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What's the story: Notts County vs Wycombe

9 December 2016

We've picked out a few storylines ahead of the meeting between the Magpies and the Chairboys on Saturday.

Seventh heaven?
Wycombe broke a 10-year record for consecutive victories when they racked up win number six in Wednesday night's Checkatrade Trophy triumph, and may now set their sights on setting a new club record in the EFL, currently held by Paul Lambert's side in 2006/07. They won eight games back-to-back, and a win at Meadow Lane would edge the current generation closer.

Winter of discontent
Notts County haven't picked up a point in the EFL since the clocks went back, losing all four league games in November - a polar opposite to the Chairboys' 100% record during the month. Light at the end of the tunnel comes in the form of their FA Cup aspirations, with a potential trip to Chelsea lying in wait if they can win their second round replay at Peterborough, having salvaged a draw in the original tie at Meadow Lane.

Bah humbug
County boss John Sheridan cancelled his players' Christmas party as a result of their poor form, coming not long after his squad received their wages late.

Familiar faces
The Magpies' hero in that FA Cup draw was a certain Louis Laing, who spent time on loan with the Wanderers from Sunderland early in 2012. Garry Thompson makes a return to Meadow Lane having been top scorer for County in the 2014/15 campaign, while Myles Weston could also feature against former employers as he reaches full fitness following an injury.

Entertainment value
Fans at Meadow Lane will surely be treated to a more eye-catching spectacle than the last meeting, which ended 0-0 after an uninspiring 90 minutes on a difficult pitch on Easter Monday. There'd been drama in the game at Adams Park last season, with four goals and a red card in a 2-2 draw, while the previous encounters resulted in a 4-3 County victory at Wycombe and a 1-1 draw with a last-gasp equaliser for the Blues in Nottingham in 2011.

Wanderers are enjoying their best ever season under Gareth Ainsworth in terms of their goal-to-game ratio, scoring 1.58 goals per match and winning 50% of every fixture they've played this term in all competitions. They're only 11 goals away from matching their total from the whole of last season.

Man in the middle
Referee Eddie Ilderton takes charge of his first match this season, having been fourth official at a Championship match last weekend. His last game in the middle saw Adebayo Akinfenwa hit the target for AFC Wimbledon in the play-off semi-final, while a month earlier he had officiated Wanderers' 1-1 draw at York City.

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