Our prediction for this League 1 match:
High-flying Derby County will be looking to extend their winning run to six games when they take on Wycombe Wanderers in the League One round 22. The Rams look unstoppable at the moment, but boss Paul Warne must warn his men against complacency. Barring any fresh injury worries, Warne is unlikely to make changes to the team that outplayed Leyton Orient 3-0 at the weekend.
The Chairboys, on the other hand, are on a four-game losing run in the English third tier and given their difficulties in front of goal, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the in-form hosts. Even though there are no fresh injury worries in the visiting team, all Taylor, McCleary, and Vokes are pushing for recalls to the starting XI. In their last meeting at the venue Derby defeated Wycombe 2-1 and we predict that history is going to repeat itself.
Highlighted Player (Conor Hourihane):
Conor Hourihane is an Irish footballer who plays for Barnsley. The midfielder was born on 2 February, 1991 and he started his youth career at Premier League club Sunderland. In 2011 he joined Plymouth Argyle and he spent three years at Home Park.
After scoring 15 goals in 125 appearances for the Pilgrims in 2014 Hourihane decided to take next big step in his career. On 23 June he signed a three-year deal with Barnsley for a fee of £250,000. In August he won the League One Player of the Month award and, no doubt, he made a flying start to his Barnsley career. Hourihane made 46 appearances for the Tykes in the 2014/2015 League One campaign, scoring 15 goals and he certainly helped the team return to the Championship.
The Irish midfielder has eight caps for the U-21 team. His main position is central midfield, but he is capable of playing as defensive and left midfielder as well. Conor Hourihane is a right-footed footballer.
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.