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Preview: Wycombe (A)

19 August 2017

Notts County travel to Wycombe Wanderers this weekend looking to pick up their first away victory of 2017-18.

The Magpies have won successive games to kickstart their season following a disappointing opening day defeat at Coventry City and a first-round exit in the Carabao Cup.

Wycombe, meanwhile, began the campaign with a 2-2 draw at home to Lincoln before registering a 3-2 win at Port Vale last weekend.

Kevin Nolan is aware of the need to pick up points on the road if his side are to challenge at the right end of the table this term and will be determined to get another three points on the board this weekend.

Notts boss Nolan says...

Nolan press

"We did a good job on them last season; it was one of the best performances after I came in. Hopefully we can emulate that and be a bit more clinical in front of goal."

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Wycombe manager Gareth Ainsworth says...

"Notts County have got some real quality in their squad and bring Premier League experience with the likes of Stead and Ameobi. It will be a big test.

"They have also got some young talent; Jorge Grant is a very talented player, and he has scored three times already this season. He will be on the watch list and we need to keep those types of players quiet."

Team news

Nolan expects to have a fully-fit squad available for the game at Adams Park with nobody limping off during Tuesday's 2-1 Checkatrade Trophy victory over Everton Under 21s.

Ainsworth's side were not in action in midweek, giving time for winger Paris Cowan-Hall (above) to recover from the knock which saw him come off injured in the win at Port Vale.

Central defender Anthony Stewart could be available after an ankle problem, while new signing Craig Mackail-Smith could be handed a home debut after signing for the Chairboys on Thursday.

Dangerman

Craig Mackail-Smith joined the Chairboys on a one-year deal earlier in the week following his release by Luton in May.

The striker, who was an integral part of Peterborough United's rise through the EFL a decade ago, has suffered with injury problems in recent years but is still a feared marksman in the fourth tier.

Indeed, between the 2006-07 and 2010-11 seasons, the 33-year-old scored 114 goals, making him one of the most prolific strikers in the country.

Ainsworth will hope Mackail-Smith can recapture that type of form to spearhead a promotion push.

We've met before...

The sides' previous meeting in Buckinghamshire came in March, with Shola Ameobi scoring the only goal of the game.

The Magpies are unbeaten in their last four visits to Adams Park and there has been no home win in this fixture since April 2008, a run of nine games.

Don't I know you?

The Chairboys brought back fan favourite Nathan Tyson during the summer.

Tyson, who had a 10-game loan spell with Notts in 2013-14, scored 44 times in 87 games for the Buckinghamshire outfit before securing a big-money move to Nottingham Forest and his return was met with delight among Wycombe fans.

What are the odds?

Sky Bet have priced Wycombe up as 11/10 favourites for victory on Saturday afternoon while Notts are 12/5 to come away from Buckinghamshire with all three points. The draw is also 12/5.

A repeat 1-0 scoreline from last season's win at Adams Park can be backed at 17/2 with the 1-0/Shola Ameobi scorecast available at 40/1.

Ameobi is 7/1 to open the scoring with midfielders Jorge Grant and Ryan Yates at 12/1 and 28/1 respectively.

Grant came off the bench last weekend to score both goals in a 2-0 win for Notts and a 2-0/Grant scorecast for this weekend's fixture is a big price at 130/1.

You can get 16/1 on Notts to win from behind, 5/1 for Nolan's men to win to-nil or 11/2 to win with both teams scoring.

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