Festive football has so far eluded Wycombe Wanderers this year due to Covid-19, but after 18 days since their previous fixture, they will be walking across that white line to take on Ipswich Town at Portman Road this evening.

With the away trip at Bolton Wanderers on December 18 being called off, as well as the Boxing Day home clash against Cambridge United due to some of the opposition players contracting the virus, the 2-2 draw against AFC Wimbledon on December 11 remains the Chairboys’ most recent game as they continue their Championship push.

And despite not playing in nearly three weeks, the Adams Park side remain in the play-off places, and are only four points off the automatic spots, whilst also being unbeaten in five, picking up 11 points from their last 15 available.

Tonight will be Wycombes second visit to Portman Road (PA)

Tonight will be Wycombe's second visit to Portman Road (PA)

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Ironically, this little run is off the back of a terrible spell for the Chairboys, as they went six without a win in all competitions, were knocked out of the FA Cup, and only recorded one victory in eight matches.

However, apart from that small blip, Wanderers’ season so far has been solid with only four league defeats to their name, but one of those losses happened to be against the Tractor Boys at the start of November.

A 4-1 win for the Suffolk side not only ended Wycombe’s eight-match winning league run at Adams Park, but it also recorded the first victory in this fixture following two consecutive draws (0-0 in November 2019 and 1-1 in January 2020).

The unpredictability of League One football is something that Wanderers are used to, and despite being unbeaten in five, they cannot underestimate an Ipswich side who will have a new manager in the Portman Road dugout for the clash this evening.

Former Manchester United assistant Kieran McKenna, who was appointed as Town’s new boss on December 16, but officially began the role on December 20, replaced the outgoing Paul Cook following a poor run of form.

In fact, going into tonight's match, Ipswich are winless in their last six matches in all competitions and were knocked out of the FA Cup by League Two Barrow.

Ipswich are winless in six games (PA)

Ipswich are winless in six games (PA)

Their last win came a month ago when they defeated Crewe Alexandra 2-1 at the end of November.

But with a new manager and with the backing of an expected 26,000 fans at Portman Road, can Wanderers ruin the Portman Road party?

Crowds are expected to rocket for Town over the festive period due to the #PackOutPR scheme, which aims to see attendances reach near its 30,311 capacity through cheap ticket prices.

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Ipswich’s fixtures against Sunderland on December 18, Wycombe on December 29 and Lincoln City on January 1 are all part of the scheme, with adults being able to purchase tickets for all three matches for £40 as part of a bundle.

Concession bundles include £3 for under 12s, £7.50 for under 19s, £12.50 for under 23s and £20 for seniors (65+).

It’s been reported that there will be around 600 Wanderers fans making the trip to Suffolk this evening.

Wycombes last visit to Portman Road was in November 2019 (PA)

Wycombe's last visit to Portman Road was in November 2019 (PA)

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Please note that any fans over the age of 18 that are making their way to Portman Road for the match this evening, are required to show proof of full vaccination via a Covid pass, or a negative lateral flow test.

The lateral flow test must have been administered no earlier than 48 hours before kick-off.

The game will kick off at 7.45pm.