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The Big Match Preview: Fleetwood vs Wycombe

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3 July 2020

Tonight's the night...

Fleetwood Town vs Wycombe Wanderers
Friday 3rd July 2020, (kick off 7.30pm BST)
Highbury Stadium
Referee: Tony Harrington

Wanderers's biggest game of the season, perhaps of their history, will be played in front of their smallest crowd, as football prepares to explode back into life after a four-month absence in surreal but scintillating fashion.

You know the story by now. Gareth Ainsworth's men were enjoying their best ever season, spending most of it in the top two, before the coronavirus pandemic called a halt to proceedings with the club placed in eighth, but with a game in hand. A points-per-game calculation presented them with a third-place finish, setting up a two-legged affair with Fleetwood for the right to face either Portsmouth or Oxford at Wembley.

Four weeks of preparation have been and gone, with no form or momentum from previous matches to carry into these two games. The side that adjusts best to unnatural surroundings, finds the right tempo, keeps their heads and remains best organised may well be the one to triumph, and it's almost time for the talking to stop and the football to take centre stage after far too long away.

Chairboys fans will be glued to their screens across the globe, as their side step out for their first ever play-off adventure at this stage in their 133 years of history.

Build-Up

- Gareth Ainsworth's final interview (iFollow)

- Gareth Ainsworth on the Utilita podcast

- JJ speaks to the EFL

- Jack Grimmer with Ian Abrahams (iFollow)

- Darius Charles speaks ahead of the game (iFollow)

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Gareth Ainsworth has a fully fit squad to choose from, with every member available for selection in what will be a 20-man matchday squad, including nine substitutes.

Fleetwood, too, have reported no injuries and look to be at full strength.

The referee is Tony Harrington, who has officiated in three Championship games since football resumed, and last took charge of a Wycombe match at Coventry in 2017, awarding a penalty to either side.

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See here for your comprehensive 'watch at home' guide, plus this list of all broadcasters showing the game across the globe.

You can listen to full audio commentary with Phil Catchpole and Alan Parry on iFollow.


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