The FA Cup returns for EFL clubs this weekend – a competition that Chairboys fans have fond memories of in recent years, reaching the third round at least in each of the last three seasons which included unforgettable trips to Villa Park and White Hart Lane.
On Tuesday night, Wycombe crashed out of the Checkatrade Trophy, looking out of ideas against an Oxford side who eased to a 3-0 win in front of 1300 hardy fans. They did win a couple of games in the EFL Cup though, edging past a pair of League Two outfits on penalties before ending up on the wrong side of a thriller against Championship high-flyers Norwich City.
Saturday’s opponents Luton Town have met the Chairboys already this season in a 1-1 draw at Adams Park – Joe Jacobson being made to rue his missed penalty. Both clubs have improved their league position since then, Wanderers with four League One wins in a row in South Buckinghamshire, while the Hatters have only lost twice in eleven matches since their visit to High Wycombe.
The midweek trophy match against Oxford saw Anthony Stewart and Nathan Tyson make a return to the matchday scene, taking part in the pre-game warm-ups. In Tyson’s case, he will be determined to make an appearance at Kenilworth Road on Saturday after his double there in January pushed Wycombe significantly towards promotion. Gareth Ainsworth values the FA Cup highly so will play his strongest possible eleven for the short trip to Bedfordshire with Adebayo Akinfenwa and Michael Harriman set to return from knocks.
The return of Harriman could see Darius Charles drop to the bench, while Alex Samuel may retain his place in the side alongside the Beast. Fred Onyedinma and Randell Williams should start on the wings if Ainsworth remains with the 442 that has seen so much success, especially at home, recently. Controversial figure for Wanderers fans, Danny Hylton, was dismissed against Rochdale last weekend so will be suspended for Saturday’s local clash.
GK: Ryan Allsop
LB: Joe Jacobson
CB: Adam El-Abd
CB: Jason McCarthy
RB: Michael Harriman
LM: Fred Onyedinma
CM: Dom Gape
CM: Bryn Morris
RM: Paris Cowan-Hall
ST: Adebayo Akinfenwa
ST: Alex Samuel
With many heated games across recent years, and 26 meetings in total since 2001, there is plenty of history between these two. However, Saturday sees only the second FA Cup meeting between the Hatters and the Chairboys and the first at Kenilworth Road after Town came away from Adams Park with a 3-0 success back in December 2004.
The last few years have seen patterns emerge from Wycombe v Luton match-ups with Wanderers often producing stunning displays away from home, one of them televised on Sky, but unable to beat Nathan Jones’ men at home. In fact, none of their five wins against the Bedfordshire outfit have come at Adams Park. In comparison, Luton have won eleven with ten draws.