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Posted Wednesday, April 21st 2021

MansionBet Match Preview: Wycombe Wanderers (A)

City head to Adams Park for the first time in five years as the campaign draws another game closer to its end.

Wycombe Wanderers await City in the Sky Bet Championship midweek encounter and it’s all set for a tight battle as the hosts fight to avoid relegation.

Nigel Pearson’s men have drawn their last two matches and are seeking a first win in seven games as they look for positives of their own in the final four fixtures.

The last of those draws was the 1-1 draw with Sheffield Wednesday, courtesy of Tyreeq Bakinson’s late strike as the Robins battled back from a goal down with ten men.

Henri Lansbury’s sending off for a handball call made it all the more challenging, but the FA has overturned the ban after City lodged an appeal. Evidence showed the ball did not strike Lansbury’s hand to deny a goalscoring opportunity, and the midfielder is available for selection to face Wycombe on Wednesday night.

Highlights: Sheffield Wednesday v Bristol City

Gareth Ainsworth’s side were beaten by City when they met back in December and they’ve endured patchy form since, in their first season in the Championship.

They find themselves rock bottom of the division with time running out if they are to survive the drop back to League One.

However, there has been encouraging form of late and wins against Preston, Rotherham and Blackburn Rovers has offered them a glimmer of hope, albeit other teams’ results must go in their favour.

They almost grabbed a win against high-flying Swansea last time out too as they led 2-0 at the Liberty Stadium, before the Swans battled back with two goals in the last ten minutes.

Defender Joe Jacobson was key to those results over Preston and Blackburn with an assist in each, as well as a Man of the Match performance in a goalless draw with Coventry City. In fact, with four goals and five assists he has been the Chairboys’ most creative player this season and he leads the team chart for overall performance rating - 7.03, according to Opta.

MATCH DETAILS 

Where: Adams Park
When: Wednesday, April 21st, 7pm KO
Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Referee: Dean Whitestone
Assistants: Mark Potage and George Byrne
Fourth official: James Linington

DOWN MEMORY LANE

Bristol City 2-1 Wycombe Wanderers
Ashton Gate

Saturday, December 26th 2020
Sky Bet Championship

Famara Diédhiou returned from suspension to strike a Boxing Day beauty as City beat Wycombe Wanderers 2-1 at Ashton Gate.

Chris Martin had nodded City into a deserved half-time lead with his third goal of the season in all competitions, before Wycombe fought back through a deflected shot from Garath McCleary.

Dean Holden would have to manage the game with injuries forcing Zak Vyner and Callum O’Dowda off – both having impressive games – but his substitutes in Opi Edwards and Diédhiou linked up for the latter’s thunderbolt of a winner late in the game.

That would be his third late winner of the campaign, following goals against Derby County and Blackburn Rovers, with his impact this time returning City to winning ways as the Robins go one point off the play-offs.

HEAD TO HEAD*

Wycombe Wanderers v Bristol City

Played: 21
City won: 10 (48%)
Drew: 4
City lost: 7

Bristol City goals: 48
Wycombe Wanderers goals: 39

Bristol City top goalscorer: Famara Diédhiou and Nahki Wells (10)
Wycombe Wanderers top goalscorers: Fred Onyedinma, Scott Kashket, Joe Jacobson, Uche Ikpeazu (4)

Bristol City most assists: Antoine Semenyo (7)
Wycombe Wanderers most assists: Joe Jacobson (5)

Bristol City clean sheets: 12
Wycombe Wanderers clean sheets: 9

League positions
Bristol City: 14th (51 points)
Wycombe Wanderers: 24th (35 points)

*All competitions unless stated

Dan Bentley denied Barry Bannan from the penalty spot after Lansbury's wrongful red card
Bakinson popped up with a later equaliser to secure the point

Robins TV

Wycombe versus City will be streamed live on Robins TV. The Matchday Show, which costs just £10, starts at 6.30pm.

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