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Preview: Hartlepool United v Wycombe Wanderers

Preview: Hartlepool United v Wycombe Wanderers


Wycombe Wanderers travel to Hartlepool United on Saturday for their 38th league game of the season.

The Chairboys had to settle for a share of the spoils after letting slip a first-half lead to draw 1-1 with Plymouth Argyle at Adams Park on Tuesday.

A much improved first-half performance deserved more than the one goal scored by Myles Weston who converted an inch-perfect cross from Michael Harriman.

Pressing the Pilgrims high up the pitch and using both the long-ball and a passing game, Wanderers were easier on the eye than they have been for a while.

Sadly the second-half performance was a disappointment and deteriorated the longer the game went on. The visitors pounced on the weakness, and the Blues were ultimately grateful for the draw.

Gareth Ainsworth's side went into the game on the back of a goal-less draw at home to Blackpool and are now unbeaten in their last four league matches.

They have however won just one of their last nine league games and have banked a measly 6 points from the last possible 27.

After Tuesday's result they remain 11th in the League Two table but are now 5 points adrift of the play-off places, with the added handicap of a vastly inferior goal-difference.

Ainsworth made two changes to his starting line-up on Tuesday with midfielder Dominic Gape and winger Myles Weston both handed recalls to the side. Midfielder Sam Wood and winger Paris Cowan-Hall both dropped to the bench.

Defender Sido Jombati was recalled to the bench, replacing winger Garry Thompson, who missed out with a knock.

Midfielder Marcus Bean is the latest to pick up an injury and he will be assessed ahead of this weekend's clash with Pools, as will Thompson and midfielder Matt Bloomfield.

Anthony Stewart is likely to miss the rest of the season after suffering knee ligament damage.

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

Hartlepool United claimed all three points with a 1-0 win over play-off chasers Cambridge United at the Abbey Stadium on Tuesday.

Pools went into the game on the back of a 2-1 defeat at fellow strugglers Notts County, and have won three, lost two and drawn one of their last half-a-dozen league matches.

Tuesday`s victory saw them climb two places to 20th in the League Two table and they are now nine points ahead of Newport County and Leyton Orient who occupy the two relegation spots.

Manager Dave Jones made just one change to his starting line-up last time out with midfielder Brad Walker making a welcome return from an ankle knock. He replaced midfielder Lewis Hawkins who dropped to the bench.

Otherwise, Jones stuck to the same 18-man squad but may be forced into a change for this weekend's clash with the Chairboys after striker Rhys Oates was forced off with a thigh strain in midweek.

Defenders Matthew Bates and Sean Kavanagh (both hamstring) remain doubtful whilst defender Rob Jones is ruled-out with a knee injury.

The game comes too soon for defender Carl Magnay, following four months out with an anterior cruciate knee ligament (ACL) injury) whilst striker Billy Paynter has been ruled-out for the rest of the season following surgery on his Achilles.

First-choice goalkeeper Trevor Carson is still recovering from surgery on his shoulder and won't be fit until next season. Defender Jordan Richards has had his loan at Alfreton Town extended for the rest of the season.


Here are some stats...


Hartlepool Home Record.....W 6 - D 7 - L 5 - Pts 25 - Ppg 1.39 (Rank-13)

Wycombe Away Record........W 5 - D 5 - L 9 - Pts 20 - Ppg 1.05 (Rank-17)


League positions & comparison with last season

Hartlepool (1 point worse off)

After 37 games this season Pools are 20th with 41 points

After 37 games last season they were 17th with 42 points


Wycombe (5 points worse off)

After 37 games this season the Chairboys are 11th with 52 points

After 37 games last season they were 8th with 57 points


Hartlepool's last five games (All Competitions)

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

Lg2: Crewe (H)....................Won 4-0

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

Lg2: Notts County (A).........Lost 1-2

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


Wycombe's last five games (All Competitions)

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

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

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

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

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


Hartlepool Goal Scorers - (All Competitions)

Amond...............................13 (inc 1 pen)

Thomas..............................9

Alessandra.........................8

Paynter...............................4 (inc 2 pens)

Featherstone.....................3

Oates..................................3

Deverdics...........................2

Magnay..............................2

Woods................................2

Bates..................................1

Harrison.............................1

Laurent...............................1

Nsiala..................................1

Walker................................1

Own Goals.........................2


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

Myles Weston.................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

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


Wycombe Assists

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

Adebayo Akinfenwa.......6

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dominic Gape.................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


Hartlepool Goal Stats (43 games in all Competitions)

Goals Scored (Total)...........Lg: 48...Cups: 5.....Total: 53

Goals Conceded (Total)......Lg: 61...Cups: 10...Total: 71

Goals Scored (Home)..........Lg: 25...Cups: 4.....Total: 29

Goals Conceded (Home).....Lg: 22...Cups: 3.....Total: 25

Clean Sheets........................Lg: 8.....Cups: 1.....Total: 9

Failed to Score.....................Lg: 9.....Cups: 3.....Total: 12


Wycombe Goal Stats (49 games in all Competitions)

Goals Scored (Total)...........Lg: 45...Cups: 27...Total: 72

Goals Conceded (Total)......Lg: 46...Cups: 16...Total: 62

Goals Scored (Away)..........Lg: 22...Cups: 20...Total: 42

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

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: 150...Cups: 69.....Total: 219

Shots on-target (against)......Lg: 153...Cups: 55.....Total: 208

Shots off-target (for).............Lg: 284...Cups: 115...Total: 399

Shots off-target (against)......Lg: 225...Cups: 95.....Total: 320

Corners (for)...........................Lg: 182...Cups: 46.....Total: 228

Corners (against)....................Lg: 190...Cups: 82.....Total: 272

Ave possession (for)...............Lg: 51.22%...Cups: 49.5%

Ave possession (against)........Lg: 48.78%...Cups: 50.5%


Discipline - (Valid Competitions* + EFL trophy cards)

Hartlepool....5 Red Cards.....67 Yellow Cards (inc 1 red & 3 EFL Trophy yellows)

Wycombe.....3 Red Cards...103 Yellow Cards (inc 12 EFL Trophy yellows)

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

Joe Jacobson...................1 red + 10 yellows

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

Luke O'Nien....................9 yellows (inc 1 EFL Trophy yellow)

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

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

Paris Cowan-Hall............7 yellows

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

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

Hartlepool.....Pld: 37 - W: 10 - D: 11 - L: 16 - Pts: 41 - Pts per game: 1.11

Wycombe......Pld: 37 - W: 14 - D: 10 - L: 13 - Pts: 52 - Pts per game: 1.41


Last Five league Games

Hartlepool.........LWWLW - 9 points (Rank-6)

Wycombe...........LDWDD - 6 points (Rank-14)


Last Five League Games (Home)

Hartlepool......WDDWW - 11 points (Rank-3)


Last Five League Games (Away)

Wycombe............LLLDW - 4 points (Rank-20)


Against Top-Half Opposition

Hartlepool........Pld: 19...Pts: 18...Pts per game: 0.95 (Rank-15)

Wycombe.........Pld: 19...Pts: 19...Pts per game: 1.00 (Rank-14)


Against Bottom-Half Opposition

Hartlepool........Pld: 18...Pts: 23...Pts per game: 1.28 (Rank-20)

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: 9.....D: 17...L: 11...Gf:19...Ga:20...Ppg: 1.19

Second 45 mins

Wycombe.......W: 14...D: 11...L: 12...Gf:26...Ga:26...Ppg: 1.43


Hartlepool's record last season

Home.....W:9.....D:3...L:11...GF:27 - GA:32 - Pts:30

Away......W:6.....D:3...L:14...GF:22 - GA:40 - Pts:21

Total.......W:15.. D:6...L:25...GF:49 - GA:72 - Pts:51

Final position: 16th 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 15 previous meetings there have been 9 wins for Wycombe, 4 for Hartlepool and 2 draws.

At Victoria Park the tally is 3 wins for the Chairboys, 2 for Pools and 2 draws.

2003/04 LG1: Hartlepool 1 Wycombe 1

2003/04 LG1: Wycombe 3 Hartlepool 4

2006/07 LG2: Hartlepool 2 Wycombe 0

2006/07 LG2: Wycombe 0 Hartlepool 1

2009/10 LG1: Hartlepool 1 Wycombe 1

2009/10 LG1: Wycombe 2 Hartlepool 0

2011/12 LG1: Hartlepool 1 Wycombe 3

2011/12 LG1: Wycombe 5 Hartlepool 0

2013/14 LG2: Hartlepool 1 Wycombe 2

2013/14 LG2: Wycombe 2 Hartlepool 1

2014/15 LG2: Hartlepool 1 Wycombe 3

2014/15 LG2: Wycombe 1 Hartlepool 0

2015/16 LG2: Wycombe 2 Hartlepool 1

2015/16 LG2: Hartlepool 1 Wycombe 0

2016/17 LG2: Wycombe 2 Hartlepool 0


The Man In The Middle

Saturday's referee is David Webb from Lancashire who was promoted to the National List of Referees in 2008.

Earlier this season he took charge of Wycombe`s 2-1 win at Mansfield in the Football League Trophy.

During the current campaign he`s issued 1 red and 88 yellow cards in 35 appearances.


Prediction

Hartlepool 1 Wycombe 1



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Writer:Len & Benny
Date:Friday March 17 2017
Time: 1:10AM

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