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Preview: Hull City

31 October 2015

The Dons return to stadiummk today looking to build on the 3-0 triumph they enjoyed in their last home fixture.

Karl Robinson’s side proved too hot to handle for Blackburn Rovers a fortnight ago, as a brace from Ben Reeves and a Simon Church header earned them a fourth home victory of the season, in all competitions.

In fact, the men from MK1 have performed well in all their stadiummk fixtures this campaign – with the exception of the Capital One Cup tie against Premier League Southampton.

They’ll be eager to maintain those displays and hope, like it did against Blackburn, the results continue to reflect them.

Hull sit second in the Sky Bet Championship table heading into this afternoon's game, unbeaten in their last nine games and having lost just twice all season.

Steve Bruce’s men boast the best defensive record in the division having conceded only eight times in their 13 games thus far, while their 19 goals scored is ranked fifth behind QPR, Fulham, Middlesbrough and Reading.

If there was one criticism of the Tigers this season it is their inconsistent away form – they have won only twice on the road in 2015/16, drawing two and losing two as well. They have also only scored six goals on their travels, which is fewer than all-but three teams in the Championship.

Karl Robinson: “To make seven changes and take a Premier League team as far as they did in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday, just shows how good they are. They’ve got some wonderful players and they are team tipped to get promotion this season.

Steve Bruce: “MK Dons are a good side. They get the ball and try to play. They’re expansive and looking at them in more detail this week, I think there has only been one game this season where the opposition has had more possession than them."

Darren Potter is expected to be involved having returned to the matchday squad last weekend following his eight-week injury absence.

Dean Bowditch, Cody Cropper and Mark Randall are also available for selection having made it through a behind-closed-doors friendly in midweek unscathed.

However, the Dons will be without Ben Reeves and Rob Hall, who both picked up injuries at QPR.

Matt Upson, Dale Jennings and Joe Walsh remain sidelined too while Jake Forster-Caskey has returned to parent club Brighton & Hove Albion following the expiration of his loan.

Meanwhile, Hull boss Steve Bruce is preparing for a selection headache after his revamped side beat Premier League outfit Leicester City in midweek.

Bruce made eight changes to his team and could stick with the same line-up but he’ll also want to right by the XI that beat Birmingham last Saturday.

In terms of injuries, defender Curtis Davies is out with a torn calf muscle so Alex Bruce is expected to deputise alongside Michael Dawson.

Striker Sone Aluko is also unavailable, while Saturday's game will come too soon for attacking pair Robert Snodgrass and Adama Diomande.

Graham Scott will take charge of the Dons for the second time in seven months, having marshalled the side’s 2-0 victory over Scunthorpe United back in March.

Scott has refereed only two games so far this season. He has shown 10 yellow cards but has yet to brandish a red or award a penalty.

His two assistant referees will be Chris Powell and Elliot Kaye while the fourth official is Christopher Sarginson.

Dons win – 5/2
Draw – 9/4
Hull win – 11/10

First goalscorer:
Abel Hernandez – 9/2
Shaun Maloney – 6/1
Simon Church – 7/1
Dean Bowditch – 15/2
Carl Baker – 9/1
David Meyler – 10/1

*All odds correct at the time of writing

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