Four months on from their most up-to-date outings, Fleetwood Town and Wycombe Wanderers meet at Highbury Stadium on Friday within the first leg of their League One playoff semi-final.
Wycombe finished third within the table after clubs voted to finish the season early and settle each position on a points-per-game basis, while Fleetwood claimed sixth place.
Wanderers’s biggest game of the season, perhaps of their history, are going to be played ahead of their smallest crowd,
as football prepares to explode back to life after a four-month absence in surreal but scintillating fashion.
You know the story by now. Gareth Ainsworth’s men were enjoying their best ever season, spending most of it within the top two,
before the coronavirus pandemic called a halt to proceedings with the club placed in eighth, but with a game in hand.
A points-per-game calculation presented them with a finish , fixing a two-legged affair with Fleetwood for the proper to face either Portsmouth or Oxford at Wembley.
No wonder, then, that Barton is “supremely confident” his side can overcome Wycombe and book an area within the final,
which is scheduled to require place at Wembley on July 13.
Town are in and round the playoffs for the overwhelming majority of the season,
but they only marginally edged out Peterborough to secure an area within the end-of-season lottery.
Now they’re just three games faraway from booking an area within the Championship for the primary time in their history,
an achievement which will see Barton go down in club folklore.
Swindon Town vs Accrington Stanley Team News
The prolonged gap between games means Fleetwood have a fully-fit squad to settle on from on Friday.
Wes Burns was a second-half substitute against Portsmouth on March 10 but is in contention to return to the side for this huge clash, possibly within the place of Josh Morris.
Wycombe are unable to call upon full-back Jason McCarthy as he has returned to parent club Millwall since their most up-to-date outing – a 3-1 loss to Doncaster Rovers on leap day .
Adebayo Akinfenwa has featured in 32 of Wanderers’ 34 league games this term and is predicted to steer the road against
Fleetwood, with Alex Samuel and David Wheeler providing support.
Four weeks of preparation are and gone, with no form or momentum from previous matches to hold into these two games.
The side that adjusts best to unnatural surroundings, finds the proper tempo, keeps their heads and remains best organised could be the one to triumph,
and it’s almost time for the lecture stop and therefore the football to require centre stage after far too long away.
Chairboys fans are going to be glued to their screens across the world ,
as their side exit for his or her first ever play-off adventure at this stage in their 133 years of history.
FSwindon Town vs Accrington Stanley Line Up
Fleetwood possible starting lineup:
Eastham; Coyle, Gibson, Souttar, Andrew; Connolly, Whelan, Coutts; Burns, Evans, McKay
Wycombe possible starting lineup:
Allsop; Jombati, Charles, Stewart, Jacobson; Freeman, Gape, Thompson; Samuel, Akinfenwa, Wheeler
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Fleetwood took four points off Wycombe during the regular season and boast the joint-best home record united One this term,
so we are backing Barton’s men to require a slender lead into next week’s reverse fixture.
HOW TO WATCH & FOLLOW Swindon Town vs Accrington Stanley
On TV: Live on Sky Sports Football from 7.25pm on Friday.
Online: Sky Customers can also watch on Sky Go or the Sky Sports app from 7.25pm.
How to follow: You will be able to follow our live blog from 6.15pm right here across all our digital platforms, where we will have free in-game clips of all the goals and key moments, and free highlights shortly after full-time.
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