Date: 1st April 2016 at 2:03am
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Wycombe Wanderers entertain AFC Wimbledon on Saturday in their 40th league game of the season.

The Chairboys claimed a share of the spoils after playing out a goalless draw with Notts County at Meadow Lane on Easter Monday.

It was another stout defensive performance although Gareth Ainsworth’s side had keeper Ryan Allsop to thank for preserving the point with an outstanding save in stoppage time.

The latest clean-sheet took Wanderers’ haul to 17 in all competitions and with only 34 league-goals conceded, they now boast the best defensive record in the division.

On the other hand, Wycombe’s problems in front of goal continue, and another ineffective attacking performance gradually subdued a healthy away following of 579.

Ainsworth is only too aware of the problem, telling wwfc.com: “It wasn’t great going forward. We’re lacking goals, and it’s something I’m aware of.”

“It’s not like I’m happy with that, and we’ll be addressing it when we can, but strikers always cost the most money and it will probably have to be later down the line when we can afford to bring somebody like that in.”

Whether it’s a lack of clinical finishing or a failure to create enough chances, Wanderers have needed 2 hours and 40 minutes for every league goal they’ve scored in 2016.

Nevertheless, the Chairboys’ defensive abilities have enabled them to maintain a challenge for the play-offs, and they currently lie 7th, two points clear of nearest challengers Leyton Orient.

Monday’s draw took their unbeaten run to five, and Wanderers are also aiming for a fifth consecutive home win when they face the Dons on Saturday.

Ainsworth made two changes to his starting line-up last time out, with midfielder Max Kretzschmar and striker Gozie Ugwu handed recalls to the side. They replaced midfielders Luke O’Nien and Sam Wood, who missed out through injury.

The Blues’ boss has been working with a small squad this season and could name only five players on the bench. He will check on the fitness of O’Nien (knee) and Matt Bloomfield (foot) ahead of this weekend’s clash with the Dons.

Goalkeeper Alex Lynch is back in training following a torn thigh muscle whilst defender Danny Rowe faces another week or two out with a hamstring injury.

Wood could be out for a while with a knee injury whilst midfielder Marcus Bean serves the last of his three-match ban on Saturday.

AFC Wimbledon’s clash with Portsmouth was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch at Kingsmeadow on Easter Monday.

The Dons were beaten 1-0 by Hartlepool United at Victoria Park on Good Friday and have won just one of their last seven league matches, drawing two and losing the other four.

They currently occupy 10th place in the League Two table, five points behind 7th placed Wycombe with a game in hand.

Manager Neal Ardley made just one change to his starting line-up for the defeat to Pools, with defender Ryan Sweeney making a welcome return to the side after serving a one-match ban.

He replaced defender Paul Robinson, who missed out after picking up a knock in the recent home win over York City.

Striker Adebayo Akinfenwa came on a second half substitute having served a two-match ban.

Ardley has no new injury concerns ahead of this weekend’s clash with the Chairboys and is boosted by the return of Robinson.

Midfielder Connor Smith has started running again following a thigh injury and could be back soon, while defender Will Nightingale has returned to full training after six months out with an anterior cruciate knee ligament (ACL) injury and could feature before the end of the season.

Striker George Oakley remains sidelined following ankle surgery whilst defender Karleigh Osbourne has been ruled-out for the rest of the season with medial knee ligament damage.


Here are some stats…


Wimb’don Away Record……W 7 – D 7 – L 5 – Pts 28…Ppg 1.47 (Rank-10)

Wycombe Home Record…..W 9 – D 4 – L 6 – Pts 31…Ppg 1.63 (Rank-8)


League positions & comparison with last season

Wimbledon (4 points better off)

After 38 games this season the Dons are 10th with 56 points

After 38 games last season they were 12th with 52 pts


Wycombe (13 points worse off)

After 39 games this season the Chairboys are 7th with 61 points

After 39 games last season they were 3rd with 74 points


Wimbledon’s last five games (All Competitions)

Lg2: Accrington (H)………..Drew 0-0

Lg2: Bristol Rovers (A)……..Lost 1-3

Lg2: Morecambe (A)………..Lost 1-2

Lg2: York City (H)…………….Won 2-1

Lg2: Hartlepool (A)…………..Lost 0-1


Wycombe’s last five games (All Competitions)

Lg2: Stevenage (H)…………..Won 1-0

Lg2: Accrington (A)………….Drew 1-1

Lg2: Carlisle (A)……………….Drew 1-1

Lg2: Mansfield (H)……………Won 1-0

Lg2: Notts County (A)……..Drew 0-0


Wimbledon Goal Scorers – (All Competitions)

Taylor………………………….15

Azeez…………………………..8

Elliott…………………………..6

Akinfenwa……………………5

Barcham………………………4

Bulman………………………..4

Francomb…………………….3

Meades………………………..3

Kennedy………………………2

Rigg……………………………..2

Robinson……………………..2

Fitzpatrick…………………….1

Murphy………………………..1

Reeves…………………………1

Own Goals……………………1


Wycombe Goal Scorers – (All Competitions)

Garry Thompson………………8 (inc 1 pen)

Michael Harriman…………….7

Luke O’Nien……………………..5

Aaron Amadi-Holloway…….4

Paul Hayes……………………….4

Max Kretzschmar……………..3

Joe Jacobson…………………….2 (inc 1 pen)

Jason McCarthy………………..2

Aaron Pierre…………………….2

Gozie Ugwu……………………..2

Sam Wood……………………….2

Jason Banton……………………1

Paris Cowan-Hall………………1

Sido Jombati…………………….1

Stephen McGinn……………….1

Danny Rowe…………………….1

Anthony Stewart………………1

Own Goals……………………….1


Wycombe Assists – (All Competitions)

Joe Jacobson……………………7

Michael Harriman……………6

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

Gozie Ugwu…………………….1


Wimbledon Goal Stats (41 games in all Competitions)

Goals Scored (Total)………..Lg: 55…Cups: 3…Total: 58

Goals Conceded (Total)……Lg: 47…Cups: 6…Total: 53

Goals Scored (Away)……….Lg: 28…Cups: 0…Total: 28

Goals Conceded (Away)…..Lg: 23…Cups: 1…Total: 24

Clean Sheets……………………Lg: 8…..Cups: 0…Total: 8

Failed to Score…………………Lg: 8…..Cups: 1…Total: 9


Wycombe Goal Stats (45 games in all Competitions)

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

Goals Conceded (Total)……..Lg: 34…Cups: 7…Total: 41

Goals Scored (Home)…………Lg: 23…Cups: 1…Total: 24

Goals Conceded (Home)…….Lg: 20…Cups: 2…Total: 22

Clean Sheets……………………..Lg: 16…Cups: 1…Total: 17

Failed to Score…………………..Lg: 11…Cups: 3…Total: 14


Wycombe – miscellaneous stats

Shots on-target (for)………….Lg: 134…Cups: 21…Total: 155

Shots on-target (against)…..Lg: 142…Cups: 29…Total: 171

Shots off-target (for)………….Lg: 245…Cups: 52…Total: 297

Shots off-target (against)…..Lg: 205…Cups: 48…Total: 253

Corners (for)……………………..Lg: 208…Cups: 23…Total: 231

Corners (against)……………….Lg: 207…Cups: 27…Total: 234

Average possession (for)………….Lg: 50.02%…Cups: 43.7%

Average possession (against)……Lg: 49.98%…Cups: 56.3%


Discipline – (All Competitions)

Wimbledon……5 Red Cards – 58 Yellow Cards

Wycombe……..3 Red Cards – 67 Yellow Cards

Luke O’Nien…………………..8 yellow

Michael Harriman………….7 yellow

Aaron Pierre………………….7 yellow

Marcus Bean…………………6 yellow – 1 Red

Sido Jombati………………….6 yellow

Joe Jacobson………………….5 yellow

Anthony Stewart……………4 yellow

Garry Thompson……………4 yellow – 1 Red

Matt Bloomfield…………….3 yellow

Paul Hayes…………………….3 yellow

Jason McCarthy……………..3 yellow

Aaron Amadi-Holloway…..2 yellow

Matt Ingram…………………..2 yellow – 1 Red

Gozie Ugwu…………………..2 yellow

Jason Banton…………………1 yellow

Paris Cowan-Hall…………..1 yellow

Stephen McGinn……………1 yellow

Danny Rowe………………….1 yellow

Sam Wood……………………1 yellow


League Form Guide

All Season

Wimb’don……Pld: 38…W: 15…D: 11…L: 12…Pts: 56…Pts per game: 1.47

Wycombe……Pld: 39…W: 17…D: 10…L: 12…Pts: 61…Pts per game: 1.56


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

Wimb’don……Pld: 15…W: 6…D: 4…L: 5…Pts: 22…Ppg: 1.47 (Rank-13)

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


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

Wimb’don……Pld: 15…W: 7…D: 5…L: 3…Pts: 26…Ppg: 1.73 (Rank-5)

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


Final-third of the season (game 31 onwards)

Wimb’don…….Pld: 8…W: 2…D: 2…L: 4…Pts: 8…..Ppg: 1.00 (Rank-18)

Wycombe…….Pld: 9…W: 3…D: 3…L: 3…Pts: 12…Ppg: 1.33 (Rank-14)


Last Five league Games

Wimb’don……….DLLWL – 4 points (Rank-17)

Wycombe……..WDDWD – 9 points (Rank-8)


Last Five League Games (Away)

Wimb’don……….WDLLL – 4 points (Rank-17)


Last Five League Games (Home)

Wycombe…….LWWWW – 12 points (Rank-2)


Against Top-Third Opposition

Wimb’don…….Pld: 12…Pts: 10…Pts per game: 0.83 (Rank-16)

Wycombe…….Pld: 11…Pts: 12…Pts per game: 1.09 (Rank-8)


Against Middle-Third Opposition

Wimb’don……..Pld: 13…Pts: 29…Pts per game: 2.23 (Rank-1)

Wycombe……..Pld: 14…Pts: 28…Pts per game: 2.00 (Rank-3)


Against Bottom-Third Opposition

Wimb’don……..Pld: 13…Pts: 17…Pts per game: 1.31 (Rank-20)

Wycombe……..Pld: 14…Pts: 21…Pts per game: 1.50 (Rank-18)


First 45 mins v Second 45 mins – Performance Comparison

First 45 mins

Wycombe…….W: 7….D: 24…L: 8…Gf:14…Ga:14…Ppg: 1.15

Second 45 mins

Wycombe…….W: 17…D: 14…L: 8…Gf:27..Ga:20…Ppg: 1.67


Wimbledon’s league record last season

Home….W:10…D:8…..L:5…..GF:34 – GA:25 – Pts:38

Away…..W:4…..D:8…..L:11…GF:20 – GA:35 – Pts:20

Total…..W:14….D:16…L:16…GF:54 – GA:60 – Pts:58

Final position: 15th 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 9 previous meetings there have been 4 wins for Wimbledon, 2 for Wycombe and 3 draws.

At Adams Park the tally is 3 wins for the Dons. 1 for the Chairboys and 0 draws.

2008/09 FAC: AFC Wimbledon 1 Wycombe 4

2012/13 Lg2: Wycombe 0 AFC Wimbledon 1

2012/13 Lg2: AFC Wimbledon 2 Wycombe 2

2013/14 Lg2: AFC Wimbledon 1 Wycombe 0

2013/14 Lg2: Wycombe 0 AFC Wimbledon 3

2014/15 Lg2: Wycombe 2 AFC Wimbledon 0

2014/15 FAC: Wycombe 0 AFC Wimbledon 1

2014/15 Lg2: AFC Wimbledon 0 Wycombe 0

2015/16 Lg2: AFC Wimbledon 1 Wycombe 1


The Man In The Middle

Saturday’s referee is Brendan Malone from Wiltshire who was promoted to the National List of Referees in 2010.

Earlier this season he took charge of Wycombe’s 3-0 defeat at Bristol Rovers.

Prior to that he oversaw a 2-0 home-defeat to Tranmere Rovers in August 2014 and a 1-0 home-defeat to Oxford United in January of the same year.

A real lucky charm.

During the current campaign he’s issued 6 red and 75 yellow cards in 29 outings.


Prediction

Wycombe 1 Wimbledon 1