Wycombe Wanderers vs Accrington Stanley | Adams Park | 3.00pm | Sky Bet League Two
Accrington Stanley journey to Buckinghamshire tomorrow to take on Wycombe Wanderers and continue their quest to become champions of League Two.
It’s back to business for John Coleman’s table-topping side after securing automatic promotion to the third tier for the very first time on Tuesday night.
The Chairboys want a promotion party of their own and sit third in the table, two points above the play-off places with three games left to play.
Wycombe are on an eight-match unbeaten run but are winless in their last 10 league games against Stanley, drawing seven and losing three. They last beat the Reds in December 2012.
Stanley have lost just one of their nine away games at Wycombe in the Football League, with four wins and four draws. John Coleman’s side is on the longest unbeaten run in the division (14), only losing one of their last 19 matches (16 wins and two draws).
Here’s what you need to know ahead of the match:
Stanley wins – 6
Games drawn – 9
Wycombe wins – 4
Last Time Out
The Reds won 1-0 when they hosted Gareth Ainsworth’s side at the Wham Stadium earlier this season.
In a tightly contested affair under lights in December, defender Mark Hughes’ 70th minute strike was the difference between the two teams. After a period of heavy Stanley pressure, Billy Kee laid off a clever ball to Hughes who took his chance like a centre-forward, burying his shot beyond Wycombe goalkeeper Scott Brown.
The Manager – Gareth Ainsworth
Gareth Ainsworth became Wycombe Wanderers’ player-coach in 2011, having played football at all four levels of English football. He helped the club avoid relegation from League Two after being named manager in September 2012.
Born in Blackburn, Ainsworth came through the youth system at Rovers, and played for a host of clubs including Preston North End, Lincoln City, Port Vale, Wimbledon, Queen Park Rangers and Wycombe.
Ainsworth helped to turn the Chairboys’ fortunes around, almost getting the club promoted through the play-offs in the 2014/15 season for which he was named the League Two Manager of the Year.
One to Watch – Adebayo Akinfenwa
Adebayo Akinfenwa, or ‘The Beast’, is an injury concern for Saturday’s clash but is Wycombe’s top scorer this season with 18 goals in all competitions.
Renowned for his physical presence, the 35-year-old joined the Blues in the summer of 2016, scoring his first goal for his new club in a 1-1 draw with Stanley at Adams Park.
Akinfenwa, who has just signed a contract extension with the Chairboys, was named alongside Billy Kee in the EFL Team of the Season earlier this month. He was also named in the PFA League Two Team of the Year with Stanley’s Kee, Sean McConville and Mark Hughes.
Wycombe hope to have Dominic Gape and Luke O’Nien available after illness, while Akinfenwa has a calf problem but could be involved. Anthony Stewart and Sido Jombati are close to a return while Tafari Moore and Curtis Thompson are available again, leaving only Dan Scarr as a confirmed absentee.
Stanley’s starting line-up has been consistent of late, using only 12 different players in the last nine games. Manager John Coleman has a fully-fit squad to choose from with no new illness or injury concerns to report.
Man in the Middle – Darren Drysdale
Mr Drysdale has taken charge of 42 games already this season, showing 133 yellow and six red cards.
He has officiated three Stanley games so far in this campaign, most recently our 2-1 win at Luton Town in March.
He has also overseen our 1-1 draw against Newport at the Wham Stadium in November, and our 3-0 victory away at Grimsby in December.
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