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Nationwide Footie Facts Easter Stats
  Wycombe Notts County Reading
Played 42 42 42
Goal Attempts
Goals 53 57 53
Average Goals Scored per Game 1.26 1.36 1.26
Shots (excluding blocked shots) 414 356 401
% Shots on Target 47% 45% 47%
% Goals to Shots 12% 16% 13%
Short Passes 7864 8275 8952
Long Passes 3779 3991 3771
Overall Pass Completion % 54.37% 58.15% 59.95%
Total Crosses 766 932 867
Cross Completion % 32.11% 31.55% 32.30%
Goals Conceded 49 48 60
Average Goals Conceded per Game 1.17 1.14 1.43
Tackles 773 859 738
Tackles Won % 47% 50% 45%
Blocks, Clearances & Interceptions 2824 2908 2357
Fouls 489 535 624
Yellow Cards 45 59 75
Red Cards 8 2 2

See also

OPTA index up to 17 April 2000

Stat Attack up to 17 April 2000

Opta Index
Wycombe's Easter Campaign

Wycombe manager Lawrie Sanchez is hoping that the Chairboys can stay unbeaten for the rest of the season but it will be a tough task. Notts County, despite not being able to make the play-offs, are still a good team, while the short trip to Reading on Monday will be very tricky. The Royals have won seven of their last 10 games and will be looking for revenge after a 5-3 drubbing at Adams Park in October.

Opta's inimitable analysis has allowed them to compare the three teams, and here are the results:

The Chairboys, Magpies and Royals have all played 42 games this season, and in many ways their records are very similar. County are the top scorers and the keenest defenders, but the Wycombe back-four pushes them very close. The Reading defence has been leaky all season but with Barry Hunter in commanding form, the Blues are going to have a hard time on Monday.

And although Wycombe have been passing the ball around more slickly in the last few games, their completion rate is still far inferior to the other two sides. In fact, the only team in Division Two who are more inaccurate than the south Bucks team are Millwall. 

There is not much to choose between the teams when it comes to crossing, with John Madejski's playthings just slightly ahead. Wycombe have made fewer crosses County and Reading, suggesting that Sanchez may be wise to purchase a winger in the close season.

The Chairboys still have an FA disciplinary fine hanging over their heads, something that could cost the club dear at the end of the season. The Opta stats reveal that Wycombe have been unfortunate in 1999/2000. Both County and Reading have committed far more fouls than the Blues but have seen just two men sent off apiece. The unfortunate Wanderers have been down to 10 men on six occasions, and down to a mere nine on that fateful night at Colchester.

But that dark day was shattered in joyous style last Saturday, and the team can further impress the fans if they cope with the two games over Easter. A league double over the team from Berkshire would be very welcome indeed...

Duncan Alexander - 19 April 2000

statistics supplied by Carling Opta

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