Our prediction for this League 1 match:
A spot in the Championship will be at stake when Sunderland and Wycombe go head to head at Wembley Stadium in the playoffs final. The Black Cats set up a meeting with the Chairboys by beating Sheffield Wednesday in the double-header, and they must be high on spirits ahead of the decider. Fit-again Wales international Nathan Broadhead is pushing for a start, while both Leon Dajaku and Carl Winchester are likely to miss the game with injuries.
Wycombe, on the other hand, did well to eliminate MK Dons in the semis, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in the Wembley Stadium showdown. Sunderland scored six goals in total in the previous two meetings with Wycombe, and seeing that they are a more experienced side, home win should be considered. There are no fresh injury worries in Gareth Ainsworth’s team ahead of the League One playoffs final.
Highlighted Player (Danny Batth):
At the age of 10 Danny Batth joined Wolverhampton football academy. He was soon named the captain of the Wolves youth team and nobody was surprised when he made his debut for the senior team. The defender, who was born on 21 September, 1990 scored nine goals in 140 league appearances for Wolverhampton, but it has to be noted that he played for the likes of Colchester United, Sheffield United and their bitter rivals Sheffield Wednesday on loan as well.
Danny Batth won the Football League One with Wolverhampton in the 2013/2014 season and, speaking of his individual awards, he was named Wolves Young Professional of the Year in the 2009/2010 campaign. Batth book his place in the 2013/2014 PFA League One Team of the Year as well. The 191-cm-tall centre back scored his first professional goal on 20 February in Colchester United’s 1-0 victory over Oldham Athletic.
Daniel Batth was born in Brierley Hill, West Midlands and he is the only footballer to play in all 46 matches for Wolves in the 2013/2014 season.
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.