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Preview: Wycombe Wanderers v Bristol City

Wycombe Wanderers v Bristol City
Adams Park
EFL Cup First Round
Tuesday, August 9th (7.45pm)

Lee Johnson's side head to Adams Park for the first round of the EFL Cup against Wycombe.

The Chairboys suffered an opening day defeat to Crawley Town on Saturday and will be looking to bounce back with a win in the EFL Cup first round. Wycombe were knocked out in the first round last year by Sky Bet Championship club Fulham. They have just 14 first team players available following a host of injuries. Myles Weston sustained a groin injury at Crawley whilst Luke O’Nien and Michael Harriman were both forced off the pitch with knocks, adding to the list of names in the treatment room which already includes Paul Hayes, Paris Cowan-Hall, Danny Rowe, Nick Freeman and Max Muller. 

Gareth Ainsworth - Former QPR midfielder who made over 530 league appearances during his 22-year career. The 43-year-old enjoyed two stints as caretaker manager at Loftus Road before switching to Wycombe in 2010. Ainsworth played over 110 times for the the Chairboys and became the club’s player manager in 2012. Ainsworth maintained Wycombe’s EFL status at the expense of Bristol Rovers in 2014 and almost led them to promotion the following season. 

Lee Collins is the man in the middle. He will be assisted by Marbyn Amphlett and Lisa Rashid. Ashen Degnarain is the fourth official. 

The match is pay on the night for away fans. 

Wycombe Wanderers 2-1 Bristol City (2013) - Matt Bloomfield scored and assisted as Wycombe shocked City in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy. Head coach Sean O’Driscoll made six changes to his line-up and include academy midfielder Joe Morrell for the first time. Wycombe opened the scoring through Billy Knott before Bloomfield slotted home to double the Chairboys’ advantage. Brendan Moloney’s superb long range effort reduced the deficit to one but Wycombe held on to progress. 

Wycombe: Ingram, Arnold (McCoy 88), Hause, Stewart, Wood, Bloomfield (Kretzschmar 70), Knott (Spring 81), Lewis, Scowen, Cowan-Hall, Kuffour. Not used: Horlock, Morias. 

City: Fielding, Moloney, Flint, Dunk, Cunningham, Bryan (Baldock 46), Morrell (Reid 46), Pack, McLaughlin, Wagstaff, Harewood (Emmanuel-Thomas 69). Not used: Parish, Brundle. 

League Two: 13th 
Emirates FA Cup: Third round (lost to Aston Villa)  
EFL Cup: First round (lost to Fulham) 
EFL Trophy: Second round (lost to Bristol Rovers) 

Wycombe shared Adams Park with Aviva Rugby Premiership side Wasps for 12 years (2002-2014).