Wycombe Wanderers’ 14th game of their league campaign sees them host a Scunthorpe side just five places above them in the standings.
The Chairboys fell to a narrow 1-0 defeat after a disappointing performance against Coventry last weekend, but the story could’ve been oh so different had ‘keeper Ryan Allsop found the net with the last kick of the game when it looked easier to score than to miss. An undeserved point would’ve extended Wanderers’ unbeaten run to three matches, but they are hoping to start a new one against the Iron on Saturday.
New Scunny manager Stuart McCall has improved results slightly since the sacking of Nick Daws in late August following a 5-0 defeat at home to Fleetwood, but it’s still some way off the play-off campaigns of the last two seasons. Having gone six games unbeaten since appointing McCall, the Iron have now lost their last two in League One so it should be a winnable tie for Wycombe who look to follow their three points last time out in Buckinghamshire against Burton with another positive performance on Saturday.
Adam El-Abd was thrown back into the starting eleven for the first time in six weeks against the Sky Blues, which came completely out of the blue as did an injury to Darius Charles. The limited information given by Chairboys manager Gareth Ainsworth means that we could see any defensive selection line-up against the northeners. All being well, El-Abd will probably start alongside Jason McCarthy at centre-back with Joe Jacobson and Michael Harriman the full-backs.
Bryn Morris has only been good enough for a place on the bench in the last couple of games, and Curtis Thompson has taken full advantage so should retain his spot with Matt Bloomfield and Dom Gape his most likely midfield partners if Ainsworth sticks with the 433 formation. Adebayo Akinfenwa failed to score for the first time in five games against Coventry, although he will be expected to start on Saturday. Craig Mackail-Smith’s hard-working but fruitless performances of late could see him dropped for the likes of Scott Kashket or Paris Cowan-Hall, with similar pressure on the starting berth of Randell Williams.
Scunthorpe received a big blow in midweek with the news that Matt Lund and Josh Morris are both likely to be out injured for a sustained period of time. George Thomas has returned to Glanford Park after appearing for Wales in the Nations League, while Ike Ugbo and James Horsfield are both back in contention for the trip to Adams Park.
GK: Ryan Allsop
LB: Joe Jacobson
CB: Adam El-Abd
CB: Jason McCarthy
RB: Michael Harriman
CM: Matt Bloomfield
CM: Dom Gape
LW: Randell Williams
CF: Adebayo Akinfenwa
RW: Paris Cowan-Hall
Wycombe and Scunthorpe last met in the 2013-14 season when they were both in League Two, and both games ended in low-scoring draws. Overall, the two outfits have crossed paths on ten occasions, with Wanderers winning five, the Iron winning two, and five games drawn.
The Chairboys haven’t got three points against Scunny since February 2005, though, so it’s another club who they are looking to get one over after a spell of disappointing results. They will certainly need an improved performance from their last game if they are to get another win at home and rise back up the table.