Wycombe Wanderers Preview v Coventry City

After finally getting their first home league win of the season last weekend, Wycombe Wanderers are back on the road on Saturday as they travel to The Ricoh Arena to face Coventry City.

Adebayo Akinfenwa’s 200th goal in English football helped the Chairboys on their way to a vital win over Burton Albion, one that also ended a five-match losing streak against the Brewers. The Sky Blues should pose a tougher challenge though, but the 700 or so travelling Wanderers fans will be hoping for a second consecutive win to take their beloved team further up the table.

Team news

Despite a training session at trampoline park ‘Rush’ on Tuesday, there are no fresh injury worries for Gareth Ainsworth, although a standout performance from Curtis Thompson against Burton will have put him in the picture for another starting place. If Wycombe remain with a 433 formation, you feel Bryn Morris would also come back in with Matt Bloomfield the most likely to drop to the bench. Craig Mackail-Smith also impressed against Burton with his work-ethic so should start up front with Akinfenwa and Randell Williams. As always though, Ainsworth has a plethora of options for his forward line. Darius Charles took part in the EFL Mental Health Day on Wednesday, and is likely to remain in the side for the trip to the West Midlands.

The former Wimbledon man may start alongside the returning Sido Jombati at centre-back. Michael Harriman’s recent performances should warrant another spot in the team, although Jason McCarthy and Joe Jacobson will be hard to drop. Gareth Ainsworth may opt with McCarthy at centre-back though to allow Harriman to come in. Nathan Tyson, Adam-El Abd and Anthony Stewart remain doubts.

Mark Robins’ men have one of the youngest squads in League One with the likes of Tom Bayliss, Jordan Shipley and Dominic Hyam all making impressions on the first team recently. Amadou Bakayoko scored twice in the Sky Blues’ comeback win away at Charlton last weekend, while Conor Chaplin only has one goal to his name for Coventry so far after signing from Portsmouth. The Ricoh club have also recently made it their ambition to secure their future at the venue past the end of this season, which is how far their current deal extends to.

Predicted eleven

GK: Ryan Allsop

LB: Joe Jacobson

CB: Darius Charles

CB: Jason McCarthy

RB: Michael Harriman

CM: Bryn Morris

CM: Dom Gape

CM: Curtis Thompson

LW: Randell Williams

CF: Adebayo Akinfenwa

RW: Craig Mackail-Smith

Previous meetings

Five of Wycombe’s seven meetings with Coventry have come in cup competitions, with three of those in the Johnstone’s Paint/Checkatrade Trophy and two in the League Cup. City have come out on top in four of those, with the Chairboys’ only success coming in October 1993 in the then-named Coca-Cola Cup.

The two clubs met in League matches for the first time, last season, with the Sky Blues winning 3-2 at The Ricoh just before Christmas and also taking the spoils, 1-0, on a bitterly cold evening at Adams Park in late February.


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