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Preview: Wolves

5 April 2016

The Dons play their final match under the lights at stadiummk this season and they’ll be hoping to mark the occasion tonight with a seventh midweek home win.

Karl Robinson’s men have lost just once on a Tuesday night at MK1 in 2015/16, while they have beaten the likes of Cardiff City, Charlton Athletic and Sheffield Wednesday and held promotion hopefuls Middlesbrough to a draw.

In fact, their form at home in general has been strong this campaign, having won seven times on their own patch – a total which is bettered by only one side in the bottom half of the table.

They go into this evening’s match looking to bounce back from last weekend’s frustrating defeat at Craven Cottage and knowing a victory, coupled with results elsewhere, could see them close the gap on 21st place.

THE OPPOSITION
Wolverhampton Wanderers arrive in Milton Keynes riding a four-match unbeaten run, although the last three of those games have ended in draws.

Although Kenny Jackett’s side are, realistically, out of contention to make a play-off place, they’ll be hoping to end their season on a high – one of which has been marred by injuries and player departures.

In order to triumph tonight, Wolves will need to end their seven-game winless run away from home – the last time the Midlands outfit tasted success on the road was back on New Year’s Day.

They have, though, avoided defeat in 11 out of 19 away fixtures and their 26 goals conceded outside Molineux is a decent total.

LAST TIME OUT
The Dons fell to a frustrating 2-1 defeat at Craven Cottage in their return to action following the international break.

Hosts Fulham took the lead through Ross McCormack but the men from MK1 drew level 10 minutes later when Josh Murphy executed a delightful chip over goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli, after he latched onto Alex Revell’s flick-on.

Revell then had a goal wrongly ruled out for offside before the Cottagers won the game in the 75th minute when Moussa Dembele converted from McCormack’s cut-back.





Matt Doherty had Wolves' best chance – a strong effort which was saved home goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski – but they couldn’t find a decisive goal to claim victory.

Ipswich could have taken the lead on 18 minutes but Liam Feeney hit the post with a fierce drive, while Town's Brett Pitman also had an effort cleared off the line in the first half.

Wolves drew for the third consecutive game, playing out a goalless stalemate with play-off contenders Ipswich Town at Molineux.




Karl Robinson: “Kenny is a winner and Wolves won't be coming here to sit on the beach, that's for sure. He's in the process of turning the club around and his players are playing for their place next year.”
VIEW FROM THE DUGOUTS




Kenny Jackett: “They’re now fighting for their lives, their first year in the Championship and they won’t want to give that status up easily – they’ll be fighting for everything.”




Last Dons win: 2-0, 14 Dec 2013 (Molineux)
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Dons wins: 1
HEAD TO HEAD

His assistant referees are David Rock and Craig Hicks and the fourth official will be Charles Breakspear.

The West Yorkshire official has shown 67 yellow cards in 21 games, while he has sent off five players – he has shown red cards in each of his last two matches.

Mark Heywood will be the man in the middle this evening, taking charge of the Dons for the first time since their 3-0 victory over Fleetwood Town back in April last year.
REFEREE

They will, though, not have Nouha Dicko, Razak Boukari, Jordan Graham, Ethan Ebanks-Landell and Mike Williamson available.

Wolves’ squad may include midfielder Dave Edwards, who has returned to training following a broken foot.

On a positive note, Joe Walsh made it through his first game since returning from a hamstring injury unscathed.

The Dons will definitely be without David Martin (hand), Rob Hall (knee) and Ben Reeves (calf), as well as Kyle McFadzean who is still suspended.

Jake Forster-Caskey will also be monitored after coming off early in the match at Fulham, while Josh Murphy is a doubt.

The Dons will run the rule over the fitness of Samir Carruthers ahead of kick-off, after the midfielder was forced to remain on the bench last weekend due to a knock picked up in training.
TEAM NEWS




Last draw: 0-0, 28 Nov 2015 (Molineux)
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Draws: 1

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Wolves wins: 1




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MATCH COVERAGE

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Middlesbrough v Huddersfield Town; 7.45pm
Leeds United v Queens Park Rangers; 7.45pm
Ipswich Town v Charlton Athletic; 7.45pm
Derby County v Hull City; 7.45pm
Burnley v Cardiff City; 7.45pm
Bristol City v Rotherham United; 7.45pm
Brentford v Bolton Wanderers; 7.45pm
Birmingham City v Brighton & Hove Albion; 7.45pm
Tuesday
ELSEWHERE IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP

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*All odds correct at the time of writing

Carl Baker: 4/1
Josh Murphy: 7/2
Dean Bowditch: 7/2
Nicky Maynard: 3/1
Alex Revell: 11/4
First Dons goalscorer

Wolves: 19/10
Draw: 11/5
Dons win: 6/4
Result
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