Liverpool are the newly-crowned champions of English football. Just below them in the Premier League table, other teams are jostling for an opportunity to qualify for Europe.
At the bottom of the table, Norwich became the first side to get relegated this season. As two more other sides join the Canaries in relegation, three other sides will gain promotion from the English Championship.
The same process will also occur in the English League One. For those that are not sure, that’s how club football works generally, with teams gaining promotion through the ranks.
Last week, it was all about the play-offs semi-final in the League One.
Earlier, Conventry and Rotherham had secured qualification to the Championship from England’s third-tier football league. For the final slot, four teams had to compete – Wycombe, Oxford United, Portsmouth and Fleetwood.
After four semi-final games (both games were two-legged), Wycombe and Oxford United will now lock horns in the League One play-offs final.
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For Wycombe, they finished off a 1-4 first-leg away win with a 2-2 draw at home, to send Fleetwood packing. It reflected a bit of their form before the pandemic ended the football season. In February, they played six games, with both teams scoring in half of those games.
For Oxford United, they were in fourth (a spot behind Wycombe) when the league was cancelled. They needed penalties to come this far after both semi-final games ended in a draw. And just like Wycombe, they conceded goals in both of their semi-final games.
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But they will be looking forward to their clash against Wycombe at Wembley Stadium because the stats show that they know how to play against them. In their last five League One meetings, Wycombe has not been able to defeat Oxford United.
The last time Wycombe managed a win against Oxford United was in 2015. And that was the second of the two wins against Oxford in their last 10 meetings.
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However, when push comes to shove, Wycombe’s goalscoring feats in the League One play-offs this year cannot be overlooked. They scored twice the amount of goals Oxford could manage in those two semi-final games.
It’s now or never or yet another long wait for both sides.
Wycombe are now seeking promotion to the Championship for the first time in their 133-year history. But they will have to lay their League One play-offs final without their fans to cheer them on.
One more giant to slay and they will be just one league away from the Premier League.
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