mkdons.com previews today's Sky Bet League One fixture against Peterborough United at Stadium MK.
Neilson’s side fell to their second defeat in a row on Boxing Day as Gary Sawyer's first-half goal sealed the three points for Plymouth Argyle. The Saturday prior to the clash MK Dons suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Rotherham United at the New York Stadium.
Chuks Aneke gave Robbie Neilson's side an early lead only before goals from Semi Ajayi and Will Vaulks sealed the win for the South Yorkshire outfit.
Heading into the final game of 2017, Neilson will be looking for nothing other than three points against Peterborough United.
Kick-off is at 3pm.
Having finished mid-table for the past three season, Peterborough were one of the most active Sky Bet League One clubs in this past summer's transfer window, paying undisclosed fees for QPR midfielder Michael Doughty and Luton Town striker Jack Marriot. Elsewhere, they once again recruited from the National League in the shape of Ricky Miller and Danny Lloyd from Dover and Stockport County respectively.
Their defensive line contains former Newcastle United defender Steven Taylor as well as Jonathan Bond who is currently amidst a loan spell from Reading at London Road. Having kicked off their season with four consecutive wins before a later run of two wins in 12, Grant McCann will be looking to guide his side to a play-off position come the end of the season.
Gary Saywer’s goal was the difference as MK Dons were beaten 1-0 by Plymouth Argyle at Stadium MK.
The defender sent a first-time shot past Lee Nicholls on 16 minutes - a goal which was enough for the travelling Pilgrims to take all three points and condemn the men from MK1 to their second successive loss.
Peterborough overcame fellow play-off hopefuls Bradford City 3-1 on Boxing Day - a result that lifted the Posh into sixth place.
Danny Lloyd opened the scoring for the Cambridgeshire-outfit before Jack Marriott's brace sealed the points for Peterborough. There was time for Paul Taylor to find the net against his former club, however, his goal was merely a consolation.
Robbie Neilson: “It will be a tough game. They have been going very well recently and they have scored a lot of goals – they have a really strong front three. Although we’ve been going through a tough period, we are still positive. It’s a derby for the Club as well, so it’s important we put on a show.
Grant McCann: “We set a target of winning these five league games before the cup tie at Aston Villa and we have won three out of three, so our focus now turns to the fourth on Saturday. We played very well at Bradford and showed two sides of our game and that will be important.”
MK Dons will be without Callum Brittain who is continuing his rehabilitation process while Aidan Nesbitt will be hoping to make the clash after missing the previous two encounters with an ankle injury.
Elsewhere, Scott Golbourne will be hoping to recover from an illness that has seen him miss the defeats against Rotherham United and Plymouth Argyle.
Peterborough will be hoping to welcome back Jack Baldwin from injury after the defender missed the last two games due to a hamstring injury.
Junior Morias is continuing his recovery process and has been an unused substitute in the last two Peterborough games, while the clash will come too soon for Gwion Edwards who is recovering following an ankle injury.
Charles Breakspear will take charge of Saturday’s clash.
The Lancashire-born official has run the rule over 29 games this season and has produced 113 yellow and 10red cards this season.
The last time he oversaw the Dons meanwhile, was during their 1-0 win over Plymouth Argyle in September. That day he issued seven yellow cards and also dismissed Graham Carey 33 minutes into the tie.
Breakspear's assistant referees this weekend are Marc Wilson and Michael Webb while the fourth official is Sam Purkiss.
Dons wins: 9
Dons wins at Stadium MK: 4
Last Dons win: 4-0, 28 Jan, 2017 (London Road)
Biggest Dons win: 4-0, 28 Jan, 2017 (London Road)
Draws at Stadium MK: 2
Last draw: 0-0, 20 Jan, 2009 (London Road)
Peterborough wins: 11
Peterborough wins at Stadium MK: 5
Last Peterborough win: 2-0, 12 Sep, 2017 (London Road)
Biggest Peterborough win: 4-0, 10 Mar, 2007 (London Road)
Chuks Aneke to score first and a 2-2 draw – 55/1
Sky Bet tip
Chuks Aneke and Jack Marriott both to score – 5/1
*all odds correct at the time of writing
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Tickets for Saturday's clash with Peterborough United are priced from £22 adults, £17 over-65s and under-21s, and £7 under-18s while under-12s go FREE* with a Young Dons (Plus) membership. Supporters can upgrade their seat to East Centre for £5 or to clubRed for £10.
What’s more, groups of 20 or more who book tickets in one transaction qualify for a discounted rate of £15 adults, £10 over-65s and £3 under-18s.
To book tickets click here, visit the Box Office at Stadium MK or call 0333 200 5343. Tickets will be available to buy right up until kick-off.