Date: 26th April 2018 at 8:38pm
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Wycombe Wanderers travel to Chesterfield on Saturday for their 45th league game of the season.

The Chairboys were thrashed 4-0 by Champions-elect Accrington Stanley at Adams Park on Saturday.

It was a first defeat in nine for Wanderers, who retained 3rd place thanks to Exeter City’s failure to beat Crawley Town at home.

Accrington and Luton are already up, and with two games to go, there are four teams competing for the final automatic promotion place. Here are their current standings and remaining games…

Wycombe 78 pts (+ 17 GD)
Chesterfield (A)
Stevenage (H)

Exeter 77 pts (+11 GD)
Stevenage (A)
Colchester (H)

Notts County 76 pts (+24 GD)
Grimsby (A)
Luton (H)

Lincoln City 74 pts (+17 GD)
Accrington (A)
Yeovil (H)

Wanderers could clinch promotion on Saturday if they win and both Exeter and Notts County fail to win.

Manager Gareth Ainsworth made three changes to his starting line-up against the Reds.

Dominic Gape returned to the side after illness, and there were recalls for Paris Cowan-Hall and Scott Kashket.

They were preferred to Sam Saunders and Craig Mackail-Smith who both dropped to the bench, while Adebayo Akinfenwa missed out through injury.

Ainsworth has no new injury concerns ahead of this weekend’s crucial trip to the Proact Stadium.

The Blues’ boss has confirmed that Luke O’Nien and Sido Jombati will “definitely be fit for Chesterfield.”

With regard to Akinfenwa, Ainsworth said: “We’re doing everything we can to get Bayo on the pitch and that’s looking likely.”

There is no news on Anthony Stewart and Dan Scarr.

Chesterfield were beaten 4-1 by Forest Green Rovers at the New Lawn on Saturday.

The result all but confirmed the Spirietes relegation from the Football League and Morecambe’s point at home to Cambridge on Tuesday finally sealed it.

It’s a second consecutive relegation for the club, and they reacted by parting company with manager Jack Lester.

Chesterfield captain Ian Evatt will take charge against Wycombe, assisted by academy coach Miguel Llera.

Lester won just 9 of his 37 matches since taking charge in September, and the Spireites are bottom of the table with 35 points, 2 points less than they had at the same stage of their relegation from Lg1.

With 6 defeats and a draw in their last 7 outings, the Derbyshire outfit are rock bottom of the current form guide, and  boast the worst defence in the division having conceded 78 goals in 43 league games.

Lester made five changes to his final starting line-up against the Green Devils.

Drew Talbot, Andy Kellett, Ian Evatt, Jak McCourt and Joe Rowley were all handed recalls to the side.

They were preferred to George Smith, Sid Nelson, Chris O’Grady and Louis Dodds, who all dropped to the bench, while Alex Whitmore was left out of the squad altogether.

Gozie Ugwu could be involved against Wycombe after recovering from ankle surgery but Jordan Sinnott (ankle ligaments) remains sidelined.

Sam Hird (hip surgery), Dylan Mottley-Henry (hernia surgery) and Giles Coke (Achilles) won’t be fit until next season.

Here are some stats…

Chesterfield Home Record…..W 7 – D 3 – L 11 – Pts 24 – Ppg 1.14 (Rank-23)

Wycombe Away Record………W 11 – D 7 – L 4 – Pts 40 – Ppg 1.82 (Rank-2)

League positions & comparison with last season

Chesterfield (2 points worse off – 1 division lower)

After 43 games this season the Spireites are 24th in Lg2 with 35 points

After 43 games last season they were 23rd in Lg1 with 37 points

Wycombe (13 points better off)

After 44 games this season the Chairboys are 3rd with 78 points

After 44 games last season they were 9th with 65 points

Chesterfield’s last five games (All Competitions)

Lg2: Grimsby (A)……………….Lost 0-1

Lg2: Morecambe (A)…………..Drew2-2

Lg2: Mansfield (H)……………..Lost 0-1

Lg2: Exeter (A)…………………Lost 1-2

Lg2: Forest Green (A)………….Lost 1-4

Wycombe’s last five games (All Competitions)

Lg2: Notts County (A)………..Drew 0-0

Lg2: Grimsby (H)………………Won 2-1

Lg2: Yeovil (A)…………………Won 1-0

Lg2: Lincoln (A)………………Drew 0-0

Lg2: Accrington (H)……………Lost 0-4

Chesterfield Goal Scorers – (All Competitions)

Dennis…………………………20 (inc 5 pens)

McCourt………………………..6 (inc 1 pen)

Kellett………………………….4

Reed……………………………4

Rowley………………………….4

O`Grady………………………..3

Sinnott………………………….2

Weir……………………………..2

De Girolamo…………………….1

Flores……………………………1

Hines……………………………1

Nelson………………………….1

Whitmore……………………….1

Own Goals………………………2

Wycombe Goal Scorers – (All Competitions)

Adebayo Akinfenwa………..18

Craig Mackail-Smith………..10

Paris Cowan-Hall……………8

Luke O’Nien…………………8

Nathan Tyson……………….7

Joe Jacobson………………..6 (inc 4 pens)

Eberechi Eze…………………5

Nick Freeman……………….4

Marcus Bean…………………2

Matt Bloomfield……………..2

Sido Jombati…………………2

Sam Saunders……………….2

Josh Umerah…………………2

Will De Havilland…………….1

Adam El-Abd…………………1

Michael Harriman……………1

Scott Kashket………………..1

Dan Scarr…………………….1

Dayle Southwell……………..1

Anthony Stewart…………….1

Randell Williams…………….1

Own Goals……………………1

Wycombe Assists – (All Competitions)

Adebayo Akinfenwa……….15

Craig Mackail-Smith………..8

Nathan Tyson………………5

Paris Cowan-Hall…………..4

Joe Jacobson………………4

Luke O’Nien………………..4

Nick Freeman………………3

Dominic Gape………………3

Michael Harriman…………..3

Sam Saunders………………3

Marcus Bean………………..2

Matt Bloomfield…………….2

Eberechi Eze………………..2

Dan Scarr……………………2

Scott Brown…………………1

Adam El-Abd………………..1

Sido Jombati……………….1

Nathan McGinley……………1

Jack Williams……………….1

Chesterfield Goal Stats (49 games in all Competitions)

Goals Scored (Total)………..Lg: 45…Cups: 7…..Total: 52

Goals Conceded (Total)……Lg: 78…Cups: 15…Total: 93

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

Goals Conceded (Home)…..Lg: 31…Cups: 6…..Total: 37

Clean Sheets………………..Lg: 6…..Cups: 0…..Total: 6

Failed to Score……………..Lg: 14…Cups: 2…..Total: 16

Wycombe Goal Stats (51 games in all Competitions)

Goals Scored (Total)………..Lg: 76…Cups: 9…..Total: 85

Goals Conceded (Total)……Lg: 59…Cups: 14…Total: 73

Goals Scored (Away)……….Lg: 34…Cups: 2…..Total: 36

Goals Conceded (Away)……Lg: 24…Cups: 1…..Total: 25

Clean Sheets………………..Lg:13…Cups: 2…..Total: 15

Failed to Score……………..Lg: 11…Cups: 2…..Total: 13

Wycombe – miscellaneous stats

Shots on-target (for)………….Lg: 248…Cups: 40…Total: 288

Shots on-target (against)…….Lg: 155…Cups: 34…Total: 189

Shots off-target (for)………….Lg: 328…Cups: 53…Total: 381

Shots off-target (against)…….Lg: 249…Cups: 40…Total: 289

Corners (for)………………….Lg: 249…Cups: 45…Total: 294

Corners (against)……………..Lg: 200…Cups: 34…Total: 234

Ave possession (for)………….Lg: 51.27%…..Cups: 50.14%

Ave possession (against)……..Lg: 48.73%…..Cups: 49.86%

Shooting comparison (league only)

Chesterfield……shots on target – 181 (per game: 4.21) – (Rank-13)

Wycombe………shots on target – 248 (per game: 5.64) – (Rank-1)

League Form Guide

All Season

Chesterfield….Pld: 43 – W: 9 – D: 8 – L: 26……Pts: 35 – Pts per game: 0.81

Wycombe…….Pld: 44 – W: 22 – D: 12 – L: 10…Pts: 78 – Pts per game: 1.77

Last Five league Games

Chesterfield………..LDLLL – 1 point (Rank-24)

Wycombe………..DWWDL – 8 points (Rank-10)

Last Five League Games (Home)

Chesterfield………LWLWL – 6 points (Rank-15)

Last Five League Games (Away)

Wycombe………WWDWD – 11 points (Rank-2)

First 45 mins v Second 45 mins – Performance Comparison

First 45 mins

Wycombe…….W: 17…D: 16…L: 11…Gf: 35…Ga: 25…Pph: 1.52

Second 45 mins

Wycombe…….W: 16…D: 16…L: 12…Gf: 41…Ga: 34…Pph: 1.45

Discipline *

Chesterfield……7 Red Cards…96 Yellow Cards

Wycombe………1 Red Card…..88 Yellow Cards

Marcus Bean……………12 yellow (inc 1 Checkatrade)

Joe Jacobson…………..10 yellow

Adam El Abd…………….8 yellow

Luke O’Nien……………..7 yellow – 1 red

Scott Brown……………..6 yellow

Paris Cowan-Hall………..6 yellow (inc 1 Checkatrade)

Sam Saunders………….5 yellow

Adebayo Akinfenwa……4 yellow

Matt Bloomfield………..4 yellow

Nathan Tyson…………..4 yellow

Dominic Gape…………..3 yellow

Sido Jombati……………3 yellow

Craig Mackail-Smith……3 yellow

Dan Scarr……………….3 yellow (inc 1 Checkatrade)

Anthony Stewart………..3 yellow

Dayle Southwell………..2 yellow

Will de Havilland………..1 yellow

Nick Freeman…………..1 yellow

Nathan McGinley……….1 yellow

Tafari Moore…………….1 yellow

Randell Williams………..1 yellow

From FA website *

Previous Meetings

33 previous meetings there have been 16 wins for Wycombe, 12 for Chesterfield and 5 draws.

In Chesterfield the tally is 10 wins for the Spireites, 5 for the Chairboys, and 1 draw.

At the Spireites’ new stadium, it’s 4 wins for them, 1 for Wycombe and 0 draws.

1993/94 Lg2: Chesterfield 2 Wycombe 3

1995/96 Lg1: Chesterfield 3 Wycombe 1

1996/97 Lg1: Chesterfield 4 Wycombe 2

1997/98 Lg1: Chesterfield 1 Wycombe 0

1998/99 Lg1: Chesterfield 2 Wycombe 0

1999/00 Lg1: Chesterfield 1 Wycombe 2

2001/02 Lg1: Chesterfield 0 Wycombe 1

2002/03 Lg1: Chesterfield 4 Wycombe 0

2003/04 Lg1: Chesterfield 2 Wycombe 2

2007/08 Lg2: Chesterfield 2 Wycombe 0

2008/09 Lg2: Chesterfield 0 Wycombe 1

2010/11 Lg2: Chesterfield 4 Wycombe 1

2011/12 Lg1: Chesterfield 4 Wycombe 0

2012/13 Lg2: Chesterfield 3 Wycombe 1

2013/14 Lg2: Chesterfield 2 Wycombe 0

2016/17 FAC Chesterfield 0 Wycombe 5

Boss v Boss

In their managerial careers, Gareth Ainsworth and Ian Evatt have never clashed before.

Chesterfield’s record last season

Home….W:7…D:5…..L:11…GF:26 – GA:39 – Pts:26

Away…..W:2…D:5…..L:16…GF:17 – GA:39 – Pts:11

Total……W:9…D:10…L:27…GF:43 – GA:78 – Pts:37

Final position: 24th in League One

Wycombe’s record last season

Home…W:11…D:6….L:6…..GF:29 – GA:21 – Pts:39

Away….W:8…..D:6….L:9…..GF:29 – GA:32 – Pts:30

Total….W:19…D:12…L:15 – GF:58 – GA:53 – Pts:69

Final position: 9th in League Two

The Man In The Middle

Saturday’s referee is Anthony Backhouse from Cumbria who is enjoying his first season on the National List of Referees.

This will be his first Wycombe game.

During the current campaign he’s issued 7 red and 100 yellow cards in 32 appearances.

Prediction

Chesterfield 1 Wycombe 2