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Preview: Derby County

26 September 2015

The Dons will look to end September on a positive note when they play host to Derby County in front of the Sky Sports cameras this lunchtime.

Karl Robinson’s side have faced the likes of Middlesbrough, Burnley and Leeds United in the Sky Bet Championship this month and, although the results haven’t been there, the performances most certainly have.

Today's opponents Derby offer another big test for the men from MK1 but they’ll, no doubt, be confident of putting on another impressive display – one that will, on this occasion, be rewarded with points.

THE OPPOSITION
Derby arrive at stadiummk this lunchtime having lost just one of their last seven competitive fixtures.

Paul Clement’s side drew their first four Championship games before slipping to a 2-1 defeat at home to Leeds United but, since then, the Derbyshire club have won two and drawn one, including an impressive away triumph away at in-form Reading 10 days ago.

While the goals haven’t flowed as freely as Derby would have liked at the start of this campaign, they have proven difficult to break down having conceded the second fewest amount in the division – six.

VIEW FROM THE DUGOUTS
Karl Robinson: “We know we’re going to be going up against some of the most gifted players in this league. Paul (Clement) isn’t somebody I know personally, but people speak very highly of him - he’s one of the best coaches in the country.

“We are fully aware of the quality they possess but we believe in ourselves. I’m expecting a free-flowing game and we’re really excited by it.”

Paul Clement: “MK Dons have come off the back of a few defeats and had a heavy defeat to Southampton in midweek. Every game is an opportunity to turn around a negative result and we are expecting a difficult game.

“They always try to play football and even though they’ve had a few difficult results, they always create chances. I think it’ll be an open game where two good football teams will be going at it to get all three points.”

TEAM NEWS
The Dons will, once again, be without a number of players for the game.

Darren Potter (knee), Cody Cropper (knee), Matt Upson (calf), Dale Jennings (knee), Joe Walsh (knee) and Mark Randall (pelvis) remain sidelined through injury while there are also doubts over the fitness of Carl Baker, Dean Bowditch and Ben Reeves. Samir Carruthers is still suspended.

On a more positive note, Jake Forster-Caskey could make his debut after missing the Capital One Cup tie in midweek due to ineligibility. Sam Gallagher was also forced to sit out on Wednesday but can play today.

Derby, meanwhile, have been boosted by the news that Tom Ince and Chris Baird are both fit to return to action.

Craig Bryson (knee) is still absent for the Rams.

ODDS COURTESY OF SKY BET
Result:
Dons win – 11/4
Draw – 13/5
Derby win – 19/20

First goalscorer:
Chris Martin – 9/2
Tom Ince – 6/1
Johnny Russell – 6/1
Simon Church – 7/1
Rob Hall – 9/1
Daniel Powell – 9/1

Scorecast:
Josh Murphy to score first and Dons to win 2-1 – 75/1

All odds correct at the time of writing

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Tickets for today's clash with Derby County are priced from £25 for adults, £17 for over-65s and under-21s, £7 for under-18s while under-12s can 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.
Tickets will remain on sale right up until kick-off at 12.30pm!

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