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What's the story? Wycombe vs Barnsley

Oli Thomas takes a look at the key storylines ahead of a first meeting of the Chairboys and Tykes since 2004.

6 December 2018

A reunion for McCarthy, a new face in goal and the Chairboys on a roll...

Head-to-head
This Saturday’s fixture between the Chairboys and the Tykes will be the first time the two teams have met in over 14 years, and just the fifth time they have met in a competitive match. Wycombe have never beaten Barnsley in a competitive match as three of the previous four meetings have resulted in a draw whilst Barnsley claimed victory in the other game after a 1-2 victory in League One at Adams Park in 2003.

On a roll
Wycombe’s recent home form has turned Adams Park into a real fortress after five league wins on the bounce. A win against the Tykes on Saturday would see the Chairboys win their sixth successive home match in the league, which would be a new club record.

One has to give
Barnsley have never lost in the league when they have scored first so far this season, which is an interesting statistic when they are taking on a Wycombe side who have come from behind to win in both of their last two fixtures against Shrewsbury Town and Accrington Stanley respectively.

Goals galore
The attacking threat of Barnsley has caused plenty of problems for opposition defences so far this campaign, with the South Yorkshire club scoring the fourth most amount of goals in the division and only failing to score on just three occasions so far this campaign.

Men in form
Wycombe’s Alex Samuel has been in fine form recently scoring two goals in as many games, which has contributed to back-to-back league victories for the Chairboys. Barnsley striker Kieffer Moore has also been in red hot form, where he contributed to five of the Tykes’ six goals scored in November, hitting the back of the net on four occasions as well as setting up another. The 26-year old has scored 11 goals in total so far this season.

Return of the 'Mac'
Defender Jason McCarthy is set to face his former side at the weekend for the first time since leaving the South Yorkshire club in the summer. McCarthy made 24 appearances in all competition for the Tykes last season.

Another keeper
The Chairboys are set to have their fifth different goalkeeper in between the sticks on Saturday after the arrival of Nottingham Forest keeper Stephen Henderson on an emergency-loan deal. David Stockdale, who featured in Wycombe’s last two matches, has now returned to parent club Birmingham City.


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