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The Big Match Preview: Wycombe vs Middlesbrough

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31 December 2020

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Wycombe Wanderers vs Middlesbrough
Saturday 2nd January 2021, k.o. 3pm GMT
Adams Park
Sky Bet Championship
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Almost 45 years to the day since these two sides locked horns in two memorable FA Cup encounters, Wycombe Wanderers meet Middlesbrough for the first time ever in the league, looking to build upon the fantastic victory over Cardiff in midweek and add more points to their tally.

Gareth Ainsworth's men finally earned the reward for a succession of promising performances and now prepare for the second of three consecutive matches at home - where they've only lost two of the last eight games - this time against a Middlesbrough outfit managed by Neil Warnock, who guided Burton Albion to a triumph over the Chairboys way back in 1984 and was a regular opponent in the dugouts of Huddersfield, Plymouth and Oldham in the 90s.

He saw his men go down to Sheffield Wednesday in midweek, ending a three-game winning streak leaving them ninth in the table, and they'll make the trip south on New Year's Day expectant of a return to winning ways about the division's bottom side.

In Wycombe they'll meet a team full of confidence and determination to climb the table themselves, and looking to replicate the same underdog spirit as the 1975 generation from non-league who took Jack Charlton's first division high-flyers to an FA Cup third round replay at Ayresome Park following a goalless draw at Loakes Park. The two clubs met again in 1998, and it was Boro who came out triumphant over two League Cup ties, both of which featured Paul Gascoigne in the north-east club's midfield.

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Last Time Out
Here are the highlights from Wanderers' 2-1 win over Cardiff:

Meanwhile, Boro went down to Sheffield Wednesday:

Team News
Gareth Ainsworth must be tempted to name an unchanged side - injuries permitting - following the excellent display against Cardiff. Alex Pattison is available again after suspension and could return to the squad against his former club.

Middlesbrough made one change to a winning team in midweek but Neil Warnock could shuffle the pack this time around in a bid to get back on track. Familiar names in the squad include ex-Southend striker Britt Assombalonga, former Sunderland striker Duncan Watmore and winger Marcus Browne, who played for Oxford in the League 1 play-off final in July.

Wanderers will be in their light and dark blue quarters.

Man in the Middle
Jarred Gillett has shown 49 yellow cards and two reds in his 15 games so far this season, but has never officiated in a Wycombe fixture, having moved to the UK from the Australian A-League two years ago.

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