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Preview: Wycombe Wanderers v Plymouth Argyle

Preview: Wycombe Wanderers v Plymouth Argyle


Wycombe Wanderers entertain Plymouth Argyle on Tuesday in their 37th league game of the season.

The Chairboys scraped a point at home to Blackpool on Saturday thanks to keeper Jamal Blackman who saved a penalty four minutes from time.

The goalless draw stretched Wycombe's unbeaten run to three games, but having collected only 5 points from the last possible 24, Wanderers' firm grip on a play-off place has been loosened to a faint hope.

They may only be three points (and a vastly inferior goal-difference) behind Exeter in 7th, but on current form the Blues don't look likely to out-perform the four teams they need to surpass in order to claim the final play-off spot.

Saturday's performance was a one-dimensional, long-ball bombardment that was lethargic at times and lacked even a smidgeon of finesse.

A few more like that, and the play-off challenge will soon be a distant memory.

If ever there was a time to re-discover some form, it's when there's an opportunity to upset Derek Adams and his high-flying Pilgrims.

It won't be easy - Plymouth boast the best away record in the division and the best record against teams in the top half of the table, but upsetting the odds on Tuesday could be the spark the Chairboys need to re-ignite their season.

Gareth Ainsworth made three changes to his starting line-up last time out with defender Aaron Pierre making a welcome return to the side after three weeks out with an ankle injury.

Midfielder Luke O'Nien and winger Paris Cowan-Hall were also handed recalls with defender Will de Havilland and winger Garry Thompson both dropping to the bench and Matt Bloomfield missing out through injury.

The previously injured Dominic Gape and Sam Saunders both returned to the bench and we even had some injury news on Anthony Stewart who is almost certainly out for the season.

There's still no news on strikers Scott Kashket and Paul Hayes.

Plymouth Argyle claimed all three points with a 2-0 win over play-off chasers Mansfield Town at Field Mill on Saturday.

It was a positive response from the Pilgrims who went into the game on the back of a surprise 3-0 defeat at home to Blackpool in midweek.

Derek Adams' side have won only two of their last seven league matches, drawing two and losing the other three.

After Saturday's victory they remain in second place in the League Two table, four points behind leaders Doncaster Rovers and ten points clear of fourth placed Stevenage.

Adams made two changes to his starting line-up last time out with defender Jakub Sokolik returning after a groin strain and striker Jordan Slew also being handed a recall.

Striker Jake Jervis dropped to the bench and influential loan winger Matthew Kennedy missed out through injury.

Full-back Gary Miller made his first appearance in two months as a late substitute after recovering from an ankle ligament injury.

Striker Ryan Taylor was substituted at half-time on Saturday with a knee injury and is rated doubtful for Tuesday night.

Adams will check upon the fitness of midfielders Antoni Sarcevic (ankle) and Kennedy (knock).

Midfielder Connor Smith (ankle ligaments) is back in training but won't be available for another at least another week whilst loan striker Paul-Arnola Garita (hamstring) remains sidelined.

Midfielder David Ijaha is still recovering from pelvic surgery whilst striker Ryan Brunt continues his rehabilitation following a year out with an anterior cruciate knee ligament (ACL) injury.


Here are some stats...


Plymouth Away Record.......W 11...D 2...L 4 - Pts 35 - Ppg 2.06 (Rank-1)

Wycombe Home Record......W 9.....D 4 - L 4 - Pts 31 - Ppg 1.82 (Rank-3)


League positions & comparison with last season

Plymouth (3 points better off)

After 36 games this season the Pilgrims are 2nd with 68 points

After 36 games last season they were 3rd with 65 points


Wycombe (5 points worse off)

After 36 games this season the Chairboys are 11th with 51 points

After 36 games last season they were 7th with 56 points


Plymouth's last five games (All Competitions)

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

Lg2: Notts County (H).........Lost 0-1

Lg2: Carlisle (H)..................Won 2-0

Lg2: Blackpool (H)..............Lost 0-3

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


Wycombe's last five games (All Competitions)

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

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

Lg2: Accrington (A).............Drew 2-2

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

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


Plymouth Goal Scorers - (All Competitions)

Carey..............................12 (inc 3 pens)

Jervis...............................10 (inc 4 pens)

Bradley............................6

Slew.................................6

Tanner.............................6

Bulvitis.............................3

Kennedy...........................3

Donaldson.......................2

Garita...............................2

Sarcevic............................2

Smith................................2

Songo`o...........................2

Spencer............................2

Threlkeld..........................2

Fox....................................1

Goodwillie........................1

Sokolik..............................1

Taylor................................1


Wycombe Goal Scorers - (All Competitions)

Adebayo Akinfenwa.......16 (inc 1 pen)

Scott Kashket..................15

Paul Hayes......................7 (inc 2 pens)

Garry Thompson............5

Matt Bloomfield.............4

Paris Cowan-Hall...........4

Anthony Stewart............3

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

Aaron Pierre...................2

Sido Jombati...................2

Nick Freeman.................1

Dominic Gape................1

Joe Jacobson..................1 (inc 1 pen)

Alex Jakubiak.................1

Stephen McGinn............1

Luke O`Nien..................1

Danny Rowe...................1

Dayle Southwell.............1

Myles Weston.................1

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


Wycombe Assists

Joe Jacobson...................12

Adebayo Akinfenwa.......6

Paul Hayes......................5

Paris Cowan-Hall............4

Luke O`Nien...................4

Stephen McGinn.............3

Anthony Stewart.............3

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

Nick Freeman.................2

Dominic Gape.................2

Michael Harriman...........2

Scott Kashket..................2

Max Muller......................2

Aaron Pierre....................2

Sam Saunders.................2

Garry Thompson............2

Gareth Ainsworth...........1

Marcus Bean...................1

Sido Jombati....................1

Myles Weston..................1


Plymouth Goal Stats (45 games in all Competitions)

Goals Scored (Total)...........Lg: 56...Cups: 8...Total: 64

Goals Conceded (Total)......Lg: 39...Cups: 9...Total: 48

Goals Scored (Away)..........Lg: 24...Cups: 4...Total: 28

Goals Conceded (Away).....Lg: 13...Cups: 7...Total: 20

Clean Sheets........................Lg: 12...Cups: 3...Total: 15

Failed to Score.....................Lg: 7.....Cups: 5...Total: 12


Wycombe Goal Stats (48 games in all Competitions)

Goals Scored (Total)...........Lg: 44...Cups: 27...Total: 71

Goals Conceded (Total)......Lg: 45...Cups: 16...Total: 61

Goals Scored (Home)..........Lg: 22...Cups: 7.....Total: 29

Goals Conceded (Home).....Lg: 14...Cups: 6.....Total: 20

Clean Sheets........................Lg: 11...Cups: 3.....Total: 14

Failed to Score.....................Lg: 9.....Cups: 1.....Total: 10


Wycombe - miscellaneous stats

Shots on-target (for).............Lg: 145...Cups: 69.....Total: 214

Shots on-target (against)......Lg: 148...Cups: 55.....Total: 203

Shots off-target (for).............Lg: 278...Cups: 115...Total: 393

Shots off-target (against)......Lg: 219...Cups: 95.....Total: 314

Corners (for)...........................Lg: 181...Cups: 46.....Total: 227

Corners (against)....................Lg: 182...Cups: 82.....Total: 264

Ave possession (for)...............Lg: 51.28%...Cups: 49.5%

Ave possession (against)........Lg: 48.72%...Cups: 50.5%


Discipline - (Valid Competitions* + EFL trophy cards)

Plymouth......2 Red Cards.....70 Yellow Cards (inc 1 red & 2 EFL Trophy yellows)

Wycombe.....3 Red Cards...100 Yellow Cards (inc 12 EFL Trophy yellows)

Adebayo Akinfenwa.......1 red + 2 yellows

Joe Jacobson...................1 red + 9 yellows

Myles Weston.................1 red

Luke O'Nien....................8 yellows (inc 1 EFL Trophy yellow)

Aaron Pierre....................8 yellows (inc 2 EFL Trophy yellows)

Anthony Stewart............8 yellows (inc 1 EFL Trophy yellow)

Will De Havilland............7 yellows (inc 3 EFL Trophy yellows)

Dominic Gape.................7 yellows

Paris Cowan-Hall............6 yellows

Sido Jombati...................6 yellows (inc 1 EFL Trophy yellow)

Marcus Bean...................4 yellow

Matt Bloomfield.............4 yellows (inc 1 EFL Trophy yellow)

Garry Thompson...........4 yellows

Michael Harriman..........3 yellows

Scott Kashket..................3 yellows

Stephen McGinn............3 yellows

Danny Rowe....................3 yellows (inc 1 EFL Trophy yellow)

Sam Saunders.................3 yellows (inc 1 EFL Trophy yellow)

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

Jamal Blackman..............2 yellows

Paul Hayes......................2 yellows

Scott Brown....................1 yellow

Nick Freeman..................1 yellow (inc 1 EFL Trophy yellow)

Max Muller......................1 yellow

Barry Richardson............1 yellow

Dayle Southwell..............1 yellow

* EFL Trophy cards do not count towards league suspensions.

Stats taken from FA website.


League Form Guide

All Season

Plymouth......Pld: 36...W: 21...D: 5...L: 10...Pts: 68...Pts per game: 1.89

Wycombe......Pld: 36...W: 14...D: 9...L: 13...Pts: 51...Pts per game: 1.42


Last Five league Games

Plymouth..........DLWLW - 7 points (Rank-12)

Wycombe..........LLDWD - 5 points (Rank-14)


Last Five League Games (Away)

Plymouth..........LWDDW - 8 points (Rank-6)


Last Five League Games (Home)

Wycombe...........DWLLD - 5 points (Rank-19)


Against Top-Half Opposition

Plymouth..........Pld: 18...Pts: 39...Pts per game: 2.17 (Rank-1)

Wycombe.........Pld: 18...Pts: 18...Pts per game: 1.00 (Rank-16)


Against Bottom-Half Opposition

Plymouth..........Pld: 18...Pts: 29...Pts per game: 1.61 (Rank-10)

Wycombe.........Pld: 18...Pts: 33...Pts per game: 1.83 (Rank-5)


First 45 mins v Second 45 mins - Performance Comparison

First 45 mins

Wycombe.......W: 8.....D: 17...L: 11...Gf:18...Ga:20...Ppg: 1.14

Second 45 mins

Wycombe.......W: 14...D: 11...L: 11...Gf:26...Ga:25...Ppg: 1.47


Plymouth's record last season

Home.....W:12...D:3...L:8.....GF:39 - GA:26 - Pts:39

Away......W:12...D:6...L:5.....GF:33 - GA:20 - Pts:42

Total.......W:24...D:9...L:13...GF:72 - GA:46 - Pts:81

Final position: 5th in League Two


Wycombe's record last season

Home...W:9.....D:6....L:8.....GF:25 - GA:24 - Pts:33

Away....W:8.....D:7....L:8.....GF:20 - GA:20 - Pts:31

Total....W:17...D:13...L:16 - GF:45 - GA:44 - Pts:64

Final position: 13th in League Two


Previous Meetings

In 25 previous meetings there have been 9 wins for Plymouth, 9 for Wycombe and 7 draws.

At Adams Park the tally is 4 wins for the Pilgrims, 4 for the Chairboys and 3 draws.

1994/95 Lg1: Wycombe 1 Plymouth 2

1996/97 Lg1: Wycombe 2 Plymouth 1

1997/98 Lg1: Wycombe 5 Plymouth 1

1998/99 FAC: Wycombe 1 Plymouth 1

2002/03 Lg1: Wycombe 2 Plymouth 1

2003/04 Lg1: Wycombe 0 Plymouth 0

2012/13 Lg2: Wycombe 1 Plymouth 1

2013/14 Lg2: Wycombe 0 Plymouth 1

2014/15 Lg2: Wycombe 0 Plymouth 2

2014/15 Poff: Wycombe 2 Plymouth 1

2015/16 Lg2: Wycombe 1 Plymouth 2


The Man In The Middle

Tuesday's referee is Charles Breakspear from Surrey who was promoted to the National List of Referees in 2013.

Earlier this season he took charge of Wycombe`s 4-2 defeat at home to Coventry City.

During the current campaign he`s issued 6 red and 131 yellow cards in 32 appearances.


Prediction

Wycombe 0 Plymouth 2



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Writer:Len & Benny
Date:Monday March 13 2017
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