Date: 8th April 2016 at 1:48am
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Wycombe Wanderers travel to York City on Saturday for their 41st league game of the season.

The Chairboys were comfortably beaten 2-1 by play-off rivals AFC Wimbledon at Adams Park last weekend.

It was converted right-back Michael Harriman who scored for the home side yet again, bagging his 8th of the season to become Wycombe’s top goalscorer from open play.

Wanderers went into the game on the back of a goalless draw at Notts County on Easter Monday, and have now won three, drawn three and lost three of their last nine league matches.

Gareth Ainsworth’s side remain in the final play-off spot but Carlisle and Orient are only a point behind, while Exeter and Wimbledon are two points adrift, with the Dons having a game in hand (at home to Pompey).

With only six games remaining, here’s a summary of how the five contenders have fared in their last six games?

Exeter??.?..14 points

Carlisle???..9 points

Wycombe.?..9 points

Orient??.?..7 points

Wimb’don…..7 points

Wanderers’ run-in starts with three games against teams in the bottom half of the table, and finishes with three games against top-six sides.

The form of their six remaining opponents in the final third of the current season (game 31 onwards) is as follows?

York City?..?0.3 points per game (Rank 24)

Barnet????1.5 points per game (Rank 10)

Yeovil???….1.9 points per game (Rank 4)

Pompey??..1.89 points per game (Rank 5)

Accrington??1.6 points per game (Rank 9)

Oxford????.1.8 points per game (Rank 7)

*Wycombe?.1.2 points per game (Rank 16)

So, barring York, who have collected only 3 points out of the last possible 30, Wanderers have five matches against teams in top-ten form regardless of their current league positions.

It’s going to be tough, but one things’s for sure, if the Chairboys don’t start scoring goals, it will be one of the other four contenders who take the final play off place.

York would be a good place to start. The Minstermen have conceded a whopping 85 goals this season, and have failed to take a single point from their 12 games against sides currently occupying the top eight places.

Needless to say, they’ve still scored two goals more than Wanderers.

Ainsworth made two changes to his starting line-up last time out with midfielder Matt Bloomfield and loan striker Jerell Sellars replacing Max Kretzschmar and striker Gozie Ugwu who both dropped to the bench.

The Blues’ boss has no new injury concerns ahead of this weekend’s clash with the Minstermen and is boosted by the return of midfielder Marcus Bean, who is available again after serving a three-match ban.

The status of midfielder Luke O’Nien’s knee injury is unknown, as is the fate of winger Sam Wood.

Goalkeeper Alex Lynch is back in training following a torn thigh muscle but is unlikely to feature in the squad, whilst defender Danny Rowe remains sidelined with a hamstring injury.

York City missed the chance to bank an elusive three points when they let slip a first-half lead to draw 1-1 with Leyton Orient at Bootham Crescent last weekend.

The Minstermen weren’t helped by the loss of loan defender William Boyle to a second yellow card, and were unable to hold on for a win they desperately needed.

They have lost an incredible 26 points from winning positions this season and are now without a victory in their last ten league matches.

The Minstermen have lost seven and drawn three of those games to lie second bottom of the table, nine points behind 22nd-placed Stevenage and in imminent danger of a return to non-league football after a four year stint back in the football league.

Manager Jackie McNamara made just one change to his starting line-up last time out with midfielder James Berrett handed a recall to the side, replacing midfielder Russell Penn, who missed out through injury.

Winger Michael Coulson kept his place in the side as he continues to battle with a sore groin whilst striker Jake Hyde returned to the bench as he also recovers from a groin problem. There was no place in the squad for loan defender Kyle Cameron after returning from international duty with the Scotland under-18s.

Defender Femi Ilesanmi was forced off with a hamstring strain and is a major doubt for this weekend’s clash with the Chairboys. Penn remains doubtful with a badly bruised knee whilst Coulson and Hyde will have late fitness tests. William Boyle serves a one-match ban.

Here are some stats…


York City Home Record……W 5 – D 6 – L 9 – Pts 21…Ppg 1.05 (Rank-22)

Wycombe Away Record……W 8 – D 6 – L 6 – Pts 30…Ppg 1.50 (Rank-10)


League positions & comparison with last season

York City (15 points worse off)

After 40 games this season the Minstermen are 23rd with 29 points

After 40 games last season they were 20th with 44 pts


Wycombe (13 points worse off)

After 40 games this season the Chairboys are 7th with 61 points

After 40 games last season they were 3rd with 74 points


York City’s last five games (All Competitions)

Lg2: Barnet (H)………………Drew 1-1

Lg2: Wimbledon (A)…………Lost 1-2

Lg2: Crawley (H)…………….Drew 2-2

Lg2: Plymouth (A)……………Lost 2-3

Lg2: Orient (H)………………Drew 1-1


Wycombe’s last five games (All Competitions)

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

Lg2: Wimbledon (H)…………Lost 1-2


York City Goal Scorers – (All Competitions)

Oliver…………………………..9

Coulson……………………….7

Fewster………………………..7

Summerfield…………………6 (inc 4 pens)

Berrett…………………………5

Penn……………………………3

Thompson……………………3

Winfield……………………….2

Alessandra……………………1

Carson…………………………1

Galbraith……………………..1

Godfrey……………………….1

Lowe……………………………1

McCombe…………………….1

McEvoy………………………..1

Nolan…………………………..1

Turner………………………….1


Wycombe Goal Scorers – (All Competitions)

Michael Harriman…………….8

Garry Thompson………………8 (inc 1 pen)

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


York City Goal Stats (45 games in all Competitions)

Goals Scored (Total)………..Lg: 44…Cups: 7…..Total: 51

Goals Conceded (Total)……Lg: 75…Cups: 10…Total: 85

Goals Scored (Home)……….Lg: 28…Cups: 4…..Total: 32

Goals Conceded (Home)…..Lg: 35…Cups: 2…..Total: 37

Clean Sheets……………………Lg: 4…..Cups: 1…..Total: 5

Failed to Score…………………Lg: 10…Cups: 1…..Total: 11


Wycombe Goal Stats (46 games in all Competitions)

Goals Scored (Total)………….Lg: 42…Cups: 7…Total: 49

Goals Conceded (Total)……..Lg: 36…Cups: 7…Total: 43

Goals Scored (Away)…………Lg: 18…Cups: 6…Total: 24

Goals Conceded (Away)…….Lg: 14…Cups: 5…Total: 19

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: 136…Cups: 21…Total: 157

Shots on-target (against)…..Lg: 145…Cups: 29…Total: 174

Shots off-target (for)………….Lg: 247…Cups: 52…Total: 299

Shots off-target (against)…..Lg: 213…Cups: 48…Total: 261

Corners (for)……………………..Lg: 210…Cups: 23…Total: 233

Corners (against)……………….Lg: 213…Cups: 27…Total: 240

Average possession (for)………….Lg: 49.94%…Cups: 43.7%

Average possession (against)……Lg: 50.06%…Cups: 56.3%


Discipline – (All Competitions)

York City……….5 Red Cards – 66 Yellow Cards

Wycombe……..3 Red Cards – 68 Yellow Cards

Michael Harriman………….8 yellow

Luke O’Nien…………………..8 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

York City……..Pld: 40…W: 6…..D: 11…L: 23…Pts: 29…Pts per game: 0.73

Wycombe……Pld: 40…W: 17…D: 10…L: 13…Pts: 61…Pts per game: 1.53


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

York City……..Pld: 15…W: 2…D: 6…L: 7…Pts: 12…Ppg: 0.80 (Rank-21)

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


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

York City……..Pld: 15…W: 4…D: 2…L: 9…Pts: 14…Ppg: 0.93 (Rank-21)

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


Final-third of the season (game 31 onwards)

York City………Pld: 10…W: 0…D: 3…L: 7…Pts: 3…..Ppg: 0.30 (Rank-24)

Wycombe…….Pld: 10…W: 3…D: 3…L: 4…Pts: 12…Ppg: 1.20 (Rank-16)


Last Five league Games

York City………..DLDLD – 3 points (Rank-21)

Wycombe……..DDWDL – 6 points (Rank-13)


Last Five League Games (Home)

York City………..LLDDD – 3 points (Rank-23)


Last Five League Games (Away)

Wycombe……….LLDDD – 3 points (Rank-18)


Against Top-Third Opposition

York City………Pld: 12…Pts: 0…..Pts per game: 0.00 (Rank-24)

Wycombe…….Pld: 11…Pts: 13…Pts per game: 1.18 (Rank-7)


Against Middle-Third Opposition

York City……….Pld: 16…Pts: 12…Pts per game: 0.75 (Rank-22)

Wycombe……..Pld: 15…Pts: 27…Pts per game: 1.80 (Rank-6)


Against Bottom-Third Opposition

York City……….Pld: 12…Pts: 17…Pts per game: 1.42 (Rank-19)

Wycombe……..Pld: 14…Pts: 21…Pts per game: 1.50 (Rank-17)


First 45 mins v Second 45 mins – Performance Comparison

First 45 mins

Wycombe…….W: 7….D: 24…L: 9…Gf:14…Ga:15…Ppg: 1.13

Second 45 mins

Wycombe…….W: 17…D: 15…L: 8…Gf:28..Ga:21…Ppg: 1.65


York City’s league record last season

Home….W:5…..D:10…L:8…..GF:16 GA:21 – Pts:25

Away…..W:6…..D:9….L:8…..GF:30 GA:30 – Pts:27

Total…..W:11…D:19…L:16…GF:46 GA:51 – Pts:52

Final position: 18th 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 18 previous meetings there have been 7 wins for York, 7 for Wycombe and 4 draws.

At Bootham Crescent the tally is 6 wins for the Minstermen. 1 for the Chairboys and 2 draws.

1985/86: Fac York 2 Wycombe 0

1994/95: Lg1 York 0 Wycombe 0

1995/96: Lg1 York 2 Wycombe 1

1996/97: Lg1 York 2 Wycombe 0

1997/98: Lg1 York 2 Wycombe 0

1998/99: Lg1 York 3 Wycombe 0

2012/13: Lg1 York 1 Wycombe 3

2013/14: Lg2 York 2 Wycombe 0

2014/15: Lg2 York 0 Wycombe 0


The Man In The Middle

Saturday’s referee is Eddie Ilderton from Tyne & Wear who was promoted to the National List of Referees in 2002.

Last season he took charge of Wanderers’ 3-2 win at Northampton and their goalless draw at Mansfield.

During the current campaign he’s issued 4 red and 58 yellow cards in 27 outings.


Prediction

York City 0 Wycombe 1