Wycombe Wanderers vs Derby County preview: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch
Colin Kazim Richards celebrating his wonder strike in the  2-1 defeat of Middlesbrough at the weekend  (photo by Mark Thompson/Getty images)

Wycombe Wanderers come into this game on the back of a 3-2 win over Carlos Corberan's Huddersfield Town at the John Smith's Stadium. Goals from Juninho Bacuna and Isaac Mbenza put the hosts in the driving seat but Anis Mehmeti pulled one back before the interval, and Joe Jacobson's penalty levelled matters before Josh Knight drilled home a late winner to complete the turnaround.

Wycombe Wanderers are at the bottom of the EFL Championship table, but they have given a good account of themselves so far. Gareth Ainsworth's side are not an easy team to beat, and they have enjoyed some good matches this season.

Derby County, on the other hand, beat Neil Warnock's Middlesbrough 2-1 at the Pride Park Stadium. Lee Gregory marked his full debut with a goal and an assist. He broke the deadlock in the opening stages of the game when he powered home Lee Buchanan's cross from close range before Colin Kazim-Richards unleashed a right-footed rocket that blasted off the underside of the crossbar and into the back of the net. Midfielder Neeskens Kebano scored the sole goal for Middlesbrough.

Derby are 19th in the league table, and have won four of their last five league games. They have stabilised under the management of Wayne Rooney.

  • Team News

Wycombe Wanderers will be without midfielder Dominic Gape, who is nursing an injury. Other than that there are no known issues and manager Gareth Ainsworth is expected to have a fully fit squad at his disposal.

Meanwhile, Derby County manager Wayne Rooney will be unable to call upon the services of Polish midfielder Krystian Bielik and veteran centre-back Curtis Davies, while there are doubts over the availability of Wales international Tom Lawrence and young forward Jack Stretton.

  • Predicted Lineups

Wycombe Wanderers Predicted XI (4-3-3): Ryan Allsop, Jason McCarthy, Anthony Stewart, Ryan Tafazolli, Joe Jacobson, David Wheeler, Josh Knight, Anis Mehmeti, Garath McCleary, Uche Ikpeazu, Daryl Horgan

Derby County Predicted XI (4-4-2): David Marshall, Nathan Byrne, Andre Wisdom, Matt Clarke, Lee Buchanan, Martyn Waghorn, Jason Knight, Graeme Shinnie, Kamil Jozwiak, Colin Kazim-Richards, Lee Gregory

  • Ones to watch

Uche Ikpeazu 

Uche Ikpeazu completed his first 90 minutes since 2019 with an outstanding display at Huddersfield, once the scene of a low point in his career.

He won the penalty that helped the Chairboys come from 2-0 down to beat Huddersfield 3-2.

Ikpeazu was more than happy to allow Joe Jacobson to take the spot-kick hailing him as “one the best penalty takers in the football league”.

The summer signing has had an injury-hit start to time at Adams Park but believes there are more goals to come this season.

He has scored twice in the Championship this season and he will be hoping to add to that figure if Wycombe are looking at mounting a safety charge.

Ikpeazu said: “I am a striker and I want to score goals. I am going to get my goals this season, I have no doubt. JJ is probably one of the best penalty takers in the football league so I have to respect that. Of course I want to score goals but he is the penalty taker.”

Lee Gregory

Gregory marked his full debut for the club with the opening goal of the game on 15 minutes, heading home from a well-executed corner routine.

And he had a hand in the second goal as well as he laid the ball off to Colin Kazim-Richards on the half hour mark, who fired an unstoppable effort into the net from distance.

Gregory’s goal and assist will grab the headlines but his all-round play was also impressive. The striker was delighted with the win, which extended Derby’s winning run at home to three games, and lifted Wayne Rooney's side out of the relegation places.

“It does not matter who scores, as long as we got the three points, that is all that matters,” he told RamsTV. “I am glad to get the goal today, I have to say."

  • Previous meetings 

Wycombe Wanderers and Derby County have played against each other once before. This was last year in the the EFL Championship.

The game ended in a 1-1 draw. A goal from United States of America international Duane Holmes, now at Huddersfield Town, for Derby County was cancelled out by a goal from veteran midfielder Matt Bloomfield for Wycombe Wanderers.

Wycombe Wanderers form guide in the EFL Championship: W-L-L-D-L

Derby County form guide in the EFL Championship: W-L-W-W-W

How to watch 

Kick off: 19.45 GMT, Tuesday 16th February

The game will be available for both sets of fans from either club's website, with Derby using their own service RamsTV whilst Wycombe will be streaming the game on iFollow. Passes available from team websites.

  • Managers' thoughts

Wycombe Wanderers

“We have nothing to fear,” Ainsworth said. “I spoke to Rob [Couhig - owner] in midweek and he has of the same opinion as me. We want to be here, we deserve to be here, so let’s give everything we have got to stay here. We are 10 points adrift, and that is a tough ask, but there are a lot of points to play for and it is doable, of course it is.

“I have to credit Alex Samuel. Before the game, he told the boys in the changing room to write their own story this season. Nobody will believe it, but let’s go and do it.

“I am looking forward to seeing that mentality, that focus, that aggressive way of playing in every game. If you do that, you get moments like this which make it all worthwhile, so let’s crack on and pick up another win on Tuesday.”

Derby County

Rooney has made it clear the Rams are set for a tough game and has stressed his side must go into the game with the right mindset.

“I think it will be similar to the Middlesbrough game,” Rooney told RamsTV. “They are very direct, they do not mess around, they don’t try and over-play.

“They get the ball forward and try to get it in the box, so we have to be ready for that. We must be prepared and not give silly free-kicks away in our own half and that they can get into the box.

“We have to manage the game right. If we do that then we will have a chance of getting a win.”

He added: “We know it will be a tough game. I know they are at the bottom of the table, but every game in this league is a tough game so we must be professional. We have to go there with the right mindset, do our jobs and give ourselves the best chance to get the three points.”

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