Wycombe Wanderers take on Portsmouth this afternoon at Adams Park in Sky Bet League Two, with both teams looking to affirm their promotion challenge after wins in midweek.
Wycombe beat Yeovil Town 1-0 on Tuesday night at Huish Park, with Luke O’Nien grabbing the winner in the 70th minute.
This latest result means they are now unbeaten in four, after losing their previous three. The Chairboys started well and sat in fourth place before a poor October saw them drop as low as 11th place.
Last year’s play-off finalists will be hoping that their most recent victory helps them to rediscover their early season form.
Portsmouth thrashed York City 6-0 at Fratton Park last time out, with on loan star Marc McNulty grabbing a hat-trick.
Like Wycombe, they started well, even going top of the league at the start of October. However, they have slowly fallen back, lying in fourth, six points off of rivals and leaders Plymouth Argyle.
However, this big victory could signal the re-start of their automatic promotion push.
Here are three things to look out for in this afternoon’s encounter…
1) The best defence vs one of the best attacking lines.
Wycombe have the best defence in the league, conceding just 14 goals, one fewer than the leaders Plymouth.
Although they have played two games less than the teams around them, if they were to win those games in hand they would leapfrog Portsmouth into fourth place.
Portsmouth, on the other hand, have the second best attack, scoring 31 goals this term, just behind Carlisle United who sit seventh. They do however have the best goal difference in the league.
This leaves the game evenly poised.
2) Wanderers have the most solid keeper in the league
Despite being just 22 years old and only having one parent club in his career, Wycombe shot stopper Matt Ingram has the most clean sheets and has conceded the least amount of goals in League Two.
He has two clean sheets in his last four matches, and will likely be called upon this afternoon by the best attack in the division.
It is clear that if the hosts want to get a result, then Ingram will have to be on top form.
3) This is a fairly new fixture
It turns out that these teams have only ever met five times, both teams winning one each.
There most recent meetings may have finished 0-0 back in January of this year, but their previous four have seen nine goals.
With Pompey’s scoring record against Wycombe’s stubborn defence, it remains to be seen which pattern will be repeated this afternoon.
Portsmouth and Wycombe fans… what do you think the result will be? Has your team’s recent victories given you more confidence? Who do you think will come out on top? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!