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What's the story: Wycombe vs Carlisle

16 February 2017

Read on for a little background ahead of Saturday's meeting at Adams Park...

Mind the gap?
Wycombe (8th) and Carlisle (3rd) are separated by five places and nine points in the League 2 table, though the Wanderers have a game in hand.

Home comforts
Wanderers have lost three straight games in league and cup since their last home outing, so they may be relieved to return to Adams Park, where they remain unbeaten in the league since October.

Keeping it tight
Gareth Ainsworth's men have the best home defence in the division, conceding just 10 times at Adams Park. Only one of those goals has been scored in the first half, and that was a penalty converted by Yeovil in January.

He's coming for you
Adebayo Akinfenwa is now just three goals behind Wanderers' top scorer Scott Kashket in all competitions - the Beast has netted five times so far in 2017 to take his tally to 12 for the season, including eight in his last 15 appearances.

Back to form
Carlisle fans may have been concerned at a run of form which had seen them win just once in 2017 prior to their midweek meeting with Doncaster... but the positivity has well and truly returned with a 2-1 victory over the league leaders, strengthening their position in the automatic places.

The wait goes on
Saturday 8th October was the last time Carlisle kept a clean sheet in any league or cup fixture - 23 games ago.

Memory lane
Any game against Carlisle will be likely to evoke memories of those slightly older fans of the Chairboys' first ever match in the Football League back in 1993. A 2-2 draw saw Chris Curran's own goal make the history books as the first ever goal to be scored by the Wanderers.

Close affairs
Only one of the past 12 meetings between the two sides has seen either team win by a margin of more than one goal; that came when Wycombe recorded a 3-1 victory at Adams Park in August 2014. Seven of those encounters have been drawn, including both 1-1 ties last season, while the Cumbrians edged a tight game at Brunton Park 1-0 in September.

Man in the middle
Darren Drysdale's last involvement in a Wycombe game was a relatively peaceful one; he showed just one yellow card in a 2-0 win over Crawley in December 2015. This year he's dished out 35 yellows and two reds in 11 games.

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