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Watford vs Wycombe Wanderers
Wednesday 3rd March 2021, k.o. 7pm GMT
Sky Bet Championship
The first of three successive away games takes Wanderers on one of their shortest trips of the season; a return to Vicarage Road, for the first time in nine years.
The Hornets have changed manager 12 times since Gianfranco Zola's men squeezed past Gary Waddock's Wanderers in a League Cup meeting on a sunny August afternoon, but current boss Xisco Munoz has made an impressive start to life in Hertfordshire, winning eight of his 14 games in charge - including four in a row prior to a 1-0 loss at Bournemouth at the weekend.
Gareth Ainsworth - appointed just a month after that cup encounter - has also guided his side to an upturn in performances and results of late, but it is the latter that now becomes critical as the Chairboys fight to stay in the division, looking to recreate their brilliant showing against promotion-chasing Reading last week.
The 1-1 draw between the sides in the reverse fixture in October saw the Blues collect their first point of the Championship season, and a victory tonight would also be a landmark event on the calendar, against a side who spent the five campaigns prior to this one playing top-flight football.
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Last Time Out
Here are the highlights from the 1-1 draw with Watford in October:
Uche Ikpeazu and Adebayo Akinfenwa have both spent time on Watford's books and return to Vicarage Road, with Akinfenwa returning to the bench for Sunday's clash with Norwich after time on the sidelines. Ryan Tafazolli is back from his suspension, and Ryan Allsop has also returned to training. Jordan Obita collected a knock at the weekend, and Joe Jacobson is on standby if required at left-back.
Watford are without the suspended Joao Pedro and Nathaniel Chalobah, while Isaac Success, Tom Dele-Bashiru and Troy Deeney are all injured.
Wanderers will be in their red and white quarters.
Man in the Middle
Geoff Eltringham has shown 62 yellow cards and five reds in his 21 games so far this season, which included Wanderers' 2-1 loss at Barnsley, when both sides were awarded penalties, and the 2-0 defeat at home to Swansea.
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