Our prediction for this Championship match:
Buoyed by a thrilling 3-2 win at Bournemouth, Preston will be looking to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they welcome Wycombe at their Deepdale on Matchday 16. The Lilywhites quickly bounced back from back-to-back losses to Blackburn and Watford, with the team regaining a much-needed confidence. The Chairboys, on the other hand, will find it hard to secure the Championship survival, and seeing that they have been struggling in front of goal of late, home win should be considered.
When the two teams met in the FA Cup in January 2018 Preston outclassed Wycombe 5-1, which is yet another reason why we are tempted to put our money on the hosts. A man to keep an eye on in the home team will be experienced winger Scott Sinclair, who scored his 6th goal of the season in the midweek clash at Vitality Stadium.
Highlighted Player (Alan Browne):
Alan Browne is a Republic of Ireland international who plays for Preston North End as a central midfielder. Born in Cork on April 15, 1999, Browne began his youth career at Ringmahon Rangers, but he soon moved to his hometown club Cork City.
Despite being part of the Cork City senior team, he did not enjoy first-team football with the Rebel Army. On January 1, 2014 Alan Browne signed a deal with Preston North End in the League One and one year later he helped the Lilywhites beat Preston in the play-off final and secure promotion to the Championship.
The 179-cm-tall midfielder has established himself as a first-team regular at Preston and it has to be noted that he played for the Ireland national team in the past as well. Alan Browne made his Republic of Ireland debut on February 6, 2017 in a friendly game against Mexico.
Highlighted Team (Wycombe):
Founded back in 1887, Wycombe Wanderers are one of the oldest clubs in the League One. The Chairboys are well known for their sky blue and dark blue shirts, but the colour of their away kit is orange combined with gun-metal gray.
Wycombe Wanderers host their rivals at Adams Park, a small stadium in Sands Industrial Estate which can hold up to 10,137 people. Milton Keynes Dons are seen as the club’s main rivals, with the two teams facing each other in the Buckinghamshire derby. Wycombe Wanderers made it to the FA Cup semis in the 2000/2001, with the team repeating the success in the League Cup six seasons later.
It has to be noted that the Chairboys have two FA Trophy titles (1991, 1993). Legendary midfielder Gareth Ainsworth is considered one of the club’s most famous players. Ainsworth scored 16 goals in 112 league appearances for Wycombe Rovers.