Date: 28th January 2018 at 7:36pm
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Wycombe Wanderers travel to Luton Town on Tuesday for their 29th league game of the season.

The Chairboys were without a game at the weekend, but a 3-2 win at Crewe the previous Saturday made it three consecutive league victories since the turn of the year.

Despite their day off, Gareth Ainsworth’s side almost climbed into the automatic promotion places yesterday when previous occupants Accrington had their superior goal difference wiped out by a 2-1 defeat at Morecambe.

Mansfield had other ideas however, scuppering Wycombe’s chance to enter the top three for the first time since 13th August with a 94th minute winner at Morecambe which propelled the Stags four places higher to 3rd.

But never fear, a draw at Luton on Tuesday would take the Chairboys up to 3rd, while a win would install them in 2nd place at the expense of Notts County.

Wanderers currently lie 4th with 49 points from 28 games, 3 points more than they had at the same stage last season.

It was at this point last season that Ainsworth’s side lost 5 consecutive league games and drew the next, so the opportunity is there for the Blues to vastly improve on last season’s points tally in the weeks ahead.

The Blues’ boss made two changes to his starting line-up against the Railwaymen last time out.

Dominic Gape and Marcus Bean were both handed recalls to the side as Wanderers went with a rare four-man midfield.

They replaced Craig Mackail-Smith, who dropped to the bench and Sam Saunders, who missed out through injury.

Apart from reserve keeper Ma-Kalambay, the bench was made up entirely of forwards, including Randell Williams who signed on loan from Watford a few days earlier.

Ainsworth will have been grateful for the weekend break as a host of players recover from various injuries.

Adam El-Abd (calf) and Sido Jombati (knee) are closing in on a return, but Sam Saunders is unlikely to feature, while Anthony Stewart and Will de Havilland remain sidelined with calf and hamstring injuries respectively.

Michael Harriman continues his rehabilitation after breaking a leg in September.

Midfielder Curtis Thompson could go straight into the squad after signing on loan until the end of the season from promotion rivals Notts County.

Luton Town claimed all three points with a 1-0 win at Grimsby Town on Saturday.

It was a victory achieved with ten men after midfielder Jordan Cook was sent off in the 33rd minute.

The Hatters have won 18, drawn 6 and lost 5 of their 29 league matches and sit nine points clear at the top of the table.

They are also the top goalscorers in the division with 64 league goals (80 in all competitions).

Manager Nathan Jones made three changes to his starting line-up against the Mariners.

Alan Sheehan made a welcome return to the side after serving a three-match ban, while Cook and Harry Cornick were both handed recalls.

Leading goalscorer Danny Hylton missed out through injury while Lawson D’Ath and Oliver Lee both dropped to the bench.

Jones has no new injury concerns ahead of Tuesday’s clash with the Chairboys.

Hylton has been struggling with hamstring problems recently and will be assessed.

Cook serves a one-match ban following his dismissal on Saturday.

Luke Gambin remains sidelined with an ankle injury while Scott Cuthbert is still recovering from a torn abductor muscle.

Jones says he’s unsure when Alan McCormick will return from a calf muscle problem.


Here are some stats…


Luton Home Record…………W 11 – D 1 – L 2 – Pts 34 – Ppg 2.43 (Rank-1)

Wycombe Away Record……W 6…..D 4 – L 4 – Pts 22 – Ppg 1.57 (Rank-3)


League positions & comparison with last season

Luton (14 points better off)

After 29 games this season the Hatters are 1st with 60 points

After 29 games last season they were 5th with 46 points


Wycombe (3 points better off)

After 28 games this season the Chairboys are 4th with 49 points

After 28 games last season they were 6th with 46 points


Luton’s last five games (All Competitions)

FAC Newcastle (A)……………..Lost 1-3

FLT: Peterborough (H)……..Drew 0-0 (lost 7-6 on pens)

Lg2: Chesterfield (A)………….Lost 0-2

Lg2: Morecambe (H)…………Won 1-0

Lg2: Grimsby (A)……………….Won 1-0


Wycombe’s last five games (All Competitions)

Lg2: Mansfield (H)…………….Lost 1-2

Lg2: Forest Green (A)……….Won 2-1

FAC Preston (H)………………..Lost 1-5

Lg2: Colchester (H)…………..Won 3-1

Lg2: Crewe (A)………………….Won 3-2


Luton Goal Scorers – (All Competitions)

Hylton…………………17 (inc 3 pens)

Collins………………..13

Lee E…………………..7

Berry…………………..6

Potts……………………6

Cornick……………….4

Lee O………………….4

Shinnie………………..3

Gambin……………….2

Justin…………………..2

Mullins………………..2

Sheehan………………2

Vassell…………………2

Cook……………………1

Cotter………………….1

Cuthbert………………1

D`Ath…………………..1

Jarvis……………………1

McCormack………….1

McQuoid………………1

Stacey………………….1

Own goals……………2


Wycombe Goal Scorers – (All Competitions)

Adebayo Akinfenwa………..14

Craig Mackail-Smith………..9

Paris Cowan-Hall…………….5

Eberechi Eze…………………..5

Joe Jacobson…………………..5 (inc 3 pens)

Luke O’Nien……………………5

Nathan Tyson…………………4

Nick Freeman…………………3

Sam Saunders…………………2

Josh Umerah…………………..2

Matt Bloomfield………………1

Will De Havilland…………….1

Michael Harriman…………..1

Sido Jombati……………………1

Dan Scarr………………………..1

Dayle Southwell………………1

Anthony Stewart……………..1


Wycombe Assists – (All Competitions)

Adebayo Akinfenwa………..11

Craig Mackail-Smith………..5

Joe Jacobson…………………..4

Nick Freeman………………….3

Michael Harriman…………..3

Sam Saunders…………………3

Nathan Tyson………………….3

Matt Bloomfield………………2

Paris Cowan-Hall……………..2

Eberechi Eze……………………2

Luke O’Nien…………………….2

Marcus Bean…………………..1

Dominic Gape………………….1

Sido Jombati……………………1

Nathan McGinley…………….1

Dan Scarr………………………..1

Jack Williams……………………1


Luton Goal Stats (38 games in all Competitions)

Goals Scored (Total)………..Lg: 64…Cups: 16…Total: 80

Goals Conceded (Total)……Lg: 27…Cups: 9…..Total: 36

Goals Scored (Home)………Lg: 42…Cups: 8…..Total: 50

Goals Conceded (Home)….Lg: 13…Cups: 5…..Total: 18

Clean Sheets……………………Lg: 14…Cups: 4…..Total: 18

Failed to Score…………………Lg: 8…..Cups: 2…..Total: 10


Wycombe Goal Stats (35 games in all Competitions)

Goals Scored (Total)………..Lg: 52…Cups: 9…..Total: 61

Goals Conceded (Total)……Lg: 38…Cups: 14…Total: 52

Goals Scored (Away)………..Lg: 22…Cups: 2…..Total: 24

Goals Conceded (Away)……Lg: 19…Cups: 1,,…Total: 20

Clean Sheets……………………Lg: 7…..Cups: 2…..Total: 9

Failed to Score…………………Lg: 6…..Cups: 2…..Total: 8


Wycombe – miscellaneous stats

Shots on-target (for)………….Lg: 155…Cups: 40…Total: 195

Shots on-target (against)……Lg: 104…Cups: 34…Total: 138

Shots off-target (for)………….Lg: 232…Cups: 53…Total: 285

Shots off-target (against)……Lg: 173…Cups: 40…Total: 213

Corners (for)………………………Lg: 157…Cups: 45…Total: 202

Corners (against)………………..Lg: 128…Cups: 34…Total: 162

Ave possession (for)……………Lg: 51.11%…..Cups: 50.14%

Ave possession (against)……..Lg: 48.89%…..Cups: 49.86%


League Form Guide

All Season

Luton…………..Pld: 29…W: 18…D: 6…L: 5…Pts: 60…Pts per game: 2.07

Wycombe…….Pld: 28…W: 14…D: 7…L: 7…Pts: 49…Pts per game: 1.75


Last Five league Games

Luton……………….LWLWW – 9 points (Rank-9)

Wycombe………WLWWW – 12 points (Rank-4)


Last Five League Games (Home)

Luton…………….WDWWW – 13 points (Rank-3)


Last Five League Games (Away)

Wycombe…………..LDLWW – 7 points (Rank-7)


First 45 mins v Second 45 mins – Performance Comparison

First 45 mins

Wycombe…….W: 11…D: 10…L: 7…Gf: 24…Ga: 15…Pph: 1.54

Second 45 mins

Wycombe…….W: 11…D: 9…..L: 8…Gf: 28…Ga: 23…Pph: 1.50


Discipline *

Luton…………..6 Red Cards – 64 Yellow Cards

Wycombe…….0 Red Cards – 60 Yellow Cards

Marcus Bean………………8 yellow (inc 1 Checkatrade)

Joe Jacobson………………8 yellow

Luke O’Nien……………….6 yellow

Adam El Abd………………5 yellow

Sam Saunders……………5 yellow

Matt Bloomfield…………3 yellow

Scott Brown……………….3 yellow

Dominic Gape…………….3 yellow

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

Anthony Stewart………..3 yellow

Adebayo Akinfenwa……3 yellow

Paris Cowan-Hall………..2 yellow (inc 1 Checkatrade)

Sido Jombati………………2 yellows

Craig Mackail-Smith……2 yellow

Dayle Southwell…………2 yellow

Will de Havilland……….1 yellow

Nathan Tyson…………….1 yellow

From FA website *


Previous Meetings

In 24 previous meetings there have been 11 wins for Luton, 4 for Wycombe and 9 draws.

At Kenilworth Road the tally is 4 wins for the Hatters, 4 for the Chairboys, and 3 draws.

1996/97 Lg1: Luton 0 Wycombe 0

1997/98 Lg1: Luton 0 Wycombe 0

1998/99 Lg1: Luton 3 Wycombe 1

1999/00 Lg1: Luton 1 Wycombe 1

2000/01 Lg1: Luton 1 Wycombe 2

2002/03 Lg1: Luton 1 Wycombe 0

2003/04 Lg1: Luton 3 Wycombe 1

2008/09 Lg2: Luton 0 Wycombe 1

2014/15 Lg2: Luton 2 Wycombe 3

2015/16 Lg2: Luton 0 Wycombe 2

2016/17 Lg2: Luton 4 Wycombe 1


Luton’s record last season

Home….W:11…D:7…..L:5…GF:38 – GA:26 – Pts:40

Away…..W:9…..D:10…L:4…GF:32 – GA:17 – Pts:37

Total……W:20…D:17…L:9…GF:70 – GA:43 – Pts:77

Final position: 4th in League Two


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

Tuesday’s referee is Tim Robinson from West Sussex who was promoted to the National List of Referees in 2012.

Earlier this season he took charge of Wycombe’s 3-1 win over Leatherhead.

During the current campaign he’s issued 9 (nine) red and 96 yellow cards in 31 appearances.


Prediction

Luton 2 Wycombe 1