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Match Preview: Brentford vs Wycombe Wanderers

The info ahead of tomorrow's season opener

5 September 2020

33 days after our last competitive outing we are back in action tomorrow. Wycombe Wanderers are the opponents in the Carabao Cup as we play the first competitive game at our new home.

THE OPPOSITION

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Many people's favourites for relegation from League One last campaign, Wycombe are building up to a first ever campaign in the second tier of English football. 

The Chairboys have been busy in the transfer market ahead of the new Sky Bet Championship season. Jason McCarthy has returned to the Club for a fourth time, while Giles Phillips, a useful utility defender on loan last season, has signed on permanently. Daryl Horgan (Hibs), Ryan Tafazolli (Hull City), and Uche Ikpeazu (Hearts) have also arrived. 

New contracts have been handed to Matt Bloomfield, Anthony Stewart, Joe Jacobson (multi-year) and Adebayo Akinfenwa (one-year).

THE MANAGER

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Following a distinguished playing career at all four levels of English football with Preston, Wimbledon and QPR, Ainsworth began his coaching career with Wycombe in 2011, having earned legendary status in his final years as a player. The former QPR caretaker boss was handed the reins at Adams Park in September that year and steered the club away from relegation before hanging up his boots after his 600th career appearance against Port Vale.

Despite financial restraints, Ainsworth successfully kept Wanderers in the EFL the following season before guiding The Chairboys to the Play-Off final 12 months later. After 13th and 9th placed finishes, the 47-year-old clinched his first promotion as a manager in April 2018, following it up last term at Wembley, and is currently the second longest serving manager in the top four divisions.

TEAM NEWS

Thomas Frank has eight internationals who are unavailable. Patrik Gunnarsson, Christian Norgaard, Henrik Dalsgaard, Pontus Jansson, Bryan Mbeumo, Josh Dasilva, Mads Bech, and Halil Dervisoglu are all away while Mads Roerslev's injury on Denmark Under-21 duty will keep him out for a couple of months. 

PRE-MATCH VIEWS

🆚 Sky Sports' James Kilpatrick previews The Chairboys

⚖ Charles Breakspear will be the man in charge

THOMAS' THOUGHTS

LAST TIME OUT

HOW TO FOLLOW

Sunday's game is only available to watch via Sky Sports. For more information click here


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