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Preview: Sheff Wed

15 December 2015

The Dons take on Sheffield Wednesday this evening looking to build on a positive performance against Ipswich Town last time out.

Karl Robinson’s men dominated the Tractor Boys at stadiummk this past Saturday but Brett Pitman’s 10th minute header saw them slip to a first home defeat in three games.

Still, the Dons have reasons to be confident heading into tonight’s clash, not only because of their strong displays all season at MK1 but also because they have won all four of their Tuesday night games in Milton Keynes this season.

They’ll be hoping to make it five out of five this evening, in their final home fixture before Christmas.

THE OPPOSITION
Sheff Wed arrive at stadiummk just one point and two places below the play-offs in the Sky Bet Championship table.

The Owls have taken points off the likes of Queens Park Rangers, Hull City, Brighton & Hove Albion and Derby County this season and they also beat Arsenal in the Capital One Cup.

They have, though, struggled to secure victories of late, winning just one of their last seven games, while away from Hillsborough they have triumphed only twice.

However, Carlos Carvalhal’s side have lost just four times in the league this campaign- they avoided a fifth on Saturday by fighting back from two goals down to draw with Cardiff City.

VIEW FROM THE DUGOUTS
Karl Robinson: “(Sheff Wed) brought in a lot of talented players in the summer and that, coupled with an experienced manager in Carlos, sees them as one of the real forces in the division.”

Carlos Carvalhal: “We are confident but we know it will be a tough game. We expect a lot from MK Dons. We know that it will be difficult because there are no easy games in the Championship.”

TEAM NEWS
The Dons have no fresh injury concerns ahead of tonight’s game.

Ben Reeves came off the bench in Saturday’s clash with Ipswich Town to feature for the first time in six weeks and after making it through unscathed, he could be in line to play a larger role.

Dale Jennings (knee) and Matt Upson (calf) remain the only two absentees, with the likes of Joe Walsh, Simon Church and Mark Randall all awaiting a recall to the squad after recovering from their respective injuries.

Sheff Wed received a boost of their own on Saturday as centre-back Michael Turner made a successful return from a two-month lay-off with a knee injury.

Fellow defender Jack Hunt could also be available for the Owls this evening but defender Tom Lees and midfielders Felipe Melo and Marco Matias are still sidelined.

MATCH FACT
Nicky Maynard has netted four goals in his last four league appearances against Sheff Wed.

REFEREE
Darren Deadman will take charge of 17th game in 2015/16 tonight. So far this season, he has shown 50 yellow cards but only one red while he has yet to award a penalty.

The Cambridgeshire official last refereed the Dons back in November 2012, when he booked two players and sent off one in a 5-1 triumph over Colchester United.

HEAD TO HEAD
Dons wins: 1
Dons wins at stadiummk: 1
Last Dons win: 2-0, 15th Jan 2013 (stadiummk)

Sheff Wed wins: 2
Sheff Wed wins at stadiummk: 1
Last Sheff Wed win: 3-1, 10th Sep 2011 (Hillsborough)

Draws: 5
Draws at stadiummk: 2
Last draw: 0-0, 5th Jan 2013 (Hillsborough)

SKY BET ODDS
Result
Dons win: 23/10
Draw: 21/10
Sheff Wed win: 13/10

First goalscorer
Lucas Joao: 11/2
Gary Hooper: 6/1
Nicky Maynard: 13/2
Fernando Forestiri: 13/2
Carl Baker: 17/2
Josh Murphy: 9/1

*All odds correct at the time of writing

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MATCH COVERAGE
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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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