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The Chairboys flying high

Gareth Ainsworth and his Wycombe Wanderers are enjoying their 2019/20 campaign in League One so far, with the Chairboys five points clear at the top of the table.

Wycombe have only lost one game so far this season and they are looking very comfortable at the top of League One.

Wycombe manager, Gareth Ainsworth

However, it is going to be a very difficult winter period for Ainsworth’s men as they face Burton Albion, Oxford United, Portsmouth, Coventry City, Ipswich Town, Peterborough United and Sunderland; who are all aiming for promotion this season.

The real test starts for the Blues with the toughest fixtures of the season all coming at once.

If they manage to stay in the play offs or even the automatic places, after the upcoming fixtures, then Wycombe fans will deserve something to cheer about come the end of the season.

With the Chairboys having the third lowest budget in the league, it just goes to show the brilliance of Ainsworth, his staff and his players.

The underdogs are starting to show the big boys like Ipswich, Coventry and Sunderland; that they are a team who needs to be taken seriously.

How is the League One table looking so far

As we approach week eight of the League One season, there have been a few surprises up and down the table.

Flying high

Wycombe Wanderers have been the surprise package under Gareth Ainsworth this season, as the Chairboys sit top of the table, unbeaten this season.

Defender, Joe Jacobson has been the stand out performance so far as he has managed to grab four goals already this season.

Second place, Coventry City are level on points with the Chairboys, but sit behind them through goal difference.

Another side unbeaten this season, Mark Robins’ men have been producing eye watering football at their temporary home, St Andrew’s.

Coventry City’s temporary home, St Andrews Trillion Trophy Stadium

Ipswich Town are currently sitting in third place, a point behind the top two, but with a game in hand.

New signing, James Norwood has looked like signing of the summer in League One so far this season, as he currently has five goals in six games for the Tractor Boys, who will be fighting for promotion under Paul Lambert this season.

Facing the drop

However, Portsmouth, a team who looked to be fighting for promotion, is struggling in 18th place with only one win this season. No one would’ve predicted this start from Kenny Jacket’s side.

Kenny Jackett is feeling the pressure at Pompey

Another side struggling is Southend who are second from bottom, losing six out of six.

The Shrimpers have only scored four goals this season and conceded 17, which is the joint most amount. The Seasiders have a lot to do if they want to stay in League One this season.

Bottom of the table, Bolton Wanderers currently have -11 points, but with a new owner and an addition of 10 new signings, the Trotters will be hoping to pick up more points to try and get out of the relegation zone.

Up and down in League Two

The basement division of the Football League, League Two, is highly competitive year in year out with teams ensuring they don’t fall through the trap door and into non-league football at one end and at the other, teams desperate for promotion and the opportunity to play some well established and reasonably sized clubs in League One.

Some big clubs have fallen out of the Football League and struggled to come back with the likes of Wrexham FC, Stockport County and Macclesfield Town to name a few still plying their trade in the non-league side of the game.

With this in mind, we take a look at the clubs who look like getting promoted this season and those who unfortunately look like falling out of the Football League.

Firstly at the bottom end of the table, Barnet FC who currently occupy the last place are going to need a miracle to survive. The ‘Bees’ find themselves 7 points adrift of safety and with just 1 win in their last 5 games, they look a team bereft of confidence. The club did this week part company with manager Graham Westley and immediately after announced that Martin Allen would be back in the hot seat for the FIFTH time.

Whether Allen can provide the great escape remains to be seen, but with the club still having to play teams around them this could provide them with a platform for that escape.

The other team in desperate trouble at the wrong end of the table are Chesterfield FC, who like Barnet have gone through a change of manager this season as they bought Jack Lester in to replace Gary Caldwell in September. Despite the change of management the ‘Spireites’ still find themselves in trouble as they are 6 points adrift of Grimsby Town who are just above them in the league table, and with the two sides locking horns in early April it could be the decider as to who ends up going down.

At the top end of the division sees the side with one of, if not the smallest budget in the league flying high. Accrington Stanley finds themselves top of the league 3 points clear of Luton Town with a game in hand and on a run of 9 games unbeaten.

John Coleman’s men have surprised many to be sitting top of the league with just 9 games to go, but having played some attractive attacking football and having 3 players in double figures with goals its hard to deny ‘Stanley’ top spot in the league table. If they can continue the terrific run they have been on then come May they will be lifting the league title.

Luton Town were the early pace-setters in the league but recent form has seen them slip to second place and on a run of 5 games without a victory it will be cause for concern for the ‘Hatters’ supporters, as they would prefer to go up automatically rather than via the playoffs.

If the club can rekindle some of the form that they were in at the start of the season then there is no reason why they can go up automatically and also push Accrington all the way to the wire in terms of who will win the league title.

Wycombe Wanderers occupy the final automatic promotion spot in League Two and find themselves 3 points ahead of the chasing playoff pack. ‘The Chairboys’ have plenty of firepower in their team with Craig Mackail-Smith, Nathan Tyson and Adebayo Akinfenwa but indifferent form in recent times hasnt helped the club consolidate a strong automatic promotion spot.

Just two wins in their last five games will be cause for concern for the Wycombe supporters but with the playing staff they have access to and the fact that they are the leagues second highest goal scorers behind Luton, they will be hoping that they can fire themselves to promotion.

League Two fans let us know who you believe will go up and unfortunately go down this season in the comments section…

One player Wycombe should sign to secure promotion to League One

Gareth Ainsworth has been in charge of League Two Wycombe for six years, and has steadied the ship, transforming Wycombe into a stable club aiming for promotion. With his side aiming for promotion this season, and currently sitting just outside the automatic promotion spots, which one player should they be targeting to help them go up?

Otis Khan currently plays for Yeovil and is an winger capable of playing on either the left or the right but is arguably most effective on the left. At 22 years old the ex Man United trainee would be a signing for the future, as well as someone who would be able to offer match winning performances straight away.

This season the winger has played 37 times, scored 10 goals and contributed eight assists  in all competitions for Yeovil, a team fighting relegation. His goals and assists have earned Yeovil 11 points in League Two, and he has also contributed three goals and one assist in Yeovil’s FA Cup campaign.

His pace, trickery and eye for goal would make him a brilliant addition to Wycombe’s side. However, with this in mind Wycombe would face a lot of competition for his signature, from teams not only in League Two but above.

Wycombe have two deadly strikers in Adebayo Akinfenwa and Craig Mackail-Smith, who have already scored 23 goals between them, with the service Khan can offer that number could be expected to increase considerably over the second half of the season. A move for Khan would highlight Wycombe’s intent in the transfer window, and although he would not come cheap, it would be considered money well spent if his goals fired them to promotion.

Wycombe fans would you like to see Otis Khan at Adams Park? Let us know in the comments section…