Marcus Braddock previews Town's trip to Adams Park
This weekend sees Shrewsbury Town travel to Buckinghamshire to face this seasons surprise package, Wycombe Wanderers. So far, it's been a season to remember for the Chairboys who currently sit in second place in Skybet League One with just one defeat from their fifteen games. That defeat, away at Gillingham saw them lose by two goals, a result that seemed unlikely before the game. Only two teams have taken any points at Adams Park this season, Peterborough who shard six goals in a 3-3 draw and Accrington who got away with a 1-1 draw. At home, the Chairboys have kept clean sheets against Portsmouth, Sunderland and Bolton Wanderers but have conceded three goals on two occasions.
Wycombe's main threat on goal is Adebayo Akinfenwa who's scored five league goals so far. They also have three players who've scored four times, defender Joe Jacobson, striker Scott Kashket and midfielder Fred Omyedinma, so plenty of secondary threats to worry about.
Akinfenwa is also top on assists with four with Anthony Stewart and Nick Freeman on two each from defence and midfield respectively.
Head to Head
We've played Wycombe 26 times and we've never won at Adams park in the league. We have drawn there six times including five 1-1's. Our best result against them in any competition is the 0-7 in the Football League Trophy in 2008 and our worst result at Adams Park is a 3-0 win from 1997 in League Two.
Our referee this weekend is Brett Huxtable from Devon. Mr Huxtable has been a Skybet Football League referee since 2016, a season that saw him take charge in our 0-1 win at Scunthorpe and our 2-0 defeat at Bristol Rovers. He was also in charge of our 2-1 defeat at Plymouth last season and our 1-0 defeat at Milton Keynes earlier this season. He's dished out 45 yellow cards but no red ones in his 12 games this season.
It's still too soon to expect to see Ethan Ebanks Landell but he has returned to training. Ryan Giles and Daniel Udoh both have knee injuries and Romaine Vincalot will be missing for a fair while yet.
As ever, I think this is going to be a difficult one. Wycombe are in great form and looking difficult to beat. Add to that that we've not beaten them at Adams Park in the League and it begins to look like a very difficult task indeed. They defend well as a team and have threats in all sort of areas, meaning we'll be well tested this weekend. Having said all of that, we weren't expected to beat Sunderland but we did.