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Preview: Ipswich Town

12 December 2015

The Dons take on Ipswich Town this lunchtime, looking to build on two positive home performances and results.

Although Karl Robinson’s side suffered a disappointing result away at Brentford last weekend, they have taken four points from their most recent two games at stadiummk – a 1-0 win over Charlton Athletic was followed up by a well-earned 1-1 draw with Fulham.

That victory over the Addicks was one of three the men from MK1 have picked up in Milton Keynes this season, which is bettered by only five teams outside the top six in the Sky Bet Championship.

THE OPPOSITION
Ipswich arrive at MK1 on the back of their first defeat in seven games – a 2-0 reverse at home to second placed Middlesbrough.

Before that the Tractor Boys had won three in four, form which saw manager Mick McCarthy and striker Daryl Murphy bag the Championship’s monthly awards for November.

Their away results has been impressive so far this season, having won four and drawn two of their nine road matches. They have, however, conceded 16 goals on their travels which is more than all-but four teams in the division.

FIGHTING TALK
Karl Robinson: “Mick McCarthy is a manager I respect immensely and I’m expecting his side to be very honest and well-organised. They have a talented group of players – I’ve watched a lot of their recent games and they’ve played well.”

Ipswich midfielder Jonas Knudsen: “They are a good team and they like to play around with the ball a little bit. It will be a tough game but if we play our style and do as we have done in our previous matches then we’ll have a good chance to take the points.”

TEAM NEWS
The Dons have no fresh injury concerns ahead of today's game.

Ben Reeves, Simon Church and Joe Walsh have all returned to full training – Walsh played 80 minutes in Tuesday’s Berks and Bucks County Cup win over Maidenhead United, which was his first match action for over three months.

However, Dale Jennings (knee) and Matt Upson (calf) remain sidelined.

Ipswich will be without Tommy Oar, Kevin Bru and Larsen Toure, who haven’t made the trip to Milton Keynes.

Teddy Bishop is nearing a return to action but isn’t expected to feature in Saturday’s game, but Ryan Fraser is available once again.

REFEREE
Andrew Madley will take charge of today'’s fixture, having already refereed the Dons at stadiummk once before this season – the clash with Preston North End back in August.

The West Yorkshire official sent off Lilywhites striker Jordan Hugill in that match, one of three red cards he’s shown in his 22 games in 2015/16. He has also brandished 72 yellow cards and awarded five penalties.

His two assistant referees this lunchtime are Darren Blunden and Matthew Jones while the fourth official will be Gavin Ward.

HEAD TO HEAD
Dons wins: 1
Dons wins at stadiummk: 1
Last Dons win: 3-3 (5-3 pens), Tue 14th Aug 2007 (stadiummk)

Ipswich wins: 0
Ipswich wins at stadiummk: 0
Last Ipswich win: N/A

Draws: 0
Draws at stadiummk: 0
Last draw: N/A

SKY BET ODDS
Result
Dons win: 23/10
Draw: 23/10
Ipswich win: 6/5

First goalscorer
Daryl Murphy: 11/2
Freddie Sears: 11/2
David McGoldrick: 6/2
Nicky Maynard: 13/2
Dean Bowditch: 15/2
Josh Murphy: 9/1

Price boosts:
Dean Bowditch to score first and Dons to win: 8/1
MK Dons to win 2-1: 14/1
Carl Baker to score first and Dons to win 2-0: 100/1

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*All odds correct at the time of writing

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MATCH COVERAGE
Tune in to MK Dons PlayerHD from 12.20pm for live commentary of today's clash - click here to sign up for as little as £4.49 a month!

Fans can also stay in touch with the Dons via mkdons.com’s matchday blog, which can be accessed by visiting the home page from 10am.

Those on Twitter can also follow every pass, tackle, shot and goal by following the Club’s official page - @MKDonsFC

A full match report will be available to view on mkdons.com straight after the final whistle.

Tickets for today's clash with Ipswich are priced from £25 adults and £6 under-18s, while under-12s go FREE with a Young Dons membership.

To purchase tickets click here, visit the Box Office at stadiummk/kiosk at thecentre:mk or call 0333 200 5343.


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