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PREVIEW | Millers v Wycombe Wanderers

25 October 2019

After an exceptional 2-0 victory at promotion hopefuls Ipswich Town, Rotherham United face another tricky fixture against an in-form Wycombe Wanderers side, and you can find all of the key information ahead of the clash below...

Fixture: Rotherham United V Wycombe Wanderers
Competition: Sky Bet League One
Date: Saturday 26th October 2019
Kick-Off: 3:00pm
Venue: AESSEAL New York Stadium
Referee: N.Hair

Rotherham United

Form: DLWWLW
League Position:
9th
Top Scorer:
Matt Crooks (5)

To the delight of travelling fans, Rotherham left Portman Road with a massive three points on Wednesday following a brace from midfielder Matt Crooks which condemned Ipswich to back-to-back defeats.

Rotherham have enjoed an upturn in form over the past few weeks, and a rresurgence has seen the Millers lose just one of their last four games.

Paul Warne’s side are now just one point off the play-off places as they bid to return to the second flight at the first time of asking.

The Millers defeated Coventry emphatically 4-0 a few weeks ago at the AESSEAL New York Stadium and will be hoping for a repeat performance on Saturday afternoon.

However, they will most probably have to make do without Clark Robertson once again as the Scotsman will likely not be risked. Kyle Vassell and Adam Thompson also remain sidelined. 

Wycombe Wanderers

Form: WDWDWD
League Position:
3rd
Top Scorer:
Adebayo Akinfenwa (5)

Wycombe have emerged as the surprise package of the Sky Bet League One season so far, earning a vastly respectable 27 points after 14 games.

The Chairboys have gone from a relegation battle last campaign to a promotion push, losing just one league game against Gillingham back in mid-September.

Unbeaten in their last six games, Gareth Ainsworth’s men are a different team from the previous season where they narrowly escaped the drop down to the fourth tier, as shown by impressive wins against Sunderland and Portsmouth in recent times.

Noticeably, Wycombe have picked up the majority of their points at Adams Park, whilst they have won just one game away from home all season, an emphatic 3-0 victory against Rochdale at the end of September.

On-loan forward Paul Smyth, central midfielder Fred Onyedinma and striker Alex Samuel are all edging closer to full fitness and could feature at the weekend.

One to watch: Adebayo Akinfenwa

Perhaps the most recognised name in the lower divisions of English football, Adebayo Akinfenwa has become well-known for his reliable goalscoring record over the years.

However, it is his physicality that is most impressive and that has earned him the nickname of ‘The Beast’, and he has been bullying League One and Two defences for the last decade.

The 37-year-old has scored 10 or more goals in nine of the past 11 seasons and earned a place in the League Two team of the year for his fine 18-goal haul back in 2017/18.

The veteran striker has already scored five goals so far this campaign as he bids to play Championship football for the first time in his career.

Talk

Paul Warne: "They don't concede many goals that's a fact, and I think they've got one of the best home records in the league, but they are very organised side who are deadly on free-kicks which has the potential to be a problem.

"Abebayo Akinfenwa causes issues up top and they get around him with willing runners so they're very effective at what they do, hence why they are where they are in the league. You don't get there by accident. 

 

Gareth Ainsworth:  "Without a doubt, it will be one of our toughest games of the season. 

"Rotherham are very good on transition and they are a very powerful side with Championship players in their squad. 

"It is a tough place to go after the week we have had but I have a strong group and I am sure they will be ready."  

Coverage

iFollow Millers will be providing full 90-minute commentary from the match, whilst the Rotherham United Twitter feed will be providing live updates for the entirety.

Reaction will be available on the official website post-match, as well as on iFollow and social media.

 

 


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