Wycombe Wanderers vs Brentford preview: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch
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Wycombe Wanderers will be looking to extend their recent upturn in form with a positive result against Brentford, who sit in 11th. The Bees have drawn three of their last four games and will need to start being more ruthless, if they are to make the play-offs once more. 

The Chairboys, who lost their first seven games, have now accumulated seven points from a possible 12 in recent weeks. Form that has sent a powerful message to those doubting Wycombe Wanderers this season.

Team news

Adebayo Akinfenwa could return to Gareth Ainsworth's starting team come Saturday, after starting on the bench in their 2-0 loss to Nottingham Forest. 

However, the 38-year-old could make a start against The Bees and has proved to be a nightmare for opposing defenders already this season.

Christian Norgaard is liekly to miss the Wycombe game, but is nearing full fitness. However, Pontus Jansson will be available and is expected to start. 

Additionally, summer signing Saman Ghoddos is also pushing for a starting place, but will face serious competition with Sergi Canos, who has started the season terrifically.

Predicted lineups

Wycombe Wanderers: Allsopp; Grimmer, Knight, Stewart, Jacobson; Thompson; Onyedinma, Kashket, Adeniran, Horgan; Akinfenwa

Brentford: Raya; Dalsgaard, Pinnock, Sorensen, Henry; Jensen, Janelt, Dasilva; Mbuemo, Toney, Canos

Ones to watch

From a Wycombe perspective, Daryl Horgan is the player that The Chairboys will want to giving the ball to.

He is an incredibly gifted winger, who will turn his full-back inside out given the chance. He also has quality in the final third and will look to float balls into the box for the on-rushing Akinfenwa. 

For The Bees, it is Ivan Toney who is proving to be a brilliant addition to Thomas Frank's squad. 

He has already hit double figures for the season and he has scored in every single away game since the opening game of the season.

Previous meetings

You would have to cast your minds back to 2012 to remember the last time these two met in league action. 

However the pair competed in a League Cup fixture earlier on this campaign, when Brentford needed penalties to beat a 10-man Wycombe. 

The Bees opened the scoring in the 32nd minute thanks to an Ethan Pinnock header and things got even better for Brentford when Dominic Gape was sent off three minutes after half-time. However, the depleted Chairboys managed to equalise in the 76th minute when Daryl Horgan smashed home from 10 yards out.

How to watch

The game kicks off at 15:00 BST on Saturday and will be available to purchase via the respective clubs' iFollow system.

Wycombe fans, click here.

Brentford fans, click here.

Managers' thoughts

Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth is excited to be back on the touchline, and will be especially looking forward to testing out the new dug-outs. But he is also aware of the threat that the opposition pose,:

"They’re a really good side, they’ve got a lot of talent and an excellent manager in Thomas Frank who’s a good friend and has always been very complimentary about us. They’ve recruited really well down the years and they get it right when they sign players.

“We need to make sure we’re super-prepared and take the performances over the past few games into this match. Even when we were losing games to Millwall, Reading and Norwich, the performances were there and then the points started to come.

“The boys can compete at this level, they’ve proved that. We’re working to finish higher than at least three teams in this division and I see absolutely no reason why we can’t do that.”

A similarly eager Thomas Frank also spoke about how important this international period was and how Brentford have used the time wisely.

"I love to have a Saturday to Saturday week where we can prepare well and train well. It has been a privilege to get some good work into the players and some of the players who are coming back. We have tried to utilise the time well." He said

"The very good news is that Pontus Jansson is fit, available for selection, and will start tomorrow. Shandon Baptiste and Mads Roerslev are still slightly longer but they are on track in terms of time.

"Christian Norgaard is getting closer; he is still a tiny bit away but we hope he will join the team soon. It will probably be some weeks but he is still on schedule."  

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