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What's the story: Plymouth vs Wycombe

21 December 2016

We pick out a few key storylines ahead of the visit to Plymouth Argyle on Boxing Day (k.o. 3pm).

League leaders
Argyle are well on their way to avenging the play-off heartache of the past two years, currently sitting nine points clear of the play-off zone at the top of the table following an outstanding start to the season. Averaging more than two points per game in the league, Derek Adams' side has adapted quickly to a host of new arrivals in the summer.

On form
Wanderers face their toughest test yet in a sequence of matches which has seen them win the last eight games in all competitions, equalling a club record, and conceding just twice in that time.

Beast is back
Adebayo Akinfenwa returns from a one-game suspension to give Gareth Ainsworth a selection headache in attack; the Beast scored from the spot in AFC Wimbledon's play-off final win over Plymouth at Wembley in May. He could return alongside in-form Scott Kashket, who's scored 11 times in 12 games, although Garry Thompson impressed in Bayo's absence in the win over Leyton Orient.

Old faces
Paris Cowan-Hall returns to the club which he left to move to Wycombe the first time round in 2013, while Paul Hayes also spent a short period on loan at Argyle earlier in his career and will hope to be available after injury.

Devon delight
As well as winning their last five games at Home Park, Wanderers have won 10 of their last 11 visits to Devon, only being defeated by Exeter in October 2014 during that sequence.

Christmas cut short
Wycombe will travel down to Plymouth on Sunday afternoon, leaving their families behind after Christmas lunch to ensure they're well-prepared with an overnight stay ahead of the game.

Father and son
Earlier this month Michael Salisbury refereed Wanderers' 5-0 win at Chesterfield in the FA Cup; now his father Graham takes charge of the match at Home Park.

Off duty
In January Barry Richardson made headlines for coming off the bench to keep a clean sheet - aged 46 - following an injury to Alex Lynch early in the Chairboys' 1-0 win, having earlier been photographed enjoying a cup of coffee as part of his warm-up. However he'll be off duty this time around, with Scott Brown ready to take his place amongst the substitutes after returning from his loan at Eastleigh.

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