Wycombe Wanderers return to League One action this weekend after a ten-day break with their brilliant run at Adams Park set to come under threat from a Barnsley side flying high in the table and aiming to close the gap on the top two.
Due to their early exit from the FA Cup, the Chairboys had a well-deserved rest from action last week after their heroics to come from behind and win 2-1 at fellow surprise package Accrington, their first league away success since August.
That followed an astonishing run of five consecutive home wins in the league, including a shock win over promotion contenders Peterborough and a couple of entertaining 3-2 victories.
With Wanderers sitting tenth in the table, Chairboys fans are daring to dream of a second successive promotion, although the focus is still on securing enough points to stay up in League One for the first time since 2003.
Wycombe manager Gareth Ainsworth has been the subject of some speculation surrounding the vacant Reading job, although the prospect of new owners and a very successful season should be enough to make him stay in South Bucks.
Barnsley are the opposition on Saturday and are yet to fall out of the playoff places at any point this campaign with inexperienced German boss Daniel Stendel overseeing a solid start to the season.
A 4-2 loss to Sunderland ten days ago was followed by a 4-2 win over Southend in the FA Cup to set up a trip to Premier League Burnley and a penalty shootout defeat against Manchester City’s youth team in the Checkatrade Trophy.
The latest emergency goalkeeper signing was announced this week as Ryan Allsop and Yves Ma-Kalambay are still on the treatment table, and it was Stephen Henderson who follows on from Matt Ingram and David Stockdale with Ainsworth not wanting to risk young shot-stopper Cameron Yates.
Sam Saunders still seems to either be injured/unwanted and it looks like he’s unlikely to return soon, although Matt Bloomfield could be in line for a return against the Tykes while Anthony Stewart and Nathan Tyson should be close to full fitness.
The suspended Dimitri Cavaré will sit out Barnsley’s visit to Adams Park with Jacob Brown or Jordan Williams likely to take his place. Some of the more notable players in the South Yorkshire side’s squad include Kieffer Moore, Brad Potts and Alex Mowatt. The former has thirteen goals to his name in 2018-19.
Other players for the Chairboys to watch out for are Mamadou Thiam and Cameron McGeehan, while Jason McCarthy will come up against his old club on Saturday.
Due to Barnsley almost always being in a higher league than Wanderers since the Chairboys joined the Football League, the two sides have only met four times in total with the last game being all the way back in 2004.
Wycombe have yet to beat the Tykes, although they have picked up three draws with Jermaine McSporran and Roger Johnson scoring in a 2-2 draw at Adams Park in March 2003.