Match Preview: Wycombe Wanderers vs West Ham United U23s: Checkatrade Trophy Southern Group C Matchday Three

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In the third and final round of Checkatrade Trophy Group Stage matches, Terry Westley’s U23s make the tricky trip to face League Two Wycombe Wanderers, having already Qualified for The Knockout Stages from Southern Group C and in first place.

However, the young Hammers head into the tie in very poor form indeed having slumped to three consecutive losses in The Premier League Two trip to Arsenal last Friday night, whilst The Chairboys are fresh from a home League victory over Yeovil Town, poising things nicely ahead of the encounter.

When?

The clash will take place tonight (Tuesday 28 November 2017) with a kick-off time of 7:45 PM GMT, but unfortunately, no Television Coverage available for viewing in The UK.

However, Live Radio Commentary can be found on BBC Three Counties Radio Sport if you are in that area this evening, alternatively, you can head over to @MooreThanAClub on Twitter for live build-up, updates and reaction from Buckinghamshire.

Where?

Wycombe’s Adams Park Stadium will play the host to the fixture, opened in 1990, it is set in quite spectacular Buckinghamshire Countryside and has been the home of Wanderers since its opening.

The arena has a capacity of just over 10,000 and for a short while, hosted home games of Wasps Rugby Club ending in 2014 and has also been the home of Reading Women since 2016, The Development Squad have visited once before, losing 3-0 last season.

Team News:

Wanderers Manager Gareth Ainsworth has seen his side hit hard by injuries in recent times, with Scott Kashket, Josh Umerah, Nathan Tyson and Michael Harriman all expected to miss out.

Such was the severity of the crisis that in their last outing in this Competition, Ainsworth, 44, was forced to name himself in The Squad for a defeat against Swindon Town, he may have to do so again tonight.

Meanwhile, Hammers Boss Terry Westley is again expected to be without some of his key young stars, losing them again to David Moyes’ first-team, these could include Skipper Declan Rice and Portuguese winger Domingos Quina.

Marcus Browne, Noah Sylvestre and Nathan Holland remain long-term injury absences, but PL2 Division One top scorer Antonio Martinez is expected to be available for selection, but with progression sealed, some U18 stars may get their chance again.

Form:

Wycombe Wanderers and the Development Squad of West Ham United have met once before, since the inclusion of Premier League and selected Championship U23 teams in The Checkatrade Trophy.

This encounter came in winter 2016, the aforementioned clash in this very Competition, where Wanderers recorded a 3-0 home romp thanks to goals from Adebayo Akinfenwa, Scott Kashket and Nick Freeman.

However, the Senior team have met The Chairboys three times in the past, claiming two wins and there being a draw, although the first two encounters were in the 19th century.

Most recently, Hammers under Harry Redknapp defeated Wycombe 0-2 at Adams Park in the 1995 FA Cup Third Round, being helped by goals from Tony Cottee and Kenny Brown.

The Opposition:

Wycombe Wanderers Football Club was formed originally as North Wanderers Football Cub 130 years ago and had thrived into a modern Professional side ever since, mostly competition in League Two.

One of their claims to fame is being Owned, since 2011, by a Supporters’ Trust after financial troubles, and they have come to be known as big giant-killers reaching The Semi-Finals of both The League Cup and FA Cup since the turn of the Century.

Notable former Managers of The Blues include Arsenal and England Legend Tony Adams, current Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill and former Aston Villa man Paul Lambert, all of whose spells brought success to Adams Park.

Nowadays, under the popular figure Ainsworth, Wanderers sit fifth in The League Two Table, comfortably inside The Play-Off places and on a good run of form, although they are mathematically out of The Checkatrade Trophy.

So, with the picturesque Buckinghamshire scene set for a tantalising night of Football League Trophy action, can the Blues bow out in a blaze of glory?

Or, will Westley’s Hammer starlets emerge victorious to secure an away tie with Forest Green Rovers in The Second Round? What do you think? Head over to @MooreThanAClub on Twitter to cast your score predictions and have your say about the encounter.

About the Author

Luke Glanville
Lead Writer and Site Manager of MTJAC, Sub-Editor for the Falbros Media Group.