Wycombe Wanderers enter the weekend sitting second in the Sky Bet League One table, and the Chairboys are hoping to replicate the success from two seasons ago that saw the club earn promotion to the EFL Championship for the first time in the club’s history.
In a 2019-20 season that was shortened due to the COVID pandemic, Wycombe Wanderers finished third in the League One table, allowing the club to grab a play-off spot seeking promotion to the second division.
A two-legged 6-3 aggregate score line against Fleetwood Town led the Chairboys to play Oxford United in the Play-Off final at Wembley Stadium. Wycombe won 2-1 claiming promotion in the process.
A remarkable achievement for the team who only earned promotion from Sky Bet League Two following the 2017-18 campaign. Although results didn’t go their way last year in the Championship and they were ultimately relegated back to League One, the Chairboys are in prime position for a quick return to the second division.
Wycombe Wanderers use a high-attacking style to score bundles of goals in manager Gareth Ainsworth’s mix between a 5-3-2 formation and a 4-1-3-2 look. Either way, you’ll find three midfielders and a duo of attackers up top for Wycombe.
The philosophy has remained the same throughout the Ainsworth tenure at Adams Park – score more goals than your opponent.
Entering the game against Rovers, Wycombe hold a record of six wins, five losses and four draws across all competitions. This includes a loss to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup, as well as a pair of Papa John’s Trophy defeats to an Aston Villa U21 squad and MK Dons, respectfully.
However, for the Chairboys, it’s all about the league form in order to try and bounce back to the Championship on the first time of asking. In League One, Wycombe Wanderers hold a record of seven wins, two losses and two draws. The only league defeats have come away to MK Dons and away to Sunderland.
As previously mentioned, Wycombe is second in the league table behind Plymouth Argyle on goal difference, as the two teams are tied with 23 points each. But Wycombe does have a game in hand over Plymouth Argyle.
Leading the charge for the Chairboys this season is the man responsible for being the face of the club since his arrival in 2016 – “The Beast” Adebayo Akinfenwa…also sometimes referred to as “the strongest man in football”. Akinfenwa has scored one goal this season in 11 matches played.
It’s Jamaican international Garath McCleary providing the goals for the club, as he leads all Chairboys with five, followed by former Burnley and Stoke City striker Sam Vokes with three goals on the year. A trio of players have two goals apiece in the form of Brandon Hanlan, Oli Pendlebury and Ryan Tafazolli. Meanwhile, balls are sent into the box from Joe Jacobson, as the left back has whipped in 88 crosses and has a team-leading 29 interceptions to go along with 18 tackles won in defence. Jordan Obita delivers from the midfield area with 38 crosses, 11 interceptions and 12 tackles won.
The head-to-head between the two teams has been tight and produced memorable contests, with Wycombe Wanderers having won three, lost two and drawn one in the last six meetings between the two clubs.