Wycombe Wanderers face Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium this weekend as they go head to head in the Championship.
Tom Pearce, Wyc Picks predictor (@tompearce97)
This will be just the sixth meeting between the two sides, with the first coming in the FA Cup in 1975, in which the game ended a 0-0 draw.
Wycombe have failed to beat Middlesbrough in their history, though, losing three and drawing twice against them.
That includes the reverse fixture from earlier this season, where Boro came out 3-1 winners back in January.
How will Saturday’s game play out, though?
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It will take a huge swing in goal difference but Gareth Ainsworth’s side took it to the final day as they beat Bournemouth 1-0 at home.
They have now won three of their last six games, picking up 10 points from a possible 18. They now find themselves in 10th spot in the form table.
Wycombe have struggled on the road recently as well, having failed to win in each of their last two away games.
There were two goals in the space of three minutes in the game which saw Boro draw 1-1 away to Luton Town.
They have also won just two of their last six matches, accumulating eight points from 18. That means they currently sit in 15th spot in the form table.
Neil Warnock’s side have struggled for consistency at home in recent times, drawing, losing and winning one in their last three games.
Our Picks For Wyc Picks – Middlesbrough v Wycombe Wanderers
1. Will Wycombe Wanderers beat Middlesbrough? No
Unfortunately for Wycombe, unless they score a bucket load of goals, they will be relegated this weekend.
It’s not an easy task to beat a Warnock side either, as fellow survival rivals Sheffield Wednesday found out recently.
2. Will Wycombe Wanderers score in the second half? No
Ainsworth’s side have really struggled to find the net in the opening 45 minutes this campaign.
In fact, they have failed to score in the first half in 77% of their away games this season, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if they failed again on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Boro have conceded 13 from 22, which is an average of 0.59 goals against per first period at home.
3. Will Wycombe Wanderers score in the second half? No
Wycombe do have a better goal-scoring record in the closing 45 minutes when playing on the road.
With 12 goals from 22, Ainsworth’s side are currently averaging 0.55 goals scored per second half in away games.
The thing is, Boro have failed to keep a clean sheet in the second period in just 27% of their home games.
4. Will Wycombe Wanderers keep a clean sheet? No
Wycombe’s defensive record is certainly nothing to write home about, especially when they play away.
They have kept 11 clean sheets this season, with just three of them coming on the road.
Whilst Middlesbrough aren’t the most prolific side in the Championship, they do tend to score.
In fact, they have failed to score in just 23% of their home games this campaign.
5. How many shots on target will Wycombe Wanderers have? 3
The Chairboys had 13 shots against Bournemouth at the weekend, testing Asmir Begovic with four of them.AinsworthT
They have now hit the target 144 times this campaign, which means they’re averaging 3.2 shots on goal per 90.
Marcus Bettinelli has been the usual goalkeeper for Middlesbrough this season, playing all but four games, with Jordan Archer standing in for him in those matches.
Between them, they have faced 127 attempts on their goal, which is an average of 2.82 shots on target against per game.
6. How many goals will Wycombe Wanderers concede? 1
As previously mentioned, Wycombe have kept just three clean sheets on the road, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them let in at least one goal.
With 41 goals conceded from 22, Ainsworth’s side are currently averaging 1.86 goals against per away game.
It certainly wouldn’t be a shock to see Boro score just the one goal, though, as they have done that in 36% of their home games this campaign.
- How many goals will Wycombe Wanderers score? 0
- How many goals will Uche Ikpeazu score? 0
- Will Admiral Muskwe score? No
- Will Fred Odinyema score? No
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