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Preview: Southend United v Wycombe Wanderers


Wycombe Wanderers travel to Southend United on Saturday for their 33rd league game of the season.

The grim record of one win in eighteen league games has been confined to the history books as Blues' fans bask in a four-match unbeaten run with back-to-back victories in the past week thanks to goals from midfielder Max Kretzschmar.

Only Dean Morgan has scored more league goals than young Kretzschmar, who now has five, including the winning goals against Hartlepool, Bristol Rovers, Chesterfield and most recently Exeter.

His winner against the Grecians was a delicious 30 yard curler that was a beacon of light in a hard slog on a heavy pitch.

Coming hot on the heels of his penalty against Chesterfield, Max's second winner in four days earned the Blues their eighth point in four games, which is just as well, as a fascinating battle begins to take shape in the nether regions of the table.

Second-bottom Northampton have also recorded back-to-back wins as they begin to find some form under new manager Chris Wilder. Above them, only three points separate York City in 12th and Accrington Stanley in 22nd place.

It's anyone's game in league two this season, and there's no way Wycombe can afford to slip into another dismal run of results.

Three clean sheets in the last four games is a huge positive. It's doubled our tally for the season, and if the other lot don't score they can't beat you.

It's particularly helpful if you don't score many yourself, and with only three goals in the last six games, that's a major concern for the Chairboys.

The last time a Wycombe striker scored was 12 games ago when Dean Morgan bagged one at Northampton in December, unless you count Paris Cowan-Hall as a frontman, in which case it's 9 games ago against Morecambe.

Next up are Southend who currently occupy the final play-off spot.

But don't let that worry you. The Shrimpers are 24th in the form guide with only two points from their last five games, and they haven't won any of their last eight in all competitions.

And although they boast the division's best record against top-half opposition, the Shrimpers have fared even worse than Wycombe in games against teams in the bottom half of the table.

COYB


Here are all the stats...


League positions & comparison with last season

Wycombe (5 points worse off)

After 32 games this season the Chairboys are 21st with 37 points

After 32 games last season they were 14th with 42 points


Southend (1 point worse off)

After 33 games this season the Shrimpers are 7th with 49 points

After 33 games last season they were 8th with 50 points


Wycombe Away Record...W 5 - D 5 - L 5 - Pts 20...Ppg 1.33 (Rank-10)

Southend Home Record...W 7 - D 5 - L 4 - Pts 26...Ppg 1.63 (Rank-6)


Wycombe's last five games (All Competitions)

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

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

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

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

Lg2: Exeter (A)................Won 1-0


Southend's last five games (All Competitions)

Lg2: Mansfield (A..............Lost 1-2

Lg2: Exeter (H).................Lost 2-3

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

Lg2: York City (A)...........Drew 0-0

Lg2: Northampton (A)........Lost 1-2


Wycombe Goal Stats (39 games in all Competitions)

Goals Scored (Total)..........Lg: 35...Cups: 9...Total: 44

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

Goals Scored (Away).........Lg: 21...Cups: 5...Total: 26

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

Clean Sheets.....................Lg: 6.....Cups: 2...Total: 8

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


Southend Goal Stats (39 games in all Competitions)

Goals Scored (Total)..........Lg: 40...Cups: 12...Total: 52

Goals Conceded (Total)......Lg: 31...Cups: 10...Total: 41

Goals Scored (Home).........Lg: 22...Cups: 6…..Total: 28

Goals Conceded (Home).....Lg: 14...Cups: 9…..Total: 23

Clean Sheets.....................Lg: 12...Cups: 1…..Total: 13

Failed to Score...................Lg: 5.....Cups: 2.....Total: 7


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: 5 - Cups: 0 - Total: 5

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


Southend's top Goal Scorers - (All Competitions)

Kevan Hurst.............11

Barry Corr................7

Ryan Leonard............6

Freddy Eastwood.......5

​Anthony Straker........5

Cauley Woodrow.......4

Luke Prosser.............3

Will Atkinson.............2

Ben Coker................2

Mark Phillips.............2

Michael Timlin...........2

Own Goals................1

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


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

Barry Corr............29 on-target...33 off-target...2 against woodwork

Kevan Hurst….......23 on-target...30 off-target...0 against woodwork

Ryan Leonard........16 on-target...27 off-target...1 against woodwork


Shooting (Club) - (League only)

Wycombe.....118 on target...143 off target...3 against w'work (Rank-23)

Southend......131 on target...198 off target...7 against w'work (Rank-10)


Discipline - (All Competitions)

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

Southend.......7 Red Cards - 60 Yellow Cards


League Form Guide

All Season

Wycombe....Pld: 32...W: 9…..D: 10...L: 13...Pts: 37...Pts per game: 1.16

Southend....Pld: 33...W: 13...D: 10...L: 10...Pts: 49...Pts per game: 1.48


Last Five league Games

Wycombe........LDDWW - 8 points (Rank-11)

Southend...........LLDDL - 2 points (Rank-24)


Last Five League Games (Away)

Wycombe........WDDLW - 8 points (Rank-7)


Last Five League Games (Home)

Southend.........WWDLD - 8 points (Rank-7)


Against Top Half Opposition

Wycombe.......Pld: 15...Pts: 16...Pts per game: 1.07...(Rank-15)

Southend.......Pld: 16...Pts: 29...Pts per game: 1.81...(Rank-1)


Against Bottom Half Opposition

Wycombe.......Pld: 17...Pts: 21...Pts per game: 1.24...(Rank-18)

Southend.......Pld: 17...Pts: 20...Pts per game: 1.18...(Rank-19)


First Half v Second Half - Performance Comparison

First-Half

Wycombe......W: 12...D: 12...L: 8...Gf:16...Ga:13...Ppg: 1.50 (Rank-7)

Southend.......W: 13...D: 15...L: 5...Gf:23...Ga:12...Ppg: 1.64 (Rank-2)


Second-Half

Wycombe......W: 6….D: 13...L: 13...Gf:19...Ga:26...Ppg: 0.97 (Rank-23)

Southend......W: 10...D: 9...L: 14...Gf:17...Ga:19...Ppg: 1.18 (Rank-17)


Previous Meetings

In 12 previous meetings there have been 6 wins for Wycombe, 4 for Southend and 2 draws.

At Roots Hall the tally is 3 wins for the Chairboys, 2 wins for the Shrimpers and 1 draw.

1997/98 FLT: Southend 0 Wycombe 1

1997/98 Lg1: Southend 1 Wycombe 2

2004/05 Lg2: Southend 1 Wycombe 2

2009/10 Lg1: Southend 1 Wycombe 1

2010/11 Lg2: Southend 3 Wycombe 2

2012/13 Lg2: Southend 1 Wycombe 0


The Man In The Middle

Saturday's referee is Mark Heywood from Cheshire who was promoted to the National list of Referees in 2011. Earlier this season he took charge of Wycombe`s 2-1 win at Hartlepool. During the current campaign he's issued 2 red and 73 yellow cards in 22 games.


Prediction

Southend 1 Wycombe 1




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Date:Thursday February 27 2014

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