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As contenders for a quick return to the Championship, following a bright opening third of the 2021-22 campaign, Wycombe have saved their best form for the league so far, rather than the cups.
Held 2-2 at managerless Hartlepool on Saturday, in the first round of the FA Cup, the Buckinghamshire side understandably went out of the EFL Cup to Manchester City after a 6-1 thrashing back in September, and they have also made no impact on the Football League’s most maligned competition this term.
Beaten by both MK Dons and Aston Villa’s Under-21s in the EFL Trophy already, their final group game comes with hopes of making the knockout phase entirely extinguished, so they have only pride left to play for.
Wanderers have suffered a slow start to November, as their failure to push past League Two opponents in the FA Cup was preceded by a 4-1 loss at home to Ipswich, meaning they have won just one of their last five matches.
Still very much in the mix for the top two places near the tightly-packed summit of the league, Gareth Ainsworth‘s men will naturally have one eye on Saturday’s visit of Portsmouth, which has now been given the go-ahead, having been thrown into doubt due to international call-ups. Therefore, they could be vulnerable to a capable – if inconsistent – Burton side.
With some crucial games coming up in the league, Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth could once more look to make use of his squad players in the Chairboys’ second successive cup game.
The hosts have no fresh injury concerns, but Daryl Horgan, Tjay De Barr and Sullay Kaikai have been called up by Sierra Leone, Ireland and Gibraltar respectively for the forthcoming international period.
Adam Przybek may continue in goal, while Connor Parsons could feature on the wing – supporting Brandon Hanlan up front. Meanwhile, Garath McCleary remains a doubt due to a shoulder injury he picked up against Crewe.
Burton will have Jonny Smith available, having served his suspension following a red card at Wigan Athletic last week, but Tom Hamer is ruled out, as his ban for accumulating yellow cards now comes into effect in EFL competition.
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Lucas Akins was left out of the squad for the FA Cup tie at Fleetwood with a neck problem, and may not be risked ahead of next weekend’s return to league action. Therefore, Saturday’s matchwinner Daniel Jebbison should lead the visitors line alongside either Kane Hemmings or Aaron Amadi-Holloway.
Wycombe Wanderers possible starting lineup:
Przybek; Stewart, Tafazolli, Jacobson; Obita, Scowen, Thompson, McCarthy; Parsons, Hanlan, Wheeler
Burton Albion possible starting lineup:
Garratt; Shaughnessy, Leak, O’Connor; Hamer, Lakin, Taylor, Blake-Tracy; Powell; Amadi-Holloway, Jebbison