Stoke City will face a Wycombe Wanderers side tonight that will “scrap and fight” to stay in the Championship.
Wycombe defied the odds by pipping the likes of Sunderland, Portsmouth and Ipswich Town to win promotion from League One via the play-offs last season.
It has been a baptism of fire for Gareth Ainsworth’s side, but the third-bottom Chairboys are steadily acclimatising to life in the second tier and ahead of the clash with the Potters have lost just one in seven.
Former Port Vale winger Ainsworth believes his side have the tools to stay in the division.
Speaking after Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Derby County, Ainsworth said: “We celebrated a point in League One away at Sunderland two years ago like it was the best thing that this club had ever done so to come to somewhere like Derby County and get a point I think is just phenomenal for Wycombe Wanderers.
“We’ve only lost one in seven now in the Championship and I don’t think anyone would have said that statistic would have been read out this season.
“I’m really pleased, really proud and I firmly believe I’ve got a squad that will scrap and fight and have all the tools to stay in this division.”
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Wycombe will check on Curtis Thompson and Dominic Gape ahead of the game.
Thompson was forced off injured after 17 minutes against Derby while Gape missed that match after he came off with a knock against Huddersfield Town.
Following the end of the national lockdown, Wycombe have been given the green light to let in 1,000 supporters as part of a pilot event.
Buckinghamshire has been placed in Tier 2 which means the Chairboys can eventually admit up to 2,000 fans.