Date: 6th May 2016 at 12:50am
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Wycombe Wanderers travel to Oxford United on Saturday for their 46th and final league game of the season.

The Chairboys’ disappointing end to the campaign continued last weekend when they lost 1-0 at home to Accrington Stanley.

They are now without a win in their last 7 matches and have won just 2 of the last 13, scoring only 8 goals in the process.

Basically 2016 has been a dismal year for Gareth Ainsworth’s side, yielding only 6 wins from 24 games in all competitions with just 14 goals scored in over 36 hours of play.

And yet there’s still something to play for?

If Wanderers win on Saturday, they can stop local rivals Oxford United from gaining automatic promotion if Bristol Rovers win at home to Dagenham & Redbridge.

Even a draw would be good enough to thwart the U’s if Rovers win and Accrington pick up at least a point at home to Stevenage.

With no love lost between Wanderers’ fans and either Oxford or Rovers, it’s a matter of personal taste which one you would prefer to devastate.

The worst possible scenario would be both of them going up at the expense of Stanley, and actually being there to watch United celebrate… so that’s probably what will happen.

But Oxford do have reasons to be concerned?

A) Their home record is pretty average (ranked only 10th) and they’ve collected just 34 of their 83 points on home soil.

B) In 11 previous home-games against Wycombe, Oxford have won just once, with the Chairboys banking 5 victories and the other 5 games ending in deadlock.

C) Keith Stroud’s the ref on Saturday which means there’s an excellent chance it won’t end with 22 players still on the pitch.

So in the hope of annoying the neighbours, and daring to dream of a goal, over 1,000 Wycombe fans will make the short trek along the M40 to bid farewell to a season that started in promising fashion but just got worse as it went along.

Ainsworth made two changes to his starting line-up last time out with goalkeeper Benjamin Siegrist handed his full league debut between the sticks after joining on loan from Aston Villa at the end of March.

Striker Garry Thompson was also handed a recall to the side with loan goalkeeper Ryan Allsop and striker Gozie Ugwu both dropping to the bench. Defender Joe Jacobson missed out again through injury as Ainsworth again named just six substitutes.

He has no new injury concerns ahead of this weekend’s clash with the U’s and will check upon the fitness of Jacobson (back). The midfield trio of Luke O’Nien (knee), Sam Wood (knee) and Matt Bloomfield (broken arm), won’t play again until next season.

Oxford United claimed all three points with a comfortable 2-0 win over Carlisle United at Brunton Park last weekend.

The U’s went into the game on the back of a 2-0 home win over Hartlepool United and have lost just one of their last nine league matches, winning five and drawing three.

They remain 3rd in the League Two table, a point behind second placed Accrington Stanley and a point ahead of 4th-placed Bristol Rovers.

Automatic promotion can be sealed with a win over local rivals Wycombe Wanderers, but anything less will leave United at the mercy of results elsewhere.

Head coach Michael Appleton made just one change to his starting line-up last time out with midfielder Callum O’Dowda handed a recall to the side after recovering from a recent bout of tonsillitis. He replaced winger Kemar Roofe, who missed out through injury.

Defender Sam Long returned to the bench after recovering from a troublesome hip injury but Appleton could only name six substitutes with midfielders Jonny Giles and Josh Ashby both left out of the squad.

He has no new injury concerns ahead of this weekend’s sold-out clash with the Chairboys and has been boosted by the return of defender Johnny Mullins and Kemar Roofe to training this week following ankle injuries.

Left-back Joe Skarz also trained having returned early following groin surgery earlier this month. Loan full-back Jordan Evans remains sidelined with a broken rib whilst striker Ryan Taylor continues his recovery following groin surgery.

Here are some stats…

Oxford Home Record……….W 9 – D 7 – L 6…Pts 34…Ppg 1.55 (Rank-10)

Wycombe Away Record……W 8 – D 7 – L 7…Pts 31…Ppg 1.41 (Rank-11)


League positions & comparison with last season

Oxford (25 points better off)

After 45 games this season United are 3rd with 83 points

After 45 games last season they were 14th with 58 pts


Wycombe (17 points worse off)

After 45 games this season the Chairboys are 10th with 64 points

After 45 games last season they were 5th with 81 points


Oxford’s last five games (All Competitions)

Lg2: Crawley (A)………………Won 5-1

Lg2: Luton (H)………………….Lost 2-3

Lg2: Newport (A)…………….Drew 1-1

Lg2: Hartlepool (H)………….Won 2-0

Lg2: Carlisle (A)……………….Won 2-0


Wycombe’s last five games (All Competitions)

Lg2: York City (A)……………Drew 1-1

Lg2: Barnet (H)……………….Drew 1-1

Lg2: Yeovil (H)………………..Drew 0-0

Lg2: Portsmouth (A)…………Lost 1-2

Lg2: Accrington (H)…………..Lost 0-1


Oxford Goal Scorers – (All Competitions)

Roofe…………………………..26 (inc 1 pen)

Sercombe…………………….17 (inc 4 pens)

Hylton………………………….14

O’Dowda………………………9

Bowery…………………………7

MacDonald…………………..6

Hoban………………………….5 (inc 1 pen)

Maguire………………………..4 (inc 2 pens)

Taylor…………………………..4

Dunkley………………………..3

Lundstram……………………3

Baldock………………………..2

Evans……………………………1

Mullins………………………….1

Waring………………………….1

Own Goals……………………1


Wycombe Goal Scorers – (All Competitions)

Michael Harriman…………….8

Garry Thompson………………8 (inc 1 pen)

Paul Hayes……………………….5

Luke O’Nien……………………..5

Aaron Amadi-Holloway…….4

Max Kretzschmar……………..3

Joe Jacobson…………………….2 (inc 1 pen)

Sido Jombati…………………….2

Jason McCarthy………………..2

Aaron Pierre…………………….2

Gozie Ugwu……………………..2

Sam Wood……………………….2

Jason Banton……………………1

Matt Bloomfield……………….1

Paris Cowan-Hall………………1

Stephen McGinn………………1

Danny Rowe…………………….1

Anthony Stewart………………1

Own Goals………………………1


Wycombe Assists – (All Competitions)

Michael Harriman……………7

Joe Jacobson……………………7

Aaron Pierre……………………4

Garry Thompson…………….4

Paul Hayes………………………3

Luke O’Nien…………………….3

Matt Bloomfield………………2

Sam Wood………………………2

Aaron Amadi-Holloway……1

Danny Rowe……………………1

Anthony Stewart……………..1

Gozie Ugwu…………………….1


Oxford Goal Stats (58 games in all Competitions)

Goals Scored (Total)………..Lg: 81…Cups: 23…Total: 104

Goals Conceded (Total)……Lg: 41…Cups: 14…Total: 55

Goals Scored (Home)……….Lg: 34…Cups: 12…Total: 46

Goals Conceded (Home)…..Lg: 20…Cups: 9…..Total: 29

Clean Sheets……………………Lg: 17…Cups: 5…..Total: 22

Failed to Score…………………Lg: 6…..Cups: 3…..Total: 9


Wycombe Goal Stats (51 games in all Competitions)

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

Goals Conceded (Total)……..Lg: 41…Cups: 7…Total: 48

Goals Scored (Away)…………Lg: 20…Cups: 6…Total: 26

Goals Conceded (Away)…….Lg: 17…Cups: 5…Total: 22

Clean Sheets……………………..Lg: 17…Cups: 1…Total: 18

Failed to Score…………………..Lg: 13…Cups: 3…Total: 16


Wycombe – miscellaneous stats

Shots on-target (for)………….Lg: 152…Cups: 21…Total: 173

Shots on-target (against)…..Lg: 171…Cups: 29…Total: 200

Shots off-target (for)………….Lg: 276…Cups: 52…Total: 328

Shots off-target (against)…..Lg: 238…Cups: 48…Total: 286

Corners (for)……………………..Lg: 238…Cups: 23…Total: 261

Corners (against)……………….Lg: 241…Cups: 27…Total: 268

Average possession (for)………….Lg: 50.07%…Cups: 43.7%

Average possession (against)……Lg: 49.93%…Cups: 56.3%


Discipline – (All Competitions)

Oxford………….4 Red Cards – 79 Yellow Cards

Wycombe……..3 Red Cards – 74 Yellow Cards

Michael Harriman………….8 yellow

Luke O’Nien…………………..8 yellow

Aaron Pierre………………….8 yellow

Marcus Bean…………………7 yellow – 1 Red

Sido Jombati………………….7 yellow

Joe Jacobson………………….5 yellow

Anthony Stewart……………5 yellow

Paul Hayes…………………….4 yellow

Garry Thompson……………4 yellow – 1 Red

Matt Bloomfield…………….3 yellow

Jason McCarthy……………..3 yellow

Aaron Amadi-Holloway…..2 yellow

Matt Ingram…………………..2 yellow – 1 Red

Stephen McGinn……………2 yellow

Gozie Ugwu…………………..2 yellow

Jason Banton…………………1 yellow

Paris Cowan-Hall…………..1 yellow

Danny Rowe………………….1 yellow

Sam Wood……………………1 yellow



League Form Guide

All Season

Oxford………..Pld: 45…W: 23…D: 14…L: 8…..Pts: 83…Pts per game: 1.84

Wycombe……Pld: 45…W: 17…D: 13…L: 15…Pts: 64…Pts per game: 1.42


First-third of the season (games 1-15)

Oxford………..Pld: 15…W: 7…D: 6…L: 2…Pts: 27…Ppg: 1.80 (Rank-3)

Wycombe……Pld: 15…W: 7…D: 4…L: 4…Pts: 25…Ppg: 1.67 (Rank-7)


Second-third of the season (games 16-30)

Oxford………..Pld: 15…W: 8…D: 4…L: 3…Pts: 28…Ppg: 1.87 (Rank-3)

Wycombe…….Pld: 15…W: 7…D: 3…L: 5…Pts: 24…Ppg: 1.60 (Rank-8)


Final-third of the season (games 31-45)

Oxford…………Pld: 15…W: 8…D: 4…L: 3…Pts: 28…Ppg: 1.87 (Rank-5)

Wycombe…….Pld: 15…W: 3…D: 6…L: 6…Pts: 15…Ppg: 1.00 (Rank-18)


Last Five league Games

Oxford………WLDWW – 10 points (Rank-4)

Wycombe………DDDLL – 3 points (Rank-20)


Last Five League Games (Home)

Oxford…………LWDLW – 7 points (Rank-11)


Last Five League Games (Away)

Wycombe……..DDDDL – 4 points (Rank-17)


Against Top-Third Opposition

Oxford…………Pld: 14…Pts: 24…Pts per game: 1.71 (Rank-2)

Wycombe…….Pld: 15…Pts: 15…Pts per game: 1.00 (Rank-12)


Against Middle-Third Opposition

Oxford………….Pld: 15…Pts: 23…Pts per game: 1.53 (Rank-9)

Wycombe……..Pld: 14…Pts: 25…Pts per game: 1.79 (Rank-6)


Against Bottom-Third Opposition

Oxford………….Pld: 16…Pts: 36…Pts per game: 2.25 (Rank-5)

Wycombe……..Pld: 16…Pts: 24…Pts per game: 1.50 (Rank-18)


First 45 mins v Second 45 mins – Performance Comparison

First 45 mins

Wycombe…….W: 7….D: 27…L: 11…Gf:14…Ga:17…Ppg: 1.07

Second 45 mins

Wycombe…….W: 18…D: 18…L: 9….Gf:31…Ga:24…Ppg: 1.60


Oxford’s league record last season

Home….W:7…..D:9…..L:7…..GF:27 – GA:24 – Pts:30

Away…..W:8…..D:7…..L:8…..GF:23 – GA:25 – Pts:31

Total……W:15…D:16…L:15…GF:50 – GA:49 – Pts:61

Final position: 13th in League Two


Wycombe’s League record last season

Home…..W:10…D:7….L:6…GF:30 – GA:25 – Pts:37

Away…..W:13….D:8….L:2…GF:37 – GA:20 – Pts:47

Total……W:23…D:15…L:8…GF:67 – GA:45 – Pts:84

Final position: 4th in League Two


Previous Meetings

In 23 previous meetings there have been 10 wins for Wycombe, 6 for Oxford and 7 draws.

In Oxford the tally is 5 wins for the Chairboys, 1 for the Us and 5 draws.

1994/95 LG1: Oxford 0 Wycombe 2

1995/96 LG1: Oxford 1 Wycombe 4

1999/00 FLT: Oxford 0 Wycombe 0

1999/00 LG1: Oxford 1 Wycombe 1

2000/01 LG1: Oxford 1 Wycombe 2

2004/05 LG2: Oxford 2 Wycombe 1

2005/06 LG2: Oxford 2 Wycombe 2

2010/11 LG2: Oxford 2 Wycombe 2

2012/13 LG2: Oxford 0 Wycombe 1

2013/14 LG2: Oxford 2 Wycombe 2

2014/15 LG2: Oxford 1 Wycombe 2


The Man In The Middle

Saturday`s referee is Keith Stroud from Hampshire who was promoted to the National List of Referees in 2004.

Earlier this season he took charge of Wycombe’s 2-1 win at Dagenham.

During the current campaign he`s issued 11 (eleven) red and 187 yellow cards in 44 outings.


Prediction

Oxford 1 Wycombe 1