MK Dons vs AFC W’don
Sky Bet League One
12:00pm Saturday 7th September
MK Dons confront AFC Wimbledon in Sky Bet League One on Saturday. Coverage gets Published live on Sky Sports Football from 11.30am, whilst kick-off is at midday.
MK Dons boss Paul Tisdale could hand a first league start against rivals AFC Wimbledon to winger Brennan Dickenson. Dickenson, a summer signing from Colchester, was one of eight changes for its 3-0 midweek Leasing.com Trophy win over Stevenage and will be expected to be involved again.
Striker Sam Nombe is also in contention after the night. Summer registering Joe Mason (hamstring), shield Jordan Moore-Taylor (knee) and midfielder Ben Reeves, who picked up a leg injury following inadvertently kicking himself during training, all keep their restoration.
AFC Wimbledon can hand debuts to each of three of the new signings. Finnish striker Marcus Forss signed on a season-long loan from Brentford, while defender Ryan Delaney united on loan from Rochdale until January.
England Under-19s midfielder Max Sanders completed a loan change out of Premier League Brighton to go back following his previous spell in the academy as a child to the club. Midfielder Anthony Wordsworth has declared training after a shoulder issue and also an Achilles tendon injury, although Dylan Connolly has combined Bradford on loan.
MK Dons currently sit 15th at the League One standings following a start that lost three occasions and has seen them win. Their latest cup victories – a 3-0 victory over Stevenage in the Leasing.com Trophy plus also a 4-1 away beating of Southend from the Carabao Cup – conceal the fact they have lost their two previous league fittings, against Accrington and Peterborough, scoring only 1 goal in the process.
AFC Wimbledon avoided relegation by the skin of their teeth term and the month of this season has indicated they may face a similar fate this year. 21st sits without a win to their name, ahead of kick-off and having scored just five goals.
Paul Tisdale:”It’s not another game. We must prepare in precisely the way and it’s 11 vs 11, a soccer field, since the people on the periphery and each of the things which go on across the game of football make it distinct, but it’s another game. Our job is to make it as regular as you can.
“Let’s be fair about itwe understand the dynamic of this game. There’s the little matter of trying to beat against the resistance and there is only three factors at stake. That’s the reality of it. We are aware that it’s another game, but we will try as hard as we do in any game.”
Wally Downes:”The feelings would be like a derby: Liverpool vs Everton, Man Utd vs Man City. The opinions do run , the form book goes out the window and it is about the effect on the afternoon along with the bragging rights afterwards.
“They were not even a team when I was playing I’ve got the burden of the feeling of the lovers in my shoulders and the team have, but that is a terrific point to carry because they built the club. It’s just like playing a derby and more points.”
For only the ninth time in history enemies AFC Wimbledon and MK Dons meet at Stadium MK this Saturday and, as ever, there is plenty of emotion surrounding the fixture. There’s absolutely no love lost in a competition in its formative years.
To get AFC, the bragging rights have dropped within that a League One win in March 2017, in addition to their favour: Triumphing in October 2014. MK boast a much better record so far this season, but will the loan signings of both Marcus Forss, Ryan Delaney and Max Sanders earlier this week improve their competitions’ fortunes this weekend?
The past two meetings involving MK Dons and AFC Wimbledon in all competitions have completed level – that a 0-0 draw Stadium MK at January 2018 plus a 2-2 draw a month at a League Cup match at the Cherry Reds Records Stadium – a game which saw MK Dons progress on penalties.
AFC Wimbledon have managed only one victory in five previous visits to MK Dons in most competitions (P5 W1 D1 L3), a 3-2 success back in October 2014 at a Football League Trophy encounter.
MK Dons have dropped three of their last four league games (W1), as numerous as they had done in their past 10.
Wimbledon have only won one of the last 12 League One outings (D7 L4), with a current winless run of seven matches (D3 L4).
Wimbledon have surrendered five goals than every other hand in the branch; two more from corners League One this year.
Now this ought to be a tasty affair! MK Dons come back in League One and creating a good fist of it having been relegated a couple of seasons ago in fashion that is rather dismal.
AFC Wimbledon, as I’ve said before, enjoyed a survival last season and are set for another period of struggle. These two have met from the Carabao Cup last month, where MK cut it. I believe they can win this one.
David Prutton predicts: 2-1 (15/2 with Sky Bet)
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