Oxford United (1) v Portsmouth (1)
Tonight’s second leg between Oxford United and Portsmouth is finely poised after a 1-1 draw in the first leg. Ronan Curtis’ opener for Pompey at Fratton Park on Friday night was cancelled out by a fine solo goal by the U’s Marcus Browne.
Karl Robinson’s side are competing in their first-ever Play-Off campaign, whilst Portsmouth are looking to progress to a Play-Off Final for the first time.
- The last seven meetings between Portsmouth and Oxford in all competitions have seen both sides win twice, with the three encounters this season ending level.
- Portsmouth are without a win in their last four away games against Oxford United in all competitions (D2 L2), since a 1-0 win in August 2014 in League Two.
- Oxford United have won their last three home games, scoring 10 goals and conceding one in the process – although this is their first such game since February (2-1 vs Southend).
- Portsmouth have yet to win a Play-Off game in the Football League, drawing four and losing three times. Indeed, Pompey have netted only one goal in their last four Play-Off fixtures.
- Oxford United manager Karl Robinson has never guided a team to the Play-Off Final, falling short at the Semi-Final stage in 2010-11 and 2011-12 with MK Dons.
- Portsmouth’s Ronan Curtis scored in the first leg versus Oxford, ending a run of 11 appearances and 998 minutes without a goal.
Wycombe Wanderers (4) v Fleetwood Town (1)
Friday night’s game at Highbury had it all. Three goals in the opening 10 minutes saw the Chairboys twice take the lead, and from there Gareth Ainsworth’s men didn’t look back. Joey Barton’s side ended the game with nine men, as Wycombe ran out eventual 4-1 winners, and will be strong favourites to reach Wembley.
- Wycombe Wanderers won the first leg 4-1 – no side has ever been eliminated from a Play-Off Semi-Final in the Football League after winning the first leg by three or more goals.
- Fleetwood Town won on their last away game against Wycombe Wanderers in February (1-0), prior to that win they had lost two and drawn one of their three visits since 2013.
- Wycombe Wanderers have won two of their four home matches in the EFL Play-Offs (D1 L1), with both teams scoring in each of those games. However, both wins came in second leg matches.
- Fleetwood Town were shown as many red cards in the first leg against Wycombe (2), as they did in their previous 40 games in League One.
- Wycombe’s Alex Samuel scored and assisted against Fleetwood in the first leg – the first time he’s done so in a competitive game in his career in England. He last scored in consecutive appearances for the Chairboys in November 2018.
- Fleetwood striker Ched Evans is looking to score in consecutive appearances for the first time since April 2019, with the striker scoring with his only effort against Wycombe last time out (a penalty).