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The Big Match Preview: Wycombe vs Derby

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16 February 2021

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Wycombe Wanderers vs Derby County
Tuesday 16th February 2021, k.o. 7.45pm GMT
Adams Park
Sky Bet Championship

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Hot off the back of a stunning comeback win at Huddersfield at the weekend, Wanderers go into battle tonight against a resurgent Derby County, themselves full of confidence after a strong run of results.

These sides drew 1-1 in the reverse fixture in November but it's the Rams who've enjoyed the better fortunes since then, gradually pulling away from the drop zone thanks to four wins from their last five outings, including Saturday's 2-1 win at home to Middlesbrough.

They lost 3-0 at Rotherham 10 days before that - a stark reminder of the brutality of the division when standards drop and perhaps complacency sets in - and the Rams will no doubt be reminded of that setback before they step onto the Adams Park surface tonight.

Wycombe's sparkling second-half display in Yorkshire has breathed new life into their own survival battle, and with - touch wood - a succession of injury worries no behind them, Gareth Ainsworth's men are raring to go for tonight's encounter as they look for their first home league win of 2021.

Last Time Out
Here are the highlights from Wanderers' 3-2 win at Huddersfield:

Meanwhile, Derby saw off Middlesbrough on Saturday:

Team News
Dominic Gape and Adebayo Akinfenwa could return to the squad after staying home as a precaution at the weekend, while Joe Jacobson faces a late assessment on the muscle strain that forced him off at Huddersfield.

Derby have called George Edmundson into the squad for the first time, but Tom Lawrence is sidelined through injury along with Tom Stretton, Curtis Davies, Krystian Bielik and former Blue Jordon Ibe, while Patrick Roberts is also a doubt.

Wanderers will be in their regular home strip, with the goalkeeper in Mardi Gras colours.

Man in the Middle
Kevin Friend has shown 41 yellow cards and two reds in his 19 games so far this season; he referees a Wycombe game for the first time since the EFL Trophy meeting with Oxford in 2018, having also overseen an FA Cup meeting with Swindon in 2007 and league games at Leyton Orient and Chesterfield in 2004.

Chairboys Live
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