We've picked nine storylines ahead of the Emirates FA Cup second round tie at the Proact Stadium.Head-to-head
There’ve been 31 meetings in total between Wycombe and Chesterfield, and it’s the Chairboys who hold the upper hand – only just though, with 14 wins to the Spireites’ 12, and there’ve only been five draws (just one in the last 12 encounters).
Wanderers go into the game with four straight wins to their name, while Danny Wilson’s men have shown a resurgence with back-to-back victories giving them their first league wins since September 17th. They’d lost five successive home games before defeating Bristol Rovers last weekend.
The Proact Stadium has been the venue for the last four meetings between the two sides – and Chesterfield have won them all, scoring 13 times in the process. Wycombe’s first visit to the Spireites’ new home came with both teams battling for promotion from League 2 in 2011, but the hosts sparkled in a 4-1 success, following it up with a 4-0 victory the following year. Gareth Ainsworth’s men enjoyed a relatively painless 2-0 setback on their last trip in 2013.
The last time the two teams met was a landmark moment for Gareth Ainsworth’s men, who’d waited four months for a home win in the 2013/14, plummeting towards the danger zone. League leaders Chesterfield were expected to walk away from Adams Park with all three points, but a resilient defensive display – plus Max Kretzschmar’s penalty – handed the Blues a surprise victory and the visitors’ frustrations boiled over with boss Paul Cook being sent to the stands. Wycombe won two of the next three to arrest their slide, and ultimately clung on to their Football League status… only just.
There’ll be cause for celebration in one part of the McGinn family at least on Saturday afternoon – although brothers Paul and Stephen may not necessarily be involved. Defender Paul joined the Spireites in the summer but has recently been ruled out by injury, while strong competition for places in midfield has forced the Chairboys’ Stephen to spend time on the sidelines.
Referee Michael Salisbury has been appointed to take charge of the clash at the Proact Stadium, little over a year after his father Graham refereed Wanderers’ FA Cup first round tie at another team in blue and white – Halifax Town. The result that day was a 4-0 away win. Michael is in his first year as an EFL official, and he’s been kept busy, showing five red cards already in his 15 matches.
Chesterfield and Wycombe both hold the acclaim of being third-tier sides to reach the semi-final of the competition, with the Spireites taking a 2-0 lead over Middlesbrough in the final four in 1997 and having a goal controversially ruled out before ultimately drawing 3-3 and losing 3-0 in the replay. Wanderers followed in their footsteps in 2001, going down 2-1 to Liverpool.
100% success rate
Wycombe went into the first round tie with Portsmouth with a perfect cup history against their opponents (well, one win from one game), and it’s a familiar story this time around. Chesterfield visited Adams Park for an FA Cup first round meeting in 1998, but Keith Scott’s solitary strike sent the Blues through.
Falling at the second hurdle
Chesterfield have departed the FA Cup at the second round stage on 25 occasions – only eight teams in the competition’s history have a more prolific exit rate at this point.
(Image: Sam Wood on the attack during the Blues' last visit)