Southend United and Wycombe Wanderers meet at Wembley for a place in Sky Bet League 1, but who has the upper hand in the historical head-to-head record?The two promotion-hopefuls have played each other 15 times over the course of history and it’s the Chairboys who have the better record, having won seven meetings prior to the Sky Bet League 2 Play-Off Final.
The first contest between the pair came in 1997 with Wycombe winning 4-1, and they have generally had success against the side they will be plotting to beat at Wembley in Saturday’s 5.30pm kick-off.
Southend have only been victorious in four of the encounters between the duo and they were unable get the better of the Chairboys in the two matches that took place in Sky Bet League 2 this season.
The first meeting came at Adams Park in mid-December and the Chairboys were comfortable 4-1 winners, but it was Southend who actually opened the scoring through Jack Payne. The Chairboys hit back with goals from Paris Cowan-Hall, who has since signed for Millwall, Matt McClure (2) and Joe Jacobson.
The three points that day kept Gareth Ainsworth’s men top of Sky Bet League 2, while Phil Brown’s Blues were down in eighth. In March, when the two teams clashed at Roots Hall, they were fourth and fifth in the table respectively, and their second meeting was a much closer affair.
Barry Corr scored the Shrimpers’ two goals, with Steven Craig netting Wycombe’s first equaliser midway through the first half, before defender Alfie Mawson stole a point with five minutes to go, to extend the Chairboys' unbeaten record in this fixture to four matches, stretching back to February 2013.
When the regular season came to an end in May, Wycombe sat fourth; Southend fifth - both on 84 points – and, after navigating their way past semi-final opponents Plymouth Argyle and Stevenage, they meet under the arch for a place in Sky Bet League 1.
Games between Wycombe and Southend tend to provide entertainment – 44 goals have been shared between the pair over the 15 matches they have played – so expect an open game at Wembley, with the promotion place on offer giving the encounter an added edge
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