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What's the story: Stevenage vs Wycombe

9 February 2017

We provide the context ahead of Saturday's meeting at the Lamex Stadium (k.o. 3pm).

Back to the league
After 12 fixtures in three different cup competitions, the Wanderers now have one single focus - finishing as high as they possibly can in the league. Tuesday's Checkatrade Trophy defeat to Coventry brought to an end hopes of cup glory this year; now there's 18 league games in which Gareth Ainsworth's side will look to continue their sparkling form from the winter period.

Seven points apart
Stevenage sit 13th in League 2, seven points behind the Chairboys having played one game more. Wycombe's superb 1-0 win over Portsmouth last weekend elevated them sixth, three points inside the play-offs and six points off the automatic promotion places.

Up and down
Stevenage's form has been patchy to say the least - they've won their last two games, the first time they've collected consecutive victories since November. They did win five straight away games over the winter, but went four months without tasting victory on home turf before defeating Newport and more recently Grimsby.

Eyes on the double
Wycombe won the reverse fixture 1-0 in September, with Dayle Southwell's goal at the end of the first half separating the two sides. In the four previous seasons where the two teams have played in the same division, neither club has so far won both matches in that campaign.

Over your head
Stevenage's opening goal in their 2-1 win last season - their first ever home win over the Blues - came via keeper Jesse Joronen, whose long clearance bounced and sailed over the head of Matt Ingram. Neither keeper will be involved tomorrow though - Joronen was on loan from Fulham and is back with his parent club, while Ingram moved to QPR three months later.

Away day Saturday
When was the last time the Chairboys played a league game away from home on a Saturday? The answer is two months ago - the 2-0 win at Notts County. Since then, they've travelled for fixtures on a Monday, Friday and Tuesday, while scheduled games at Exeter and Colchester were postponed due to cup commitments.

Incidentally, last season's 2-1 defeat at Stevenage ended a remarkable run for the Wanderers - they had previously gone 18 months without losing an away game on a Saturday.

Man in the middle
Dean Whitestone is the referee for this fixture - he was last in charge of a Wycombe game in December, awarding a penalty to each side in the 3-1 Checkatrade Trophy win at Millwall. In his 30 matches this season, he has shown 80 yellow cards... but no reds.

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