Date: 11th January 2018 at 7:48pm
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Wycombe Wanderers entertain Colchester United on Saturday in their 27th league game of the season.

The Chairboys were thrashed 5-1 by Preston North End in an FA Cup third round tie at Adams Park on Saturday.

In stark contrast to their sterling efforts against higher league opposition in the previous two seasons, this was a dismal performance from Wanderers who looked tired and were outclassed in every department.

The one positive was the return of striker Scott Kashket who made his first appearance of the season as a second half substitute.

Manager Gareth Ainsworth was quick to put the result behind him, preferring to concentrate on the 20 games still to play as his side targets promotion to League One.

Wanderers are currently 5th with 43 points from 26 games, exactly the same position and number of points as they had at the same stage last season.

But the final 20 games of last season produced just 26 points, with the Chairboys winning 7, drawing 5 and losing 8, including a disastrous run of 6 defeats in a row.

That was enough to scupper Wanderers’ hopes of even a play-off place, and everyone connected with the club will be hoping for a more fruitful end to the season this time around.

Ainsworth made three changes to his starting line-up against the Lilywhites.

Adam El-Abd, Marcus Bean and Nathan Tyson were all handed recalls at the expense of Will de Havilland, Dominic Gape and Craig Mackail-Smith who all dropped to the bench.

Ainsworth has revealed no new injury concerns ahead of this weekend’s clash with old rivals Colchester.

Anthony Stewart (calf) and Sido Jombati (knee) both remain sidelined, while Michael Harriman continues his rehabilitation after breaking a leg in September.

Dayle Southwell has left the club and joined Guiseley on a permanent deal for an undisclosed fee.

Colchester United let slip a first-half lead to lose 4-1 at home to Cheltenham Town at the weekend.

The U`s went down to ten men when winger Kyle Reid was shown a straight red card after 44 minutes.

It was only a second defeat in the last 14 league matches for United, who lie 9th in the table with 41 points, one point more than they had at the same stage last season.

Having played a game more than Wanderers, Colchester have won 11, drawn 8 and lost 8 of their 27 league matches.

Head coach John McGreal made three changes to the starting line-up against the Robins.

Kurtis Guthrie made his first league start since February after recovering from a long-term ankle injury, while Reid and Brandon Comley were both handed recalls to the side.

Cole Kpekawa, Sean Murray and Sammy Szmodics all dropped to the bench.

Doug Loft was back in the squad after recovering from a shoulder injury and he was joined on the bench by new signing Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe.

Comley and Kane Vincent-Young will be assessed ahead of this weekend’s trip to Adams Park after picking up knocks.

Reid serves the first of a three-match ban although his current loan deal from Coventry City ended anyway.

Star man Sammy Szmodics has been linked with a £1million move to Premier League AFC Bournemouth.

Loanee Ryan Inniss and Brennan Dickenson are sidelined with shoulder and acl injuries respectively.

Luke Prosser played 67 minutes in an Essex Senior Cup this week after missing 14 months with ACL knee injury.


Here are some stats…


Colchester Away Record……W 5 – D 3 – L 5 – Pts 18 – Ppg 1.38 (Rank-10)

Wycombe Home Record……W 7 – D 3 – L 3 – Pts 24 – Ppg 1.85 (Rank-9)


League positions & comparison with last season

Colchester (1 point better off)

After 27 games this season the U`s are 9th with 41 points

After 27 games last season they were 7th with 40 points


Wycombe (same number of points)

After 26 games this season the Chairboys are 5th with 43 points

After 26 games last season they were 5th with 43 points


Colchester’s last five games (All Competitions)

Lg2: Port Vale (H)…………….Drew 1-1

Lg2: Crawley (A)……………….Won 2-0

Lg2: Chesterfield (A)………..Drew 0-0

Lg2: Cambridge (H)………….Drew 0-0

Lg2: Cheltenham (H)…………Lost 1-4


Wycombe’s last five games (All Competitions)

Lg2: Coventry (A)………………Lost 2-3

Lg2: Newport (H)……………..Won 2-0

Lg2: Mansfield (H)…………….Lost 1-2

Lg2: Forest Green (A)……….Won 2-1

FAC Preston (H)………………..Lost 1-5


Colchester Goal Scorers – (All Competitions)

Szmodics……………..12 (inc 2 pens)

Mandron……………..8

Reid…………………….3

Kent…………………….3

Hanlan…………………2

Jackson………………..2

Murray………………..2

Eastman………………1

Guthrie………………..1

McKeown…………….1

Odelusi………………..1

Senior………………….1

Vincent-Young……..1

Own Goals…………..1


Wycombe Goal Scorers – (All Competitions)

Adebayo Akinfenwa………..13

Craig Mackail-Smith………..8

Eberechi Eze…………………..5

Joe Jacobson…………………..5 (inc 3 pens)

Luke O’Nien……………………4

Paris Cowan-Hall…………….3

Nick Freeman…………………3

Nathan Tyson…………………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………..10

Joe Jacobson…………………..4

Nick Freeman………………….3

Michael Harriman…………..3

Craig Mackail-Smith………..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

Dan Scarr………………………..1

Jack Williams……………………1


Colchester Goal Stats (32 games in all Competitions)

Goals Scored (Total)………..Lg: 36…Cups: 3…Total: 39

Goals Conceded (Total)……Lg: 31…Cups: 8…Total: 39

Goals Scored (Away)………..Lg: 14…Cups: 0…Total: 14

Goals Conceded (Away)……Lg: 17…Cups: 2…Total: 19

Clean Sheets……………………Lg: 9…..Cups: 0…Total: 9

Failed to Score…………………Lg: 7…..Cups: 3…Total: 10


Wycombe Goal Stats (33 games in all Competitions)

Goals Scored (Total)………..Lg: 46…Cups: 9…..Total: 55

Goals Conceded (Total)……Lg: 35…Cups: 14…Total: 49

Goals Scored (Home)………Lg: 27…Cups: 7…..Total: 34

Goals Conceded (Home)….Lg: 18…Cups: 13…Total: 31

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: 145…Cups: 40…Total: 185

Shots on-target (against)……Lg: 97…..Cups: 34…Total: 131

Shots off-target (for)………….Lg: 216…Cups: 53…Total: 269

Shots off-target (against)……Lg: 153…Cups: 40…Total: 193

Corners (for)………………………Lg: 144…Cups: 45…Total: 189

Corners (against)………………..Lg: 110…Cups: 34…Total: 144

Ave possession (for)……………Lg: 50.96%…..Cups: 50.14%

Ave possession (against)……..Lg: 49.04%…..Cups: 49.86%


League Form Guide

All Season

Colchester…….Pld: 27…W: 11…D: 8…L: 8…Pts: 41…Pts per game: 1.52

Wycombe……..Pld: 26…W: 12…D: 7…L: 7…Pts: 43…Pts per game: 1.65


Last Five league Games

Colchester……….DWDDL – 6 points (Rank-18)

Wycombe………..WLWLW – 9 points (Rank-6)


Last Five League Games (Away)

Colchester…….WLWWD – 10 points (Rank-4)


Last Five League Games (Home)

Wycombe…….WWWWL – 12 points (Rank-3)


First 45 mins v Second 45 mins – Performance Comparison

First 45 mins

Wycombe…….W: 10…D: 10…L: 6…Gf: 22…Ga: 14…Ppg: 1.54

Second 45 mins

Wycombe…….W: 10…D: 8…..L: 8…Gf: 24…Ga: 21…Ppg: 1.46


Discipline *

Colchester……3 Red Cards – 51 Yellow Cards

Wycombe…….0 Red Cards – 58 Yellow Cards

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

Joe Jacobson………………8 yellow

Adam El Abd………………5 yellow

Luke O’Nien……………….5 yellow

Sam Saunders……………5 yellow

Matt Bloomfield…………3 yellow

Scott Brown……………….3 yellow

Dominic Gape…………….3 yellow

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

Dan Scarr…………………..2 yellow (inc 1 Checkatrade)

Dayle Southwell…………2 yellow

Will de Havilland……….1 yellow

Nathan Tyson…………….1 yellow

From FA website *


Previous Meetings

In 26 previous meetings (excluding non-league clashes) there have been 7 wins for Wycombe, 7 for Colchester and 12 draws.

In Wycombe there have been 4 wins for the U’s, 2 for the Blues and 7 draws.

1985/86 FAC: Wycombe 2 Colchester 0

1993/94 LG2: Wycombe 2 Colchester 5

1998/99 LG1: Wycombe 2 Colchester 2

1999/00 LG1: Wycombe 3 Colchester 0

2000/01 LG1: Wycombe 1 Colchester 1

2001/02 LG1: Wycombe 0 Colchester 0

2002/03 LG1: Wycombe 0 Colchester 0

2003/04 LG1: Wycombe 1 Colchester 2

2003/04 FLT: Wycombe 2 Colchester 3

2009/10 LG1: Wycombe 1 Colchester 1

2011/12 LCP: Wycombe 3 Colchester 3 (Wycombe win on pens)

2011/12 LG1: Wycombe 0 Colchester 0

2016/17 LG2: Wycombe 0 Colchester 2


Colchester’s record last season

Home….W:14…D:4…..L:5…..GF:43 – GA:27 – Pts:46

Away…..W:5…..D:8…..L:10…GF:24 – GA:30 – Pts:23

Total……W:19…D:12…L:15…GF:67 – GA:57 – Pts:69

Final position: 8th 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

Saturday’s referee is John Busby from Oxfordshire who was promoted to the National List of Referees in 2016.

Last season he took charge of Wycombe`s 5-1 home win over Crewe and their 1-0 victory at Newport County.

During the current campaign he’s issued 4 red and 77 yellow cards in 30 appearances.


Prediction

Wycombe 2 Colchester 2