Wycombe Wanderers host Burton Albion on Saturday hoping to put an end to two unwanted trends.
The more current one of these is the fact that the Chairboys are yet to win at home in League One this season, which is the main reason why they find themselves languishing in the relegation zone of the third tier. Additionally, the Brewers have won their last five meetings with Wanderers, although they are yet to win away from home in 2018-19, so something has to give.
Adebayo Akinfenwa’s third goal in as many games after a fruitless start to the campaign earned Gareth Ainsworth’s men a point away at Fleetwood on Tuesday night, although that combined with a win for Bradford took the Chairboys into the bottom four. It’s still early days though, and Wycombe will be confident that they can win at Adams Park in League One for the first time since 2012 against a Burton side that have struggled to get points on the board after their perhaps overdue relegation from the Championship last season.
Wanderers made three changes to their team for the draw in the north-west in midweek, as Jacobson, Onyedinma and Kashket were dropped for Harriman, Williams and Mackail-Smith. Akinfenwa will probably retain his place in the eleven once again after finding the net at Highbury, and Onyedinma and Kashket may be in line to come back into the side having had a week-long rest. Joe Jacobson will also be expected to start, although it should be as well as Michael Harriman with Jason McCarthy playing at centre-back due to the suspension of Sido Jombati. Anthony Stewart, Adam El-Abd and Nathan Tyson will remain on the treatment table, and a rest may be in order for 34-year old Matt Bloomfield in midfield. The formation for Saturday’s game is still up for debate after some poor performances using 443 recently. Based on his spell in charge of the Chairboys, Ainsworth is more likely to stick with this so Curtis Thompson could play in the midfield three alongside Dom Gape and Bryn Morris.
Burton are doubtful over the fitness of David Templeton, Kyle McFadzean and Ben Turner, although goalkeepers Bradley Collins and Stephen Bywater are close to a return. Arguably, the main Brewers player for Wanderers to watch out for is Northern Ireland international Liam Boyce, who has previously scored bags of goals for Cliftonville and Ross County. He hasn’t quite had the same clinical nature at The Pirelli Stadium, although he was out injured for most of last season. Boyce already has six goals in all competitions this season, so could be the player that helps to extend the Chairboys’ winless home run in the league.
GK: Ryan Allsop
LB: Joe Jacobson
CB: Jason McCarthy
CB: Darius Charles
RB: Michael Harriman
CM: Dom Gape
CM: Curtis Thompson
CM: Bryn Morris
LW: Fred Onyedinma
CF: Adebayo Akinfenwa
RW: Scott Kashket
As mentioned earlier, the East Staffordshire club have had Wycombe’s number in the pair’s most recent meetings, although they haven’t crossed paths since April 2015, when the Brewers won 1-0 on their way to the League Two title. Wanderers did win their first three games against Burton though, including a 4-1 triumph in February 2011.
Wycombe’s most common result in League One in 2018-19 has been the draw, but they have never shared the points when against the Brewers. Saturday’s game is certainly a chance for one of the outfits to take all three points and rise up the table, although it remains to be seen which of the out of form teams this will be.