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Match Preview – Wycombe vs Southend

Last Updated: 27/09/18 6:45pm

Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth will check on a couple of players ahead of the Sky Bet League One match against Southend.

Ainsworth had made five changes for the midweek Carabao Cup defeat by Norwich, with Sam Saunders, Craig Mackail-Smith, Paris Cowan-Hall, Nick Freeman and Alex Samuel coming in.

The Wycombe boss confirmed some of the squad had picked up knocks against the Canaries, so he could again freshen up the team.Anthony Stewart, Adam El-Abd and Nathan Tyson all continue their recoveries.

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Southend will have goalkeeper Mark Oxley available again after suspension. Winger Michael Kightly has also completed his own three-match ban, so will boost the options of Shrimpers boss Chris Powell.

Midfielder Dru Yearwood (hamstring) and winger Harry Bunn (foot) are stepping up their comebacks, along with defender Harry Lennon, who has been out with a a fractured toe. Centre-back Rob Kiernan, sidelined since August 2017, is set to start running again following his long-term knee problem.

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Wycombe 3-4 Norwich

Wycombe 3-4 Norwich

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This is the first meeting between Wycombe and Southend since their 2015 League Two play-off final, when Joe Pigott scored a 122nd minute equaliser in extra-time which led to a 7-6 victory for Southend on penalties.

Wycombe have won four of the seven encounters against Southend at Adams Park (D1 L2), winning each of the last two contests in August 2013 and December 2014.

Since his league debut for Wycombe in August 2016, Adebayo Akinfenwa has been involved in 48 league goals for the Chairboys (29 goals, 19 assists) – 21 more than any other Wycombe player.

Southend manager Chris Powell won both of his previous league meetings with Wycombe in the 2011-12 season with Charlton.

Wycombe are one of three League One teams yet to win a home game this season (W0 D3 L1), along with AFC Wimbledon and Plymouth.

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Highlights of the Sky Bet League One match between Southend and Fleetwood.

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