Date: 14th December 2017 at 8:36pm
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Wycombe Wanderers entertain Chesterfield on Saturday in their 22nd league game of the season.

The Chairboys drew 0-0 at Stevenage at the weekend, unable to convert a much improved second-half performance into the victory their dominance deserved.

Currently 5th in the table, Wanderers now have exactly the same number of points as they had at the same stage last season.

With 34 points already in the bag, Gareth Ainsworth’s side need a win and a draw in the next two games to match last season’s tally of 38 points at the half way mark.

Wanderers are on a hot streak at Adams Park and will be aiming for a fifth consecutive home win in all competitions when the Spireites visit on Saturday.

Ainsworth made two changes to his starting line-up against Boro.

Eberechi Eze made a welcome return to the side having been refused permission to appear in the FA Cup by parent club QPR.

Nick Freeman was also handed a recall with Sam Saunders and Dayle Southwell both dropping to the bench.

Adebayo Akinfenwa kept his place in the side despite an infected foot.

Nathan Tyson made a welcome and impressive return as a second-half substitute after recovering from two months out with a knee ligament injury.

Ainsworth has no newly reported injury concerns ahead of Saturday’s game

Paris Cowan-Hall has missed the last fortnight with an unspecified injury and remains doubtful.

Dominic Gape hasn’t been involved for almost a month due to personal reasons and an unspecified injury and is also a doubt.

Scott Kashket (pelvis) is back in full training but unlikely to start having not played since July.

Loanee Josh Umerah is still recovering from ankle surgery.

Michael Harriman faces several more weeks on the sidelines after breaking his leg.

Chesterfield claimed all three points after snatching an injury-time winner to beat Barnet 2-1 at the Proact Stadium at the weekend.

It was a crucial victory for the Spireites who climbed from the bottom of the table up to 21st place.

A recent improvement in home form has given Jack Lester’s side a new lease of life, but with only one win on their travels this season, and just two in the whole of last season, their away record remains poor.

Lester made several changes to his starting line-up against the Bees last time out.

Cameron Dawson was handed his full league debut between the sticks after signing on a 7-day emergency loan from Sheffield Wednesday.

Andy Kellett, Ian Evatt and Jak McCourt were all fit enough to start after recovering from their respective injuries.

Kellett will be assessed ahead of this weekend’s trip to Adams Park after aggravating a hamstring injury.

Bradley Barry is also a doubt after being forced off with a knee injury.

Marshall Willock (medial knee ligaments) and Gozie Ugwu (torn thigh muscle) won’t be fit until the new year.

Joe Anyon (broken arm) and Jordan Sinnott (ankle ligaments) have been ruled-out for two to three months.

Jordan Flores faces a lengthy rehabilitation programme following his release from hospital after a road traffic accident.

Ricky German is available after returning from his loan at Matlock Town.

Here are some stats…


Chesterfield Away Record…..W 1 – D 3 – L 6 – Pts 6…..Ppg 0.6 (Rank-22)

Wycombe Home Record……..W 5 – D 3 – L 2 – Pts 18…Ppg 1.8 (Rank-9)


League positions & comparison with last season

Chesterfield (2 points better off – 1 division lower)

After 21 games this season the Spireites are 21st in Lg2 with 20 points

After 21 games last season they were 23rd in Lg1 with 18 points


Wycombe (same number of points)

After 21 games this season the Chairboys are 5th with 34 points

After 21 games last season they were 6th with 34 points


Chesterfield’s last five games (All Competitions)

Lg2: Forest Green (H)………..Won 3-2

Lg2: Mansfield (A)…………….Drew 2-2

FLT: Man City U21 (H)……….Drew 2-2

FLT: Fleetwood (A)……………..Lost 0-2

Lg2: Barnet (H)………………….Won 2-1


Wycombe’s last five games (All Competitions)

Lg2: Accrington (A)…………….Lost 0-1

Lg2: Yeovil (H)…………………..Won 2-1

FLT: West Ham U21 (H)…….Won 2-0

FAC: Leatherhead (H)……….Won 3-1

Lg2: Stevenage (A)…………..Drew 0-0


Chesterfield Goal Scorers – (All Competitions)

Dennis…………………………..13 (inc 3 pens)

McCourt………………………..5

O`Grady……………………….2

Rowley………………………….2

Sinnott………………………….2

Weir……………………………..2

De Girolamo…………………1

Flores……………………………1

Kellett…………………………..1

Reed……………………………..1

Own Goals…………………….2


Wycombe Goal Scorers – (All Competitions)

Adebayo Akinfenwa………..11

Craig Mackail-Smith………..7

Eberechi Eze…………………..5

Joe Jacobson…………………..4 (inc 2 pens)

Paris Cowan-Hall…………….3

Nick Freeman…………………3

Luke O’Nien……………………2

Sam Saunders…………………2

Nathan Tyson…………………2

Josh Umerah…………………..2

Will De Havilland…………….1

Michael Harriman…………..1

Sido Jombati……………………1

Dayle Southwell………………1

Anthony Stewart……………..1


Wycombe Assists – (All Competitions)

Adebayo Akinfenwa………..9

Michael Harriman…………..3

Joe Jacobson…………………..3

Craig Mackail-Smith………..3

Sam Saunders…………………3

Matt Bloomfield………………2

Paris Cowan-Hall……………..2

Eberechi Eze……………………2

Nick Freeman………………….2

Nathan Tyson………………….2

Marcus Bean…………………..1

Luke O’Nien…………………….1

Dan Scarr………………………..1

Jack Williams……………………1


Chesterfield Goal Stats (27 games in all Competitions)

Goals Scored (Total)………..Lg: 25…Cups: 7…..Total: 32

Goals Conceded (Total)……Lg: 38…Cups: 15…Total: 53

Goals Scored (Away)………..Lg: 11…Cups: 3…..Total: 14

Goals Conceded (Away)……Lg: 21…Cups: 9…..Total: 30

Clean Sheets……………………Lg: 4…..Cups: 0…..Total: 4

Failed to Score…………………Lg: 5…..Cups: 2…..Total: 7


Wycombe Goal Stats (27 games in all Competitions)

Goals Scored (Total)………..Lg: 38…Cups: 8…Total: 46

Goals Conceded (Total)……Lg: 29…Cups: 9…Total: 38

Goals Scored (Home)………Lg: 23…Cups: 6…Total: 29

Goals Conceded (Home)….Lg: 16…Cups: 8…Total: 24

Clean Sheets……………………Lg: 5…..Cups: 2…Total: 7

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


Wycombe – miscellaneous stats

Shots on-target (for)………….Lg: 114…Cups: 36…Total: 150

Shots on-target (against)……Lg: 82…..Cups: 26…Total: 108

Shots off-target (for)………….Lg: 183…Cups: 48…Total: 231

Shots off-target (against)……Lg: 128…Cups: 34…Total: 162

Corners (for)………………………Lg: 119…Cups: 44…Total: 163

Corners (against)………………..Lg: 90…..Cups: 25…Total: 115

Ave possession (for)……………Lg: 51.62%…..Cups: 51.17%

Ave possession (against)……..Lg: 48.38%…..Cups: 48.83%


League Form Guide

All Season

Chesterfield…..Pld: 21…W: 5…D: 5…L: 11…Pts: 20…Pts per game: 0.95

Wycombe………Pld: 21…W: 9…D: 7…L: 5…..Pts: 34…Pts per game: 1.62


Last Five league Games

Chesterfield…….DWWDW – 11 points (Rank-2)

Wycombe…………….LWLWD – 7 points (Rank-12)


Last Five League Games (Away)

Chesterfield…………LWLDD – 5 points (Rank-14)


Last Five League Games (Home)

Wycombe………..WDDWW – 11 points (Rank-2)


First 45 mins v Second 45 mins – Performance Comparison

First 45 mins

Wycombe…….W: 7 – D: 9 – L: 5 – Gf: 17…Ga: 12…Ppg: 1.43

Second 45 mins

Wycombe…….W: 8 – D: 7 – L: 6 – Gf: 21…Ga: 17…Ppg: 1.48


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Chesterfield……5 Red Cards – 52 Yellow Cards

Wycombe……….0 Red Cards – 45 Yellow Cards

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

Joe Jacobson………………6 yellow

Adam El Abd………………5 yellow

Sam Saunders……………4 yellow

Matt Bloomfield…………3 yellow

Dominic Gape…………….3 yellow

Luke O’Nien……………….3 yellow

Anthony Stewart………..3 yellow

Scott Brown……………….2 yellow

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

Craig Mackail-Smith……2 yellow

Adebayo Akinfenwa……1 yellow

Sido Jombati………………1 yellow

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

Dayle Southwell…………1 yellow


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


Previous Meetings

In 32 previous meetings there have been 15 wins for Wycombe, 12 for Chesterfield and 5 draws.

At Adams Park the tally is 10 wins for the Chairboys, 2 for the Spireites and 4 draws.

1993/94 LG2: Wycombe 0 Chesterfield 1

1995/96 LG1: Wycombe 1 Chesterfield 0

1996/97 LG1: Wycombe 1 Chesterfield 0

1997/98 LG1: Wycombe 1 Chesterfield 1

1998/99 FAC: Wycombe 1 Chesterfield 0

1998/99 LG1: Wycombe 1 Chesterfield 0

1999/00 LG1: Wycombe 3 Chesterfield 0

2001/02 LG1: Wycombe 0 Chesterfield 0

2002/03 LG1: Wycombe 2 Chesterfield 0

2003/04 LG1: Wycombe 3 Chesterfield 3

2007/08 LG2: Wycombe 1 Chesterfield 0

2008/09 LG2: Wycombe 1 Chesterfield 1

2010/11 LG2: Wycombe 1 Chesterfield 2

2011/12 LG1: Wycombe 3 Chesterfield 2

2012/13 LG2: Wycombe 2 Chesterfield 1

2013/14 LG2: Wycombe 1 Chesterfield 0


The Man In The Middle

Saturday’s referee is Nick Kinseley from Essex who was promoted to the National List of Referees in 2015.

Last season he took charge of three Wycombe games. A 1-0 defeat at Crawley, a 1-0 home win over Exeter and a 2-1 victory at Grimsby Town

During the current campaign he’s issued 4 red and 62 yellow cards in 16 appearances.


Prediction

Wycombe 2 Chesterfield 1