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Preview: Brentford

23 April 2016

The Dons face a must-win situation this afternoon when they take on Brentford at stadiummk.

Karl Robinson’s side need to pick up maximum points from their clash with the Bees to stand any chance of keeping their Sky Bet Championship survival dream alive. A defeat or a draw will see relegation to League 1 confirmed.

Should the men from MK1 collect that vital victory then they’ll need to hope one of the five teams above them is beaten in order to retain a mathematical chance of climbing out of the bottom three.

Because of their inferior goal difference (-25), the only sides the Dons could realistically catch are Bristol City (-20) and Rotherham United (-13) – the Robins visit Blackburn Rovers while the Millers take on Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux Stadium.

Brentford will arrive at stadiummk in terrific form and with aspirations to secure a top-10 finish.

Dean Smith’s outfit have won four of their last five matches, scoring 12 goals and conceding just four – the one game in which they didn’t win was a 1-1 draw with Bristol City.

Away from home nobody has scored more goals than the Bees, who have found the net on 30 occasions thanks in part to the form of duo Alan Judge and Lasse Vibe, although the former is out for the rest of the season with a serious leg injury.

They have, however, conceded 33 times in their 20 road fixtures, which is the seventh-worst record in the division and a weakness the Dons will be looking to exploit this afternoon.

The Dons held play-off contenders Sheffield Wednesday to a goalless draw at Hillsborough, to give themselves a fighting chance of securing Sky Bet Championship safety.

Young goalkeeper Charlie Burns made his first Football League start in the absence of the injured David Martin and suspended Cody Cropper, and made another of important saves en route to keeping a clean sheet.

At the other end, Jordan Spence went close with a couple of efforts but the Dons weren’t able to find a way through an equally stubborn Owls backline, even after they were reduced to 10 men – Ross Wallace the man sent off for an off-the-ball incident with Jonny Williams.

Three minutes later, Hogan doubled his and Brentford’s tally after latching onto Lasse Vibe’s pass and the Bees were able to hang on in stoppage time even after Kenneth Zohore scored a late consolation.

All three goals at the Cardiff City Stadium were scored in the closing stages, with the first one coming courtesy of Scott Hogan on 83 minutes.

Brentford moved to within six points of the top-10 courtesy of a 2-1 victory at Cardiff City.

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Dons wins: 4

The Dons have scored in nine out of their last 10 league matches with Brentford – the only time they drew a blank was in the reverse fixture at Griffin Park earlier this season.

His two assistant referees will be Nick Hopton and Andrew Newbold, while the fourth official is Richard Bartlett.

In 35 games this season, Woolmer has shown 108 yellow cards but only sent off two players – he hasn’t produced a red card since January.

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Ben Reeves has returned to light training but isn’t expected to be involved, while David Martin and Rob Hall are out for the season.

Cody Cropper is also back in contention after serving his one-match suspension but Robinson may wish to stick with Charlie Burns after his impressive full debut at Hillsborough.

George Baldock and Jake Forster-Caskey could return after boss Robinson confirmed the pair are close to recovering from their respective knocks but Samir Carruthers is a doubt after being forced off at half-time during Tuesday’s draw with Sheff Wed.

“I have come across Karl Robinson for a number of years. I know how his teams play and I know that he will have them fighting to the end for sure.”

Dean Smith: “We all know their position in the league but we need to win football games for our own reasons. We will go out to try to win the game.”

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Karl Robinson: “Dean Smith is a manager I have the upmost respective for but we have to win on Saturday, whatever it takes.

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Brentford wins: 9

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Draws: 6

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*All odds correct at the time of writing

Carl Baker: 4/1
Josh Murphy: 7/2
Dean Bowditch: 100/30
Nicky Maynard: 3/1
Alex Revell: 11/4
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Brentford win: 6/4
Draw: 5/2
Dons win: 17/10
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Tickets for today's clash with Brentford at stadiummk are priced from £25 adults, £17 over-65s/under-21s and £7 under-18s, while under-12s can go FREE with a Young Dons Membership.Tickets can also be bought from the cash-only booths around stadiummk from 1.30pm.

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