MK Dons are back in Sky Bet League One action this Saturday as they travel north to face Wigan Athletic.
Russell Martin's men will be out to secure the first win in four after an indifferent run of recent results. They have picked up just one point from their last three matches, although were unlucky to not have earned more from their clashes with Oxford United and Gillingham.
The Dons do still boast the seventh best form in the division over the last 10 games, with 17 points to their name courtesty of five wins and two draws. As a result, Martin's side currently sit 15th in the Sky Bet League One table but could climb as high as 11th with a victory at the DW Stadium.
Kick-off is at 3pm.
Wigan Athletic currently sit bottom of the Sky Bet League One table but with safety just three points away, the relegation battle is won they can certainly win.
The Latics picked up an important three points towards the end of February as they overcame Bristol Rovers 2-1 thanks to goals from Callum Lang and Scott Wootton. Since then, though, they've suffered narrow defeats to both Peterborough United and Charlton Athletic, respectively.
Wigan added eight new faced in the January Transfer Window, with four joining on free transfers and a further four joining on loan deals until the end of the season. Tendayi Darikwa and Zach Clough both joined from Nottingham Forest, while Corey Whelan signed from Phoenix Rising. Joe Dodoo joined in mid-February from Ankara Keciorengucu.
George Johnson (Feyenoord) and Funso Ojo (Aberdeen) both joined on loan in late January, before Jamie Proctor (Rotherham United) and Scott Wootton (Plymouth Argyle) arrived on Deadline Day.
Academy Graduate Kyle Joseph is enjoying a breakout season at the DW Stadium, he's found the back of the net five times and added one assist. Will Keane and Callum Lang both boast five goals as well.
LAST TIME OUT
MK Dons were beaten 3-2 by Gillingham in a topsy-turvy affair at the MEMS Priestfield Stadium.
Russell Martin’s men went in front after only four minutes through Will Grigg but goals from Jordan Graham and Vadaine Oliver, the first of which came from the penalty spot, saw Gillingham take the lead.
The Dons levelled before half-time through Warren O’Hora but it was the home side who would secure all three points courtesy of Connor Ogilvie’s second-half goal.
Wigan Athletic, meanwhile, fell to a 1-0 defeat against Charlton Athletic at the DW Stadium.
Chuks Aneke netted the only goal of the game just 19-minutes into the tie to secure all three points for the London side.
Russell Martin: "I think the off-the-field stuff isn’t helping anyone there but the manager has done a great job under the circumstances. They play some great football but they’re fighting and scrapping too. I watched them play Lincoln and they were excellent.
"They have nothing to lose going into games, so have real confidence and courage about them. You can throw the league positions out of the window - it won’t be easy."
Leam Richardson: "MK Dons offer a different type of test to the last couple of teams that we have faced. We will have to be bang at it if we want to get a result."
MK Dons will be boosted by the return of Louis Thompson, who is available for selection after suffering a hamstring injury against Sunderland in early February. Daniel Harvie will have his fitness assessed after he was subbed off against Oxford United at half-time due to injury.
David Kasumu looks set to remain on the sidelines after suffering a setback in his recovery from the injury which has kept him absent since Christmas. Russell Martin confirmed in his pre-match press conference that Ben Gladwin will also miss the clash at the DW Stadium.
Strikers Kieran Agard and Jay Bird both remain sidelined.
Wigan Athletic will continue to monitor sidelined trio Jamie Proctor, Callum Lang and Will Keane after they all missed the Latics' midweek defeat to Charlton Athletic.
Midfielder Lee Evans is edging closer to a return to selection but Tom Pearce, Chris Merrie and Kyle Joseph are all long-term absentees for Wigan.
Anthony Backhouse will be the man in the middle this Saturday.
Mr. Backhouse has overseen 23 matches so far this term, producing a total of 74 yellow cards. He has sent off two players and awarded nine penalties.
His assistant referees are Richard Woodward and Ian Smedley, while the fourth official is Paul Graham.
HEAD TO HEAD
Dons wins: 1
Dons wins at DW Stadium: 0
Last Dons win: 2-0, 27 Oct 2020 (Stadium MK)
Biggest Dons win: 2-0, 27 Oct 2020 (Stadium MK)
Draws at DW Stadium: 1
Last draw: 3-3, 27 Mar 2014 (DW Stadium)
Wigan wins: 3
Wigan wins at DW Stadium: 5
Last Wigan win: 5-1, 7 Apr 2018 (DW Stadium)
Biggest Wigan win: 5-1, 7 Apr 2018 (DW Stadium)
Gillingham v Ipswich Town
Accrington Stanley v Swindon Town
Blackpool v AFC Wimbledon
Burton Albion v Peterborough United
Doncaster Rovers v Plymouth Argyle
Hull City v Bristol Rovers
Lincoln City v Crewe Alexandra
Northampton Town v Portsmouth
Oxford United v Charlton Athletic
Shrewsbury Town v Fleetwood Town
Sunderland v Rochdaleledon
Sunderland v Swindon Town
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