PREVIEW: Wycombe v Wanderers

Wanderers continue their busy February with a trip to Wycombe to face another in-form side.

The Whites are half way through a six-game month with a 100 per cent record so far contributing to a five-match winning run which has lifted them to third place in League One.

Wycombe are just one place outside the play-off zone after also winning all of their February games to date.

Manager quotes:

Ian Evatt: “This game will probably be completely different to the Charlton, Peterborough, MK Dons games.

“This is going to be a different test and challenge so we will pick a team we think can cope with that challenge.

“It’s probably one of the toughest games you could have, away from home in particular.

“Gareth has done an incredible job here. They are always there or thereabouts and a fantastic yardstick for this division.

“It’s always a difficult place to go. We know what to expect. There are no secrets there so we know it’s going to be a tough game and both teams will be going to win.

“It’s going to be a real good test but one we’re looking forward to going there and having.”

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Wycombe manager Gareth Ainsworth:

“I remember Bolton coming here on the first day of the season a few years ago. They were staring down the barrel with a lot of problems.

“There was a lot of mutual respect that day and I’m expecting the same on Saturday. It’ll be a great atmosphere. May the best team win.

“Sometimes the teams that get beat a lot chop and change formation so you don’t know what is coming.

“With Bolton, I can’t see Ian Evatt changing too much to what he has done in recent weeks because they have done really well.

“No doubt he’ll be saying the same thing about us and we’ll have to adapt and make sure we’re competitive on the day.

“I’ve been watching Bolton’s footage and looking for a way to beat them. It’ll be tough, but we’ve got enough to be able to do it and keep this run going.

“They’re on superb form, Ian’s done a fantastic job and I’m sure they’ll be looking at this as a difficult game too.”

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Team news:

Wanderers will have wing-back Conor Bradley available again after a two-match ban and a slight back problem.

Striker Cameron Jerome has recovered from a similar problem and will return to the squad after missing the mid-week win over MK Dons.

Striker Dan Nlundulu is due to return to training next week following a hamstring strain that has kept him out for five games.

Wycombe will be without Alfie Mawson after the 29-year-old announced his retirement from playing earlier this week.

The former Fulham and Swansea central defender had made 19 league starts for the Chairboys – where he previously played on loan – this season but hangs up his boots due to injury issues.

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Form guide:

Only Sheffield Wednesday have taken more points than Wanderers over the last 10 games in League One.

The Owls’ tally of 24 is one better than the Whites, who have won seven and drawn one of their last 10 league fixtures and won their last two games 5-0.

Wycombe have collected one fewer with their 22-point haul lifting them to the brink of the play-off places.

Wanderers – who won 3-0 in the reverse fixture in their opening home league game of the season – will be aiming for a sixth successive win and third in a row away from home.

Seventh-placed Wycombe have won their last four games and five of their last six at Adams Park.


Referee: Andy Woolmer

Assistant referees: Matthew Jones, Adam Crysell

Fourth official: Tom Reeves


Saturday 3pm


There will be a minute's applause before kick-off as Wycombe remember and pay tribute to Brian Lee, a former manager and chairman of the club and ex-chairman of the Football Conference, who died last weekend.


Wanderers' fans can pay on the day at Adams Park, with all information HERE


The game will be streamed live to overseas subscribers on BWFC iFollow, with match commentary available to UK listeners. For match passes click HERE

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