Third hosts sixth in League One this weekend, as promotion-challengers Wycombe Wanderers and Oxford United face off at Adams Park.
Wycombe find themselves in a decent position regarding automatic promotion, sitting one point off the top two who are level on points, but they have played two games more than Rotherham United, and five games more than Wigan Athletic who are just four points behind them, so those two sides are likely to pull away once their reschedules games are played. But teams would much rather have points on the board as opposed to games in hand and Wanderers have picked up plenty at home, having the best points-per-game ratio at home out of any side outside the top two, and they have been unbeaten at Adams Park in the league for two months, a run that was kept going thanks to a 98th minute equaliser against Sunderland last Sunday.
On the week Oxford set out plans to move away from their current home at the Kassam Stadium, they will be on the road where they have enjoyed some impressive results in recent weeks, including wins at MK Dons and Sheffield Wednesday and a draw at Sunderland; a notable improvement from the one point they collected from their first four away games in League One this season. But their promotion push has suffered a minor blow in recent weeks, given that the U’s have won just one of their last four league games, they are now fighting to stay in the top six having been within touching distance of the automatic places in mid-December.
The reverse fixture earlier in the season was a forgettable encounter, ending in a drab goalless draw at the Kassam Stadium, but the previous meeting before that was a very memorable one for Wycombe, as they beat Oxford in the playoff final at Wembley to secure promotion to the Championship in 2020, with Joe Jacobson’s penalty ten minutes from time sealing a 2-1 win.
Both sides have scored 40+ goals in the league so far this season, but with Wycombe’s strong home form, we fancy them to take the three points here with both teams to score in the game, priced at 4/1.