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The Big Match Preview: Cheltenham vs Wycombe

The first away day of the league season!

13 August 2021

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Matchday 2 of the League 1 season.

Cheltenham Town vs Wycombe Wanderers
Saturday 14th August 2021, k.o. 3pm
Jonny Rocks Stadium
Sky Bet League 1
Referee: Carl Boyeson

With one league win and a cup triumph under their belts already, Gareth Ainsworth's men look to continue their perfect start to the season against last year's League 2 champions, in the Robins' first home game in front of fans in 2021.

Wanderers dazzled going forward against Accrington last weekend and showed resilience when required in defence to thwart the Grecians after a series of injuries began to deplete the squad in midweek, with Ainsworth hoping each of those victims are available for action this weekend.

Cheltenham began the campaign with a creditable 1-1 draw at Crewe and saw off Bristol Rovers in the cup in midweek, with boss Michael Duff telling the press in midweek that Wycombe's rise from League 2 and subsequent consolidation and promotion serves as an inspiration to clubs of the Robins' stature.

Wycombe won 2-0 on their last visit to Gloucestershire when Adebayo Akinfenwa scored and set one up; he's scored 12 career goals against Cheltenham and will be hungry for another one at least.

Team News
Matt Bloomfield, Joe Jacobson, Jason McCarthy and Daryl Horgan all picked up knocks in midweek and are being assessed ahead of the trip, but Garath McCleary, Josh Scowen and Adebayo Akinfenwa are likely to feature after being rested. Curtis Thompson returned from injury on Tuesday, with Dominic Gape and Ryan Tafazolli still in the treatment room.

Cheltenham striker Kyle Vassell scored on his debut in midweek but is still building up match sharpness so could be rotated to the bench. Boss Michael Duff made seven changes to his side for the cup game and their impressive victory will have given him food for thought.

Tickets can now only be bought on arrival at the Jonny Rocks Stadium; any pre-booked tickets can be collected from Cheltenham's stadium from 1.30pm. Click here for the full ticket details.

Man in the middle
Carl Boyeson has officiated 19 Wycombe matches, most recently a 1-0 loss to Gillingham at Adams Park in February 2019. His first was way back in 2002; a 0-0 draw at Huddersfield.

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