: 1.19...(Rank-9)


Against Bottom Half Opposition

Wycombe.......Pld: 17...Pts: 18...Pts per game: 1.06...(Rank-24)

Exeter............Pld: 16...Pts: 20...Pts per game: 1.25...(Rank-20)


First Half v Second Half - Performance Comparison

First-Half

Wycombe....W: 11...D: 12...L: 8....Gf:15...Ga:13...Ppg: 1.45 (Rank-7)

Exeter.........W: 5....D: 15...L: 12...Gf:14...Ga:20...Ppg: 0.94 (Rank-22)


Second-Half

Wycombe....W: 6.....D: 12...L: 13...Gf:19...Ga:26...Ppg: 0.97 (Rank-22)

Exeter.........W: 11...D: 11...L: 10...Gf:24...Ga:22...Ppg: 1.38 (Rank-9)


Previous Meetings

In 11 previous meetings there have been 4 wins for Wycombe, 3 for Exeter and 4 draws.

At St James Park the tally is 2 wins for the Blues, 2 for the Grecians 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

2011/12 Lg1: Exeter 1 Wycombe 3

2012/13 Lg2: Exeter 3 Wycombe 2

2012/13 Lg2: Wycombe 0 Exeter 1

2013/14 JPT: Exeter 0 Wycombe 2

2013/14 Lg2: Wycombe 1 Exeter 1


The Man In The Middle

Saturday's referee is Michael Bull from Essex who is enjoying his first full season as a Football League referee. Last season he took charge of just one Football League match, which happened to be Wycombe's 4-0 win over York City.

Earlier this season he took charge of Wycombe v York again, the result this time a 1-1 draw. During the current campaign he's issued 1 red and 51 yellow cards in 16 games.


Prediction

Exeter 1 Wycombe 1

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Writer:Len
Date:Monday February 24 2014
Time: 2:14AM

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