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Preview: Doncaster Rovers

21 April 2015

The Dons take on Doncaster Rovers this evening as they go in search of a seventh win in eight games.

Karl Robinson’s side claimed a sixth success out of seven with a 6-1 triumph over Leyton Orient at stadiummk on Saturday, a result which moved them to within one point of the automatic promotion places in Sky Bet League 1.

While their fate is out of their hands, they can continue to put the pressure on second-placed Preston North End with another victory. The Lilywhites are also in action tonight against Notts County at Meadow Lane.

All is set, then, for an exciting end to the 2014/15 campaign for the men from MK1, who have picked up form at just the right time - in their last five games, the Dons have scored 14 goals and conceded just once.

The opposition
Doncaster ended March and began April with four defeats in five games but they arrive at stadiummk this evening on a three-game unbeaten run.

Although Paul Dickov’s men have little to play for – Donny are out of the play-off hunt but also safe from relegation – they will want to end their first season back in League 1 on a high and, with one of the better away records in the division, the Dons must remain wary.

Nobody has more road wins outside the top four than Rovers (nine), who have also scored 33 goals on their travels which is more than all-but five of the teams in League 1.

View from the dugouts
Dons manager Karl Robinson: “Paul Dickov is a winner, a good manager and somebody that will motivate his players in the right way - we know how difficult this game is going to be.

“We picked a team (on Monday) which we feel is capable of producing the right style of football for this game. Paul will be in the same position, though.”

Doncaster defender Rob Jones: “MK Dons have had a great season this year and there’s no surprise that they are where they are. They’ve scored nine goals in two games so it will be a tough test but we go there looking for a result.

“All the pressure is on them, the little pressure that’s on us is what we put on ourselves. We go there, we enjoy it, we embrace it and we see where we are at the end of the game but we’re going there to win.”

Team news
The Dons have Samir Carruthers available for selection once again after he completed his two-match ban, for collecting 10 yellow cards, on Saturday.

Joe Walsh (knee) and Ben Reeves (calf) remain out due to injury, although the latter has began some straight-line running in training.

Doncaster, meanwhile, could hand another start to youngster Mitchell Lund at right-back, after he impressed on his debut against Fleetwood Town.

Luke McCullough, Paul Keegan and Nathan Tyson (all knee) are expected to be left out of the squad, with Rovers’ third tier stats guaranteed for next season.

Head to head
The Dons are unbeaten in their last three games against Donny, a stretch which includes a 3-0 victory at stadiummk back in March 2013.

Tonight will be the eighth meeting between the two clubs.

Betting with Sky Bet
MK Dons to win – 4/9
Draw – 100/30
Doncaster Rovers to win – 6/1

First goalscorer:
Will Grigg – 100/30
Dele Alli – 9/2
Rob Hall – 6/1
Curtis Main – 9/1
Jonson Clarke-Harris – 10/1
James Coppinger – 12/1

Rob Hall to score first and MK Dons to win 3-0 – 40/1

All odds correct at time of writing

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