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Preview: Notts County

21 March 2015

The Dons face Notts County this Saturday looking to add to the four points they’ve collected from their previous two league fixtures.

Karl Robinson’s side drew 1-1 with Walsall at the Banks’s Stadium last weekend before recording a convincing 3-1 victory over Oldham Athletic in Greater Manchester on Tuesday evening.

The two results saw them move 13 points clear in the Sky Bet League 1 play-off places and remain within touching distance of second-placed Preston North End with nine games left to play.

Tuesday also saw the men from MK1 hit three goals in a game for the first time since the triumph over Peterborough United and the league’s second-highest scorers will, no doubt, be hoping they can now continue netting frequently, just as they did during first half of the campaign.

The opposition
Notts County arrive at stadiummk having won just two of their last 10 league outings – form which has seen them drop down close to the relegation places.

The Magpies, who once occupied a position in the play-offs, have scored just six times in those last 10 matches while conceding 15 goals.

County’s away form, however, has remained reasonably solid with both those recent victories coming on their travels at Leyton Orient and Colchester United.

In total, the Nottinghamshire outfit have won seven road games in 2014/15 which is better than anybody else in the bottom half of League 1 and only one less than the Dons (8).

View from the dugouts
MK Dons manager Karl Robinson: “(Notts County’s) results, of late, haven’t been great but their squad is still littered with quality players. Shaun Derry’s got a very good side and he’s a very good manager as well.

“We know how hard Saturday’s afternoon going to be – they’ll see this as an opportunity to put a performance on.”

Notts County assistant manager Greg Abbott: “We’ve got our own issues and we need results for different reasons to (MK Dons). They’ve had a good result on Tuesday night, but they’ve proved that they’re beatable.

“We’ve got to perform and defend better than what we have and take our chances at the right times in games. We haven’t defended as we did at the start of the season and we haven’t put the ball in the net as often as we need to do to win games.”

Team news
Darren Potter remains unavailable as he serves the second game of his suspension after reaching 10 bookings at Walsall last weekend.

Dean Bowditch (groin) was withdrawn early in the second half at Oldham and will be monitored ahead of kick-off, while Dele Alli (ankle) isn’t expected back from parent club Tottenham Hotspur until early next week.

Ian McLoughlin underwent successful surgery to remove his appendix this week and will be unavailable.

County will be without their suspended midfielder Liam Noble while Jamal Campbell-Ryce (calf) and Mustapha Dumbuya (thigh) are also expected to miss Saturday’s game.

Striker Ronan Murray (groin) is out for the remainder of the season.

Head to head
In what will be the 14th meeting between the two sides, Dons will be in search of their fifth straight victory over Notts County.

The men from MK1 are unbeaten in their last eight games against the Magpies and have only ever lost once – a 2-0 defeat at Meadow Lane back in December 2010.

Betting
Sky Bet
Result:
MK Dons to win – 4/9
Draw – 7/2
Notts County to win – 11/2

First goalscorer:
MK Dons – Will Grigg, Devante Cole 4/1
Notts County – Balint Bajner, Leroy Lita 9/1
No scorer – 12/1

Scorecast:
Samir Carruthers to score first and MK Dons to win 3-0 – 60/1

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All odds correct at time of writing

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