Our prediction for this League 1 match:
All roads lead to Wembley Stadium, especially when League One playoffs final takes place. A spot in the Championship will be at stake when Oxford United and Wycombe Wanderers face each other in the English capital, and, no doubt, both teams will leave their hearts on the field. Oxford Utd booked their place in the final thanks to a win over Portsmouth, while Wycombe Wanderers rolled over Fleetwood Town 6-3 on aggregate in the two-legged tie.
The two teams seem to be evenly matched ahead of the decider, and seeing that both sides are likely to adopt a cautious approach in Monday’s showdown, share of spoils is on the cards. Wycombe midfielder Matt Bloomfield, who picked up a knock in the 2-2 draw with Fleetwood Town, is rated doubtful for the final. Oxford attacker Matt Taylor, who has overcome his injury, is pushing for a start.
Highlighted Player (James Henry):
James Henry was born in Reading on 10 June, 1989, but he grew up in Woodley. He began playing football at his home-town club Woodley Saints, but he made progress during his spell at Reading’s youth academy. Henry is a winger who is capable of playing as a centre midfielder as well, but he failed to score for Reading in 10 league appearances for the club.
After ending his loan spells with the likes of Nottingham Forest, Bournemouth, Norwich City and Millwall, he signed a permanent deal with the Lions on 28 July, 2010. Henry signed a three-year deal with Millwall and he made his home debut in a 4-0 win over Hull City.
It has to be noted that Henry played for both Scotland and England at youth level in the past, but he has yet to make his debut for the first team. Henry was born in England, but his parents are Scottish and, as a result, he is eligible to play for both England and Scotland.
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.