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Preview: Huddersfield Town

20 October 2015

The Dons will be out to build on Saturday’s superb stadiummk success when they travel to Huddersfield Town this evening – kick-off 7.45pm.

Karl Robinson’s side were finally rewarded for a positive home performance in their weekend clash with Blackburn Rovers after a brace from Ben Reeves and a Simon Church header earned them a 3-0 victory.

The result moved the men from MK1 up to 16th in the Sky Bet Championship table, level on points with tonight’s opponents Huddersfield. They also bettered their goal difference to -2, which is second best out of all the sides in the bottom half of the division.

The Terriers go into tonight’s game winless in their last three outings although they did impressively hold Ipswich Town to a 0-0 draw on the weekend.

Huddersfield have won just twice this season against Charlton Athletic and Bolton Wanderers but they have been difficult to beat at home, having lost just once in the league, drawing three and winning once – a 4-1 victory over Bolton Wanderers.

In their five Championship matches at the John Smith’s Stadium, Chris Powell’s men have conceded just five goals which can only be bettered by six teams in the division, including the top three.

Karl Robinson: “They’ve got some very good strikers and some talented players in midfield. We’ve watched them three or four times. We know they’ve got players who can punish you on any given day – that’s the level we’re at now.”

Chris Powell: “(MK Dons) will be a very different test to the Ipswich game, but one we’ll be ready for. Like most teams that come up from League 1, they’ll be on a high.  They’ve done alright so far and they’ve got a manager who has done well.”

The Dons have no fresh injury worries but they won’t have any of their sidelined players back available.

Darren Potter, Dean Bowditch, Cody Cropper, Matt Upson, Dale Jennings and Joe Walsh are all still unavailable for selection while Mark Randall continues to make progress from a long-term pelvic issue.

Huddersfield, meanwhile, will be without striker James Vaughan through suspension.

Midfielder Jonathan Hogg is also out with an injury but goalkeeper Joe Murphy is back in training after a calf problem.

- The Dons were victorious on their last visit to Huddersfield – beating the Terriers 2-1 in the 2012 League 1 play-off semi final second leg.

- Huddersfield have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 11 home league games.

- The men from MK1 have never kept a clean sheet against the Terriers have conceded in all of their previous 14 league clashes.

Peter Bankes will be the man in the middle tonight, taking charge of the Dons for the very first time.

In 13 games this season, Bankes has shown a whopping 54 yellow cards (4.1 per game) although he has yet to brandish a red. He has awarded three penalties too.

The two assistant referees are Matthew Dicicco and Barry Gordon while Carl Boyeson is the fourth official.

Huddersfield win – 11/10
Draw – 5/2
Dons win – 23/10

First goalscorer:
Nahki Wells – 5/1
Ishmael Miller – 6/1
Harry Bunn – 6/1
Simon Church – 13/2
Nicky Maynard – 13/2
Josh Murphy – 9/1

*All odds correct at the time of writing

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Tickets for tonight's clash with Huddersfield Town can be bought at the John Smith's Stadium, priced at only £10 adults and £5 under-18s.

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