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Wycombe Wanderers vs Queens Park Rangers
Saturday 19th December 2020, k.o. 3pm GMT
Sky Bet Championship
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It's an occasion worthy of a packed-out Adams Park as Gareth Ainsworth's Wycombe play host to a nearby neighbour where he holds possibly equal legend status, but Covid-19 restrictions mean the Blues are back to playing behind-closed-doors as they look to secure a first win in 10 games against a QPR side who have only collected one victory in the same period.
Matt Bloomfield scored his first Chairboys goal the last time that these two clubs clashed at competitive level, when over 7,600 fans saw the Rs come back from a two-goal deficit to snatch a point in 2004.
Since that third tier meeting, the Londoners have soared to the top flight twice and changed manager 16 times, with Ainsworth spending two spells in charge as caretaker prior to his move from Loftus Road to Adams Park in 2009.
The Wild Thing saw his troops perform admirably in the midweek loss to Bournemouth and would love three gift-wrapped points to take into the festive period, with the Blues having lost their pre-Christmas fixture in each of the past three seasons.
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Meanwhile, QPR drew 0-0 with Stoke:
Wycombe are without the suspended Alex Pattison following his red card in midweek, while Dominic Gape hopes for a speedy return after coming off injured at Bournemouth. Adebayo Akinfenwa made his Adams Park debut for the Blues in a friendly against QPR in 2016 and could lead the line again, although Uche Ikpeazu impressed off the bench in his first game since injury and could feature. Ryan Tafazolli and Darius Charles are available again, with Anthony Stewart, Dennis Adeniran and Curtis Thompson also close to being back in contention.
QPR are without long-term absentees Luke Amos and Charlie Owens.
Wanderers will be in their light and dark blue quarters.
Man in the Middle
Gavin Ward has shown 30 yellow cards and two reds in his 12 games so far this season, which included the Chairboys' 2-1 loss at Norwich in October.
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