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Preview: Wycombe Wanderers v Coventry City


Wycombe Wanderers entertain Coventry City on Tuesday in the first round of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

The Chairboys are currently 5th in League Two with 10 points and the Sky Blues 15th in League One with 6 points, both sides having played 5 league games.

August was a better than expected month for Wycombe, who ran Millwall close in the League Cup and averaged two points a game in the league despite some tricky fixtures.

Gareth Ainsworth's side have now played three of the four clubs relegated from League One last season, and also faced difficult trips to York and Newport who boasted the 5th and 8th best home-records at the end of the last campaign.

Saturday's goalless draw at York wasn`t pretty, but given the Minstermen`s 22 game unbeaten run in the League, it was a point most Wycombe fans would have gladly taken before the match.

Rather like Stevenage the week before, York are direct and physical, so having catered for that with the introduction of Steven Craig and Daniel Rowe at Broadhall Way, Ainsworth elected to stick with the same team at Bootham Crescent.

Missing out again were Matt McClure and Max Kretzschmar who both started the first four games of the season and will be hoping for a early recall on Tuesday.

Substitute Aaron Holloway also impressed at York, and with his fitness levels increasing by the week, it surely can`t be long until he's given a run-out from the start.

Several other squad members are itching for an opportunity, but the rules state Ainsworth will have to pick at least six of the players who started on Saturday, or six of the eleven players who have made the most appearances so far this season.

Wycombe`s home form has been a source of great disappointment for several years. So far this season, the Blues have played only twice at Adams Park, winning one and losing the other. Now they face three consecutive games on their own turf, which gives them an early opportunity to lay the foundations of a fortress.

Here`s Dale Jenkins with a look at the Sky Blues…

Coventry City football club recently announced an agreement between the club`s owners, hedge fund Sisu, and the Arena Coventry Limited which will see the Sky Blues return to the Ricoh Arena in time for their next home fixture against Gillingham on 5th September.

The agreement is a two-year deal with an option for a further two years and represents welcome news for the City fans. Sisu`s serious mismanagement of the club had seen £40m losses since 2008 and the unpopular decision to move the club`s home temporarily outside of Coventry to Northampton`s Sixfields Stadium.

The decision was met with fierce opposition and attendances dwindled dramatically. The recent news has seen City sell their initial batch of 15,000 tickets for the first game back at the Ricoh in what is sure to be an emotionally charged occasion.

Before that Coventry visit Adams Park on Tuesday in the first round of the Johnstone`s Paint Trophy. The Sky Blues have had an indifferent start to their League campaign with six points from their opening five games leaving them in 15th position. A 3-2 opening day defeat at Valley Parade against Bradford City was followed by a first round League Cup exit to Cardiff City, who ran out 2-1 winners at Sixfields.

An own goal gave Coventry a 1-0 win over Sheffield United before three successive draws against Barnsley, the Franchise and Swindon Town. .

Canadian striker Simeon Jackson recently signed a one-year contract with defenders Dan Seaborne and Stuart Urquhart also released from the club. McQuoid has signed a six month loan deal, joining from Bournemouth, while fellow forward Marcus Tudgay has also signed a one-year deal.

Other summer signings have included midfielder Danny Swanson (Peterborough), centre back Reda Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday), winger Jim O`Brien (Barnsley) and highly rated young goalkeeper Reice Charles-Cooke (Bury).

Notable exits have included Mark Marshall (Port Vale), Joe Murphy (Huddersfield Town), Franck Moussa (Charlton Athletic) and last season`s top scorer Callum Wilson who joined Bournemouth for an undisclosed fee.


Here are some stats…


Coventry's Cup record last season

Lg Cup Round One.....Leyton Orient (A) - Lost 2-3

JPT Round One.......................................Bye

JPT Round Two..........Leyton Orient (A) - Drew 0-0 (lost on pens)

FA Cup Round One.........Wimbledon (A) - Won 3-1

FA Cup Round Two..........Hartlepool (A) - Drew 1-1

FA Cup Round Two (R).....Hartlepool (H) - Won 2-1

FA Cup Round Three..........Barnsley (A) - Won 2-1

FA Cup Round Four..............Arsenal (A) - Lost 0-4


Coventry's Cup record this season

Lg Cup Round One..........Cardiff City (H) - Lost 1-2


Wycombe's Cup record last season

Lg Cup Round One.....Leicester City (H) - Lost 1-2

JPT Round One..............Exeter City (A) - Won 2-0

JPT Round Two ..............Bristol City (H) - Won 2-1

JPT Round Three........Swindon Town (A) - Lost 1-2

FA Cup Round One........Crewe Alex (H) - Drew 1-1

FA Cup Round One (R)....Crewe Alex (A) - Won 2-0

FA Cup Round Two..........Preston N E (H) - Lost 0-1


Wycombe's Cup record this season

Lg Cup Round One.................Millwall (A) - Lost 0-1


Coventry's League season so far

Lg2: Bradford (A)..........Lost 2-3

Lg2: Sheffield Utd (H)....Won 1-0

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

Lg2: Franchise (A)........Drew 0-0

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


Wycombe's League season so far

Lg2: Newport (A)..........Won 2-0

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

Lg2: Tranmere (H)........Lost 0-2

Lg2: Stevenage (A).......Won 3-1

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


Coventry City Goal Scorers - (All Competitions)

Johnson.................2

McQuoid.................2

Clarke….................1

Miller.....................1

Own Goal...............1


Wycombe Goal Scorers - (All Competitions)

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

Paul Hayes...............2 (inc 1 pen)

Paris Cowan-Hall.......1

Matt McClure............1

Aaron Pierre.............1


Wycombe Assists

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

Paris Cowan-Hall.........2

Max Kretzschmar........1

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


Discipline - (All Competitions)

Coventry.........0 Red Cards - 7 Yellow Cards

Wycombe........0 Red Cards - 7 Yellow Cards


Previous Meetings

1993/94: League Cup: Coventry 3 Wycombe 0

1993/94: League Cup: Wycombe 4 Coventry 2


The Man In The Middle

Tuesday's referee is Mick Russell from Hertfordshire who was promoted to the National list of Referees in 2004. Last season he took charge of Wycombe's 2-1 defeat at home to Cheltenham and their 1-0 loss at Burton. This is his first game of the current season. During the last campaign he issued 3 red and 73 yellow cards in 28 games.


Prediction

Wycombe 1 Coventry 2




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Date:Monday September 1 2014

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