Match Preview: Wycombe Wanderers v Northampton Town

Wycombe Wanderers v Northampton Town

With fifty points in the bag, the Cobblers are slowly starting to move towards the edge of the beach with their buckets, spades and windbreaks in hand. Tuesday night’s defeat to Blackpool came about through a lethargic performance at times even if we did put in the graft to try and keep the Tangerines out in the first half. There just wasn’t enough forward thrust by Town to send the home fans away smiling and we’re in need of some energy as we head to a Wycombe side who are, themselves, almost at the point of survival themselves.
 
There’s no doubt that reaching the targets set in the summer will be playing into the heads of the Cobblers players but perhaps that means we need a bit of freshness in the lineups to work through the final few weeks of the season. The likes of Tony Spingett, who did well from the bench at Cambridge, will be slighlty disappointed to miss out altogether on Tuesday night and may be pushing to be included on Saturday.
 
Whether we stick to the 3-5-2 that stifled Blackpool for a while on Tuesday or go back to a more attack minded 4-2-3-1 remains to be seen as we head to Adams Park. Whichever team and formation takes to the field, we need those beach picnics need to be left at home for a while longer yet.
 

The Opposition

 
Wycombe had gone through a mixed start to the season when they visited Sixfields in early September but came away from Sixfields with a 1-0 win that was harsh on Jon Brady’ side, who had looked the better side for the majority of the game. The win for the Chairboys eased any early pressure on Matt Bloomfield but his role would come into question much more severely later in the campaign.
 
A worrying run of just one win in seventeen games between October and January took Wanderers directly into a relegation battle and had many fans questioning how long Bloomfield had left in the role with demotion to League Two a very real possibility. But some squad strengthening in January has stabilised them and results have slowly started to improve to match. A stunning 5-2 win over Peterborough United was a clear highlight and they’ve also made their way to Wembley where they’ll face Posh in the final of the Bristol Street Motors Trophy in April.
 
So the mood in the camp is changing once again and, with back-to-back league wins in the bag coming into Saturday, Wycombe will be a difficult obstacle to overcome in our bid to keep hold of our place in the top half of League One.
 

Last Time Out

The Cobblers were beaten 1-0 at home by Blackpool on Tuesday night while Wycombe beat Wigan Athletic by the same scoreline at Adams Park.

One To Watch

The experienced Gareth McCleary has been a near ever present this season and has been a key part of the side since joining from Reading in 2020. His previous clubs include Oxford City, Slough Town, Bromley and Nottingham Forest.

The midfielder, with over one hundred appearances for the club under his belt, is a creative force and has chipped in with four goals and three assists so far this season including being involved in the goal that won them the game at Sixfields.

 

Team News

Wycombe will still be without David Wheeler, who serves the final game of a three game suspension and Brandon Hanlen has been out since the start of the year. Chris Farino is back in full training and could be involved again while Luke Leahy returned to the fold on Tuesday night.
 
The Cobblers welcomed back Sam Sherring from injury on Tuesday night but will check on the fitness of fellow defender Liam Moore after he was forced off in the same game. Mitch Pinnock was also reintroduced after illness against Blackpool and could be pushing for a start. The likes of Sam Hoskins and Jack Sowerby are still being managed through games at the moment but Lee Burge, Akin Odimayo, Aaron McGowan, Ali Koiki and Tyler Magloire are definitely still missing.
 

Line-Up Prediction

Match Officials

Ollie Yates is in the middle on Saturday. Yates was last in charge of the Cobblers for our 2-2 home draw with Lincoln City in August.Conall Bartlett and Conor Farrell are running the lines and Stephen Brown is fourth official.

Prediction

I’ve got a funny feeling for a Cobblers win on Saturday. Wycombe were a little fortunate not to let their lead slip against Wigan on Tuesday night and if we can freshen up the side again we could pick up what would be an excellent win. I’m going 2-1 Cobblers.

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