League Two play-off final preview: Southend and Wycombe clash at Wembley
Last Updated: 22/05/15 2:03pm
A place in League One is up grabs when Southend and Wycombe Wanderers meet in the League Two play-off final at Wembley on Saturday afternoon.
Both teams missed out on automatic promotion by a single point but finished streets ahead of Stevenage and Plymouth, the other two play-off competitors.
Wycombe dispatched Plymouth 5-3 on aggregate to reach the final while Southend required extra-time to see off Stevenage over two legs.
The Shrimpers lost at the semi-final stage last year but will be looking to secure promotion against a Wycombe team they failed to beat in the league.
Gareth Ainsworth's side won 4-1 at Adams Park and then battled back for a 2-2 draw in the return fixture in March.
Wycombe may adapt to the neutral venue better, having taken 10 more points from their away matches than their home ones (47 to 37), but Southend had one of the best defensive records in League Two.
Only Shrewsbury Town and Plymouth Argyle conceded less goals than Southend's 38, but the Shrimpers have been beaten on their previous two trips to Wembley.
Wycombe, on the other hand, have fond memories of Wembley having won on their last three visits, although the most recent was a 1994 play-off final win over Preston.
The Chairboys still have a concern over first-choice goalkeeper Matt Ingram, who missed both legs of the semi-final with injury.
If he is unavailable then 20-year-old Alex Lynch will again be between the sticks while Steven Craig could return from a hamstring injury.
Southend will be without Adam Thompson due to a shoulder injury but Michael Timlin is expected to start.
Southend are marginal favourites to win promotion to League One, with Sky Bet pricing them at 7/5 to win in 90 minutes and Wycombe at 9/5.
Either team to win on penalties is 4/1 while Barry Corr is the favourite to score first at 5/1 and Paul Hayes is 6/1.