A City side packed with debutants performed well against promotion contenders Bradford on the opening day – a scoreline of 0-0 will have caused groans given the number of times this was the result in so many games late last season, but there were enough encouraging signs to suggest City can feel confident of a successful campaign. Matt Taylor is likely to ring the changes to a certain extent for the visit of old foes Wycombe in the EFL Cup on Tuesday night, so expect players like Ben Seymour, Harry Kite, Callum Rowe and Jordan Dyer to feature. Alex Hartridge is thought to be close to a return but Taylor has warned supporters not to expect Archie Collins back for a few weeks yet.
As expected, the rather surprising ascent of Wycombe into the Championship proved a hurdle too far for the Chairboys, but they won the plaudits for the never-say-die attitude that they’ve always epitomised under colourful manager Gareth Ainsworth, and if after losing their first seven fixtures anyone had predicted they’d come within a whisker of staying up, winning five of their last eight matches, they’d have been ridiculed. Ainsworth will be hoping to bounce straight back, and a 2-1 opening day win over Accrington was a good start. Ainsworth was relatively busy in the transfer market during the summer, while some players like Fred Oyedinma and Uche Ikpeazu have left, in have come the returning Josh Scowen, Sully Kaikai, Sam Vokes and others. 39 year old Ade Akinfenwa has declared this is to be his final season, and the “Beast” will always remain a handful whenever he plays.
The sides last met in a 2017/18 season that saw Wycombe promoted and City miss out in the playoffs, and they couldn’t be separated that year, both matches finishing level. City’s visit to Adams Park finished in a highly forgettable 0-0 draw while at least there were goals in the return at the Park, Lloyd James scoring in the first half only for Marcus Bean to equalise in the second. The sides have met twice in cup competitions, both in various iterations of the EFL Trophy. Wycombe triumphed on both occasions – 2-0 in the 2013/14 season, and 1-0 in the first ever meeting between the sides in December 2000.
The match officials for this game will be:-
Referee: David Rock
Assistant Referees: Steven Plane and Christopher Wade
Fourth Official: Declan O’Shea
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