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15:58 31st December 2013

Preview: Exeter City v Wycombe

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The first game of 2014 – just like the first game of 2013 – is against Wycombe Wanderers in League 2.  This time, however, St James Park is the venue.

It is the third time that the Grecians and the Chairboys have locked horns this season.  Wycombe made an earlier-than-scheduled trip to Devon when they were drawn against Exeter in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and triumphed 2-0, and Exeter claimed a 1-1 draw in the first league meeting at Adams Park.

Now the sides are both aiming to kick off the New Year with a victory and to start the second half of the season on the front-foot.  Even with half of the campaign to play, defeat would all but end the prospect of promotion this term for the visitors with the gap ever-widening between Wycombe and the play-off places.

For City, back-to-back victories (following the 3-1 win at Torquay on Sunday) would usher in a fresh wave of optimism.  A home win would also renew the belief that the 2013/14 season is going to be Exeter’s year.

If you’re quick enough off the mark, you can still save £3 on adult and over-60 match tickets by buying online!  Just book through our online system before midnight on New Year’s Eve to take advantage of the discount, and collect from the ticket booths before the game.  Just click here to go to the booking page.

Otherwise, full-price tickets will be available to buy in from the ticket booths around the ground or on entry to the Big Bank.

Sky Bet, the Football League’s title partners, have Exeter down as favourites for this clash offering 13/10 for the Grecians to open 2014 with a win.  Wycombe, who have the advantage of an extra few days rest after their game with Fleetwood was postponed, are priced at 21/10 and you can get 23/10 on a draw. 

The reverse fixture at Adams Park finished 1-1 earlier this season and the same score again is offered at 5/1.  Artur Krysiak put in a storming performance at Plainmoor and he’s 2/1 to keep a clean sheet this time round. 

Tom Nichols opened the scoring in both the recent wins against Accrington and the Gulls and he’s 13/2 to do the same again here and 12/1 to grab a brace. 

Form Guide
Exeter, with two wins in their last four, are in slightly better form going into the fixture.  Wycombe most recently lost at home to Newport but they put four past bottom of the table Northampton before Christmas.  Before that, however, you have to go back to October 19th to find the last time they picked up three points. 
Exeter City (last 6): WLLWDD
Wycombe Wanderers (last 6): LWDLDL

Exeter City wins: 3
Wycombe wins: 4
Draws: 4

Match Officials
Referee: Oliver Langford
Assistant Referees: Brett Huxtable & Christopher Powell
Fourth Official: Lee Swabey

Live Coverage
The best way of seeing the game, of course, is by backing the boys from the stands at St James Park!

But if you can’t make it, listen live through Grecian Player.  For just £17.99 you get six months of access which will see you through to the end of the season.  Click here to sign up – the sale closes on 31st December, so there’s no time to delay!

Otherwise you can follow it live through our Twitter account on @OfficialECFC and get involved using the #ecfc hashtag.  And we’ll also be running the live blog through The Wall – click here to access it and start chatting with fellow Grecians in the buildup to kick-off!

League 2 Fixtures
Bristol Rovers v Cheltenham Town
Dagenham & Redbridge v AFC Wimbledon
Exeter City v Wycombe Wanderers
Fleetwood Town v Accrington Stanley
Hartlepool United v Bury
Mansfield Town v Burton Albion
Newport County AFC v Oxford United
Northampton Town v Chesterfield
Plymouth Argyle v Torquay United
Scunthorpe United v Rochdale
Southend United v Portsmouth
York City v Morecambe

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