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Preview: Burnley

15 September 2015

The Dons will be looking to bounce back from last weekend’s result when they take on Burnley this evening.

Karl Robinson’s side were beaten 2-0 by promotion-contenders Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium, that despite keeping the Teesside club at bay for 70 minutes and going agonisingly close to opening the scoring with a Simon Church effort that hit the post.

Despite the loss, the men from MK1 remain confident – they were unbeaten in their first two road fixtures, defeating Rotherham United 4-1 on opening day before holding an impressive Reading side to a 0-0 draw at the Madejski Stadium.

Burnley made a stuttering start to life back in the Sky Bet Championship but go into tonight’s game having won their last three - the Clarets have seen off Brentford, Bristol City and Sheffield Wednesday while scoring six goals and conceding just two.

Defender Michael Keane has played an important role in their recent form and he was recently nominated for the August Player of the Month award. Striker Andre Gray has also got up and running since his big money move from Brentford.

Karl Robinson: “Burnley are a very good side and Sean’s had a lot of success there in recent years. They’ll see this as an opportunity to go and get another win and make it four on the spin but we’re excited by the challenge.

“We were two leagues apart last season and now we’re together so it’s an exciting one for us to go to Turf Moor – hopefully we can put another good performance on.”

Sean Dyche: “MK Dons will want to lay down a marker. They’ve had a tough couple of games in their last two games but they started off the season nice and bright.

“They want to come and produce but we’ve still got that mentality, that clear-minded focus that we have to perform. It’s our job to not only stop them but to deliver our performance in order to win.”

The Dons are still without a number of players due to injury, including midfielder Darren Potter, goalkeeper Cody Cropper and winger Dale Jennings.

Ben Reeves, Joe Walsh and Mark Randall are also still receiving treatment while Robinson has revealed there is an injury concern over another member of his squad – although the Dons boss wouldn’t be drawn on a name.

Burnley, meanwhile, are set to name the same starting XI for the third game on the bounce as Dyche has no fresh injury worries.

Matt Lowton isn’t expected to be involved while Joey Barton is still short of match fitness.

Burnley win – 3/4
Draw – 13/5
MK Dons win – 18/5

First goalscorer:
Andre Gray – 9/2
Sam Vokes – 9/2
George Boyd – 6/1
Simon Church – 8/1
Dean Bowditch – 17/2
Rob Hall – 12/1

Samir Carruthers to score first and Dons to win 1-0 – 120/1

*All odds correct at the time of writing

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Tickets for tonight's clash with Burnley are now only available to buy upon arrival at Turf Moor, priced at £24 for adults, £15 for over-65s and under-22s and £7 for under-18s.

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