The League One season comes to an end as Oxford United and Wycombe Wanderers battle it out for the last promotion place at Wembley. We preview this exciting match where the winners will earn promotion to the EFL Championship.
Who is playing?
Oxford United vs Wycombe Wanderers
What competition is it?
League One Playoff Final 2019/20
What time is the League One Playoff Final?
19:30 BST, Monday 13th July 2020
Where is the League One Playoff Final being played?
Wembley Stadium, London, England
Where can I watch League One Playoff Final?
Sky Sports Football
Thoughts on League One Playoff Final – Oxford United vs Wycombe Wanderers
Wembley hosts its second behind closed doors game since the restart as the League One season ends. The two sides have had a quick turnaround, having played two matches in the space of a few days in the Playoff Semi Finals. One week on, the Playoff Final has come around for these two clubs that are yet to hit full match fitness.
The markets are extremely close, as both sides aim to secure promotion from League One. Oxford United, the slight favourites, had a wonderful season. They only lost three times at home, but faired slightly worse on the road with six defeats.
Wycombe meanwhile, managed by Gareth Ainsworth, were the big beneficiaries of clubs voting to end the season early and the table being calculated on a points-per-game basis – they jumped from eighth in the table to third in the final standings.
The U’s have spent four years in non-league since they last played in the second tier in 1998-99. Oxford United were regulars in the second tier in the 1990s. But they fell out of the Football League in 2006 and, after four years in non-league, the U’s could win promotion to the Championship just 10 years after returning climbing out of non-league. Karl Robinson’s men won five consecutive games to climb into promotion contention before they suspended the season in March because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Wycombe’s defence will have to be at their best if they’re to stop Oxford United from scoring. Oxford have scored in their last four home games and they have failed to score in just 19% of league matches this season. Oxford also have the better record from the two sides recent meetings, winning four and losing one from the last six games between the two sides. They have scored in each of the last seven first halves of their matches, with 50% of those first half goals scored arriving between the 43rd-45th minutes.
Until 1993-94, Wycombe’s entire existence was in non-league. The Choirboys are aiming to reach the Championship for the first time in their history. Finishing in third set up a play-off semi final against Fleetwood Town, and gave Wycombe home advantage in the second leg. However, Wycombe did the damage in the first leg, going 2-1 up after a manic first six minutes and eventually ran out 4-1 winners at Highbury with Fleetwood finishing the game with nine men. A 2-2 draw at Adams Park sealed a 6-3 aggregate win and sealed Wycombe’s place at Wembley.
Wycombe spent much of the season in the automatic promotion places but fell away. However, they have now won three and lost one of their last five games either side of the break. On average Wycombe Wanderers score 1.42 goals and concede 1.19 goals per match. 44% of Wycombe Wanderers’s matches ended with both teams scoring and their average total goals per match is 2.61.
Head to Head
Oxford United recent matches:
- Portsmouth (h) 1-1 draw (set) Oxford win 5-4 on penalties
- Portsmouth (a) 1-1 draw
- Shrewsbury (a) 2-3 win
- Southend (h) 2-1 win
- Accrington (h) 3-0 win
Wycombe Wanderers recent matches:
- Fleetwood (h) 2-2 draw
- Fleetwood (a) 1-4 win
- Doncaster (a) 3-1 defeat
- Tranmere (h) 3-1 win
- Bolton (a) 0-2 win
Oxford United Top Contributors
- James Henry (Midfielder) – 12 goals and 9 assists. Henry had the 4th highest number of assists in League one last season.
- Matt Taylor (Forward) – 13 goals and 2 assists. Taylor was Oxford’s top scorer last season and the 8th highest scorer in League One.
Wycombe Wanderers Top Contributors
- Adebayo Akinfenwa (Forward) – 10 goals and 5 assists. The experienced frontman finished as Wycombe’s top scorer last season and scored all seven of his penalties in his career.
- Joe Jacobson (Defender) – 9 goals and 2 assists. Although, Jacobsen is a defender he finished as Wycombe’s 2nd highest scorer as he takes free kicks and penalties. In his career he has converted exactly 75% of his penalties (18 out of 24).
|21st December 2019||OXU 1-0 WYC||EFL League One|
|30th March 2019||OXU 2-1 WYC||EFL League One|
|6th November 2018||WYC 0-3 OXF||EFL Trophy|
|15th September 2018||WYC 0-0 OXU||EFL League One|
|7th May 2016||OXU 3-0 WYC||EFL League Two|
Matthew’s Betting tips
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