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Wycombe Wanderers vs Barnsley
Wednesday 17th March 2021, k.o. 7pm GMT
Sky Bet Championship
Wycombe followed in the footsteps of Barnsley by achieving promotion to the Championship 12 months after the Tykes, and will be looking to take inspiration from the Yorkshire side once again as they bid to step up their battle against the drop.
Barnsley were nine points adrift with 14 games to go last season, and four points below the dotted line with only six left to play for, but pulled off the great escape with a last-gasp winner at Brentford on the final day, and may well have been considered relegation candidates again this season after a poor start, collecting just four points from the first seven games.
But what's followed since has been a remarkable transformation, with Valerien Ismael guiding his side to eight wins in their last nine, propelling them into sixth place, and their only defeats in 2021 have been to the current top three clubs.
Gareth Ainsworth's Wanderers are buoyant after a deserved victory over Preston at the weekend, narrowly closing the gap on the sides immediately above them in the table, and they'll hope that that confidence is translated into another stylish performance and much-needed victory under the Adams Park lights.
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WATCH: Wycombe 1-0 Barnsley, December 2018
Last Time Out
Here are the highlights from Wanderers' 2-1 loss at Barnsley in December:
Jordan Obita and David Wheeler are edging closer to fitness and could be back in the squad, while there are no fresh injury concerns.
Barnsley boss Valerien Ismael confirmed on Tuesday his side have no new injuries.
Wanderers will be in their regular home strip.
Man in the Middle
Darren Bond has shown 82 yellow cards and four reds in his 25 games so far this season. He's officiated in just three Wycombe games, most recently the 1-0 loss to Stoke in December, as well as the second leg of last season's play-off semi-finals against Fleetwood, and a 2-0 home defeat to Leyton Orient five years ago.
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