Fleetwood Town travel to Wycombe Wanderers on Monday 6 July for the play-off semi-final second leg, and in our match preview, we have all you need to know ahead of kick-off.
Fixture: Wycombe Wanderers v Fleetwood Town
Competition: Sky Bet League One | Play-off semi-final second leg
Date: Monday 6 July 2020
Venue: Adams Park, Hillbottom Road, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP12 4HJ
Darren Bond (Referee), Andrew Fox and Graham Kane (Assistants) Joshua Smith (Fourth Official)
Mr. Bond is the referee for the match on Monday, and has predominantly been refereeing in the Championship for the last two seasons. His last match involving Fleetwood though was back in April 2019, when the Cod Army made the short trip to Bloomfield Road.
The man in the middle has officiated in 29 games this season. He has shown 98 yellow cards and two red cards in all competitions this campaign. His last match was on Saturday in the goalless goal between Huddersfield and Preston North End.
THE STORY OF THE FIRST LEG
The last meeting between the two sides was on Friday 3 July at Highbury Stadium in the first leg of the Play-Off semi-finals, and it finished 4-1 to Wycombe Wanderers.
The opening encounters of the game were packed with action as the fixture had three goals by the sixth minute, with Fleetwood's Ched Evans equalising for the hosts after Nnamdi Ofoborh's opener found the back of the net through a crowded penalty box. Town were down to ten men midway through the first half as Lewie Coyle saw red for a rash tackle on Joe Jacobson - who later saw his penalty saved by Alex Cairns. But the drama wasn't over, David Wheeler scored just before the break to see the Chairboys lead 3-1 at the interval.
Fleetwood began the second half the brighter of the two sides, but it was the visitors who scored the next goal when Alex Samuel capitalised on a loose ball to make it 4-1 and put the first leg to rest. Paddy Madden picked up two quick yellow cards after he was denied a penalty from the referee, meaning the Irishman and Coyle are out of the second leg.
ONE TO WATCH – FRED ONYEDINMA
Onyedinma is a 23-year-old midfielder, who played a huge role in Wycombe’s victory at Highbury.
The six-foot tall Englishman – who was born in Lagos, Nigeria - has played 15 times this season, and in those 15 matches, has only been on the losing side twice (one of those times was back in February when Fleetwood won 1-0 at Adams Park.
He has scored four goals this season, with two coming in the Chairboys’ 3-0 away win at Rochdale back in September. A rarity for the midfielder, but always a threat from set-pieces.
Onyedinma started off his career at Millwall in 2013 where he signed on a youth contract and was loaned out to his current club a year later. He went on to make 27 appearances for Wycombe, before later going back in August 2018 for a six-month loan spell.
The move became permanent in July 2019, and it’s a place the 23-year-old calls home after first playing for the team back in November 2014.
WHAT JOEY BARTON HAD TO SAY
Fleetwood Town head coach Joey Barton spoke after Friday’s encounter against the Chairboys, and know his players will be going to Adams Park to win the match.
Click HERE to see what Barton had to say on the fixture.
SKY BET’S BETTING ODDS
Fleetwood are 8/5 to win the second play-off semi-final against Wycombe, whilst the hosts are 17/10 to win and book their place in the Play-Off Final next Monday at Wembley. A draw between the two sides is currently at 21/10 odds.
One of Sky Bets’ price boosts odds for this fixture is for Akinfenwa and Evans to score, with Jacobson and Coutts to be carded – 80/1.
You can get odds of Josh Morris to score and Fleetwood to win in 90 minutes at 11/2.
Joey Barton’s side are 14/1 to get through to the Play-Off Final.