MK Dons will be looking to get back to winning ways this Saturday when they face Port Vale at Vale Park.
Despite playing well in both of their last two games, Robbie Neilson’s side have yet to taste victory in 2017– something they’ll be looking to change when they brave the cold in Staffordshire this weekend.
Saturday’s match is also an opportunity for the side to get their away form back on track after an inconsistent batch of results preceding their excellent start to life on the road – the men from MK1 have taken just five points from their last six away outings having collected 13 points from the six before that.
A triumph in Burslem could see the Dons climb four places to 14th should results go their way elsewhere – they are guaranteed to move up at least one position with a success, though, as opponents are just three points ahead with a worse goal difference.
Kick-off is at 3pm.
Port Vale will be looking to claim only their second victory in nine matches when they entertain the Dons on Saturday.
The Valiants, now under the temporary leadership of Michael Brown following Bruno Ribeiro’s departure, enjoyed a solid start to the 2016/17 season but results since October – three wins in 15 games – has seen them slip into the bottom half of the Sky Bet League One.
Their fall, however, is largely down to their away results, with their form at home one of the strongest in the division – unfortunately for the Dons!
The Staffordshire outfit have won seven of their 13 games at Vale Park, as well as drawing three. They’ve scored 21 times in those matches and conceded only 15 goals – one of the best records amongst teams outside of the top six.
Despite a spirited performance at Sky Bet Championship leaders Brighton & Hove Albion, the Dons were unable to progress in the Emirates FA Cup.
The Seagulls, on course for promotion to the Premier League, ran out 2-0 winners at their Amex Stadium courtesy of goals from Israel internationals Berem Kayal and Tomer Hemed.
Kayal opened the scoring nine minutes in when he fired in off the post from the edge of the box.
Chuks Aneke and Ben Reeves both had chances to draw the Dons level but it was Brighton who would find the crucial second goal, securing their place in the Fourth Round through Hemed’s 72nd-minute header.