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Preview: Wycombe Wanderers vs. Swansea City - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Saturday's Championship game between Wycombe Wanderers and Swansea City, including team news and predicted lineups.

Swansea City make the long trip to Adams Park to face Wycombe Wanderers looking to extend their unbeaten start in the Championship to three matches.

Meanwhile, after defeats to Rotherham United and Blackburn Rovers, last season's League One playoff winners are still searching for their first goal and point in the second tier.


Match preview

Swansea City manager Steve Cooper pictured on June 27 2020© Reuters

With just one goal being netted in matches against Preston North End and Birmingham City, it is clear that Swansea require a replacement for Liverpool loanee Rhian Brewster.

However, while his side are keeping clean sheets, manager Steve Cooper may feel relaxed over the limited return in the final third during the early weeks of the season.

The priority will be on ensuring that Swansea remain in and around the playoffs throughout the campaign, rather than requiring a late surge to finish in the top six like they did last season.

On paper, the Welsh side have a run of fixtures which should provide them with the chance to make significant headway, with games against Millwall, Huddersfield Town and Coventry City to follow the trip to Buckinghamshire.

Wycombe, on the other hand, are heading into the majority of their opening matches as the clear underdogs, something which benefitted them at times in League One.

That said, the step up to Championship level is far steeper, and Gareth Ainsworth will be aware that his team can ill-afford many afternoons like they experienced at Ewood Park.

Although the second-half dismissal of Darius Charles did not help matters, Wycombe were already three goals adrift against Blackburn, who netted each of those strikes within 33 minutes.

The early capitulation should prove to be a reality check for Ainsworth and his players, who are at risk of seeing their fairytale promotion quickly turn into a nightmare.

Wycombe Wanderers Championship form: LL
Wycombe Wanderers form (all competitions): DLL

Swansea City Championship form: WD
Swansea City form (all competitions): LWD


Team News

Wycombe Wanderers boss Gareth Ainsworth pictured on September 7, 2019© Reuters

With Charles serving a ban, Ainsworth is expected to hand a start to summer arrival Ryan Tafazolli.

The manner of their most recent defeat means that David Stockdale, Jason McCarthy and Uche Ikpeazu could all come into the first XI.

Despite his side's lack of goals, Cooper is unlikely to make any changes to his Swansea setup.

That will see the likes of Kyle Naughton and Wayne Routledge remaining among the substitutes.

Wycombe Wanderers possible starting lineup:
Stockdale; McCarthy, Stewart, Charles, Jacobson; Pattison, Bloomfield; Wheeler, Horgan, Onyedinma; Ikpeazu

Swansea City possible starting lineup:
Woodman; Cabango, Rodon, Guehi; Roberts, Smith, Grimes, Bidwell; Gibbs-White; Lowe, Ayew


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We say: Wycombe Wanderers 1-2 Swansea City

With Wycombe behind Swansea in every department heading into this contest, the visitors are the clear favourites to emerge victorious. However, with the Welsh side not firing on all cylinders in the final third, do not be surprised if they have to work hard for the win.


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