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PREVIEW: Sky Blues Entertain Wycombe Wanderers

City return to League One action...

12 October 2018

 

Factfile
Founded: 1887
Stadium: Adams Park
Capacity: 10,137
Address: Sands Industrial Estate, Hillbottom Road, High Wycombe, HP12 4HJ.
Pitch Size: 115 x 75 yards.
Club Nickname: The Chairboys or The Blues.
Year Ground Opened: 1990

 

Famous Game: 2001 FA Cup Quarter Final vs Leicester City 2001.

Second division side Wycombe would go on a fairytale cup run during the 2000-01 season, as the club reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup.

Lawrie Sanchez's team defeated First Division sides Grimsby Town, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Wimbledon which set up a quarter-final with Premier League Leicester City.

Wycombe ran out 2-1 winners after striker Roy Essandoh headed an injury-time winner at Filbert Street.

Wycombe would go on to face Liverpool in the semi-final at Villa Park, where they were narrowly be defeated 2-1.

The cup run would go down as the closest that Wycombe have ever come to lifting the famous old trophy.

 

Club Legend: Martin O'Neill

After a hugely successful playing career in which he won back to back European Cup's with Nottingham Forest in 1979 and 1980, Martin O'Neill moved into management.

Following brief spells with Grantham Town and Shepshed Charterhouse, O'Neill became manager of Wycombe Wanderers in February 1980.

In the 1991-92 season O'Neill's Wycombe finished 2nd place in the Conference, losing out to Colchester United only on goal difference.

O'Neill would lead Wycombe up the divisions promotion in 1992-93 led the Wanderers into the football league for the very first time in their history.

A consecutive promotion would follow in the 1993-94 season, as Wycombe won the Division 3 play-offs with a 4-2 win over Preston North End.

Wycombe would go close to a hat-trick of consecutive promotions after O'Neill's side narrowly missed out on the division play offs the following year.

Martin O'Neill left the club in June 1995 to manage Norwich City and he would go on to manage Leicester City, Celtic, Aston Villa and Sunderland.

The current Republic of Ireland boss would go down as the most successful manager in Wycombe Wanderers' History, having also won the FA Trophy in 1991 and 1993.

 

Last Six

Win - Wycombe 2-1 Fulham U21s
Draw - Portsmouth 2-2 Wycombe
Loss - Wycombe 3-4 Norwich
Loss - Wycombe 2-3 Southend
Draw - Fleetwood 1-1 Wycombe
Win - Wycombe 2-1 Burton

 

Head-to-Head

Sky Blues (W): 6
Draw: 0
Wycombe Wanderers (W): 1

 

Opposition

After their first win in eight games last weekend against Burton Albion, Wycombe will be looking to pick up some form as the visit the Ricoh this weekend. Gareth Ainsworth side currently sit in 17th, three points behind the Sky Blues. However, a win for Coventry could push them into the top 10.

Both clubs were promoted from League Two last season, where the Sky Blues came out on top in both fixtures last year winning 3-2 last time the Chairboys came to the Ricoh and a 1-0 victory when the Sky Blues travelled to Adams Park.

Wycombe and Coventry have played each other seven times in the clubs’ histories, the Sky Blues have won 6 out of the 7 fixtures. The Chairboys will be looking to get their first victory over Coventry since 1993 this weekend.

 

Last Time We Met

The two sides met last season, as both Wycombe and Coventry chased promotion to League One.

The Sky Blues completed the double over Wanderers last season, after Marc McNulty's penalty late into the second half gave the Coventry a 1-0 win.

The win ended a winless run of five league games, and pushed the Sky Blues within three points of League Two's top seven.

 

Sky Bet Odds

The Sky Blues go into this weekends fixture as favourites at 5/4, with a Wycombe victory at 2/1.

For each club’s last weekend result of 2-1 to be matched, it is placed at 17/2 for a 2-1 Coventry win and 11/1 for a 2-1 Wycombe win.

After last weekends brace for Bakayoko, he has been placed at 5/1 to score first along with Chaplin and Clarke-Harris at the same odds. Wycombe’s top goalscorer Scott Kashket put at 11/4 to score first with the second top goalscorer Adebayo Akinfenwa at 5/2.


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