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The Big Match Preview: Plymouth

22 December 2016

All you need to know ahead of the Sky Bet League 2 clash at Home Park on Boxing Day (k.o. 3pm).

Plymouth Argyle vs Wycombe Wanderers
Monday 26th December 2016, k.o. 3pm 
Home Park, PL2 3DQ
Referee: Graham Salisbury

- Read our key storylines ahead of the game

A 222-mile trip awaits Chairboys fans on Boxing Day as their side go in search of another victory to extend their spectacular run of form which has seen them surge into the play-off places.

The fixture computer showed no mercy when dishing out the trip to the south-west, meaning Gareth Ainsworth's men will spend Christmas afternoon on a coach to ensure they're well-prepared for the game at the league leaders the next day.

But unusually for this time of year, the 'busy festive period' is somewhat of a myth, with a nine-day break bridging the last game at Leyton Orient and the encounter at Home Park on Monday.

Plymouth were due to face Newport County in an FA Cup replay last night (at the time of writing) to make their run of games a little less bearable, but they'll be buoyed by a recent return to form which has banished memories of a three-game losing streak.

Derek Adams' side have enjoyed a superb first half of the year, ensuring they held the Christmas number one spot with 44 points from 21 league games, and sitting nine points clear of the play-offs.

But that won't affect the confidence of a Wycombe side on an eight-game winning streak, and they welcome Adebayo Akinfenwa back to the fold after suspension. Paul Hayes will also hope to recover in time to add to Ainsworth's attacking options.

Tickets
Wanderers have received an initial allocation of 250 tickets, which will go off-sale on Friday at 1pm. These are in the Barn Park Stand (all seated and under cover).

Prices are as follows; please note there is a £2 increase if purchased on the day of the game.

Adults: £20
Seniors (over 65): £15
Students: £15
Under 18s: £7
Family Ticket (1 adult + 1 under 18): £25

Call 01494 441118, visit the ticket office at Adams Park or go online to book in advance. Pre-booked tickets can be collected from Home Park from 1.30pm on the day of the game.

Travel
By Adrian Wood

Postcode: PL2 3DQ

Recommended road directions
Take the A404 south, leading to the A404(M) and continue to the westbound M4. Leave the M4 at J20 and take the M5 (s/p The South West). Continue forward at J31. Keep in right hand lanes and then continue forward onto the A38. Continue on the A38 Devon Expressway until the junction with the A386, signposted Home Park, City Centre, Ferry Port, and Tavistock. At the roundabout as you come off the A38, take the second exit A386, signposted Plymouth Argyle Home Park, Ferry Port. Stay on this road for approximately a mile and the stadium is on your left.

Mileage from High Wycombe = 222

Recommended area for car parking
There is a good sized, council-run, car-park right outside the stadium. The good thing is that it is free to use. It is operated on a 'first in before the game, first out after the game basis'. It tends to normally be full by 2.30pm on match days. There is some street parking if you drive past the ground, heading away from the city centre.

Travelling by coach?
OWWSA will be running a coach that will leave Adams Park at 08:30. Travel prices are £26 for adults, £25 for seniors, and £24 for juniors. The price for non-members is £30 (no refund if game is cancelled). Note that OWWSA has added card payment to their methods of payment.  Members will be able to pay at the Vere Suite, on the coach or by telephone. Non members are required to pay before travelling, so this means either by telephone or in the Vere Suite.  If you wish to book by phone (Rena 01494 520179, Graham 07876 267301) or by e-mail (bookings@owwsa.co.uk) you need to do so by Thursday December 22nd at 5pm.

Using the train?
Regrettably this is a non-starter as due to the holiday period there are no scheduled services on December 25th and 26th.

Facilities for away fans
During 2001 Home Park was transformed, with three sides of the ground being completely re-built. This included both ends and one side of the ground. The current capacity is 16,388 (all-seated). Away fans are housed in the Barn Park End, which is all seated and covered. This is the stand behind the goal on the Central Park side of the stadium. As you would expect from a modern stand the facilities and views of the playing action are both good. The normal allocation for visiting supporters in this area is 1,300 seats. The club’s main switchboard number is 01752 562561.

Facilities around the ground
The most popular pub with visiting fans appears to be the Britannia in Wolseley Road. This is a large Wetherspoons outlet, about a 10-minute walk from the ground (from the car park outside the football ground, turn left and the pub is down the road on the right hand corner). It tends to get very busy with fans queuing to get in but the doormen are pretty efficient so you shouldn’t have to wait too long to get in. Near to the pub is normally a van selling pasties. Opposite the Britannia is the Embassy Club which is best avoided by away fans. Otherwise alcohol is available within the ground.

Can't make it?
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