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Preview: Bolton

23 January 2016

The Dons travel to the Macron Stadium this afternoon for a Sky Bet Championship six-pointer with Bolton Wanderers.

Karl Robinson’s side sit nine points above the Trotters heading into today's match in Lancashire, a gap they could extend to 12 if they secure a third successive victory.

The men from MK1 beat Reading 1-0 at stadiummk last weekend before following that up with a convincing 3-0 success over Northampton Town in the Emirates FA Cup and now they’ll be looking to stretch that winning run to three games for first time this season.

THE OPPOSITION
Bolton ended a run of four games without a victory by beating Eastleigh 3-2 in the Emirates FA Cup in midweek.

The Trotters, who sit bottom of the Championship table having won just twice all season, have a whopping 11 draws to their name – no team in the division has more.

Eight of those draws have come at the Macron Stadium, the place where Bolton’s only two league victories have come. Neil Lennon’s men have only conceded 14 goals at home, which is fewer than all-but three sides in the bottom half of the Championship.

LAST TIME OUT
The Dons saw off Northampton Town in convincing fashion to secure back-to-back victories and book a mouth-watering Emirates FA Cup clash with Premier League Chelsea.

After a tight first-half, Ben Reeves opened the scoring from the penalty spot following a foul on Dean Bowditch.

Substitute Josh Murphy then doubled the lead with a cool finish before Simon Church capped off a fine evening’s work with another penalty, this time after Rob Hall was tripped by goalkeeper Adam Smith.





Kaid Mohamed equalised for non-league Eastleigh moments before half-time but Bolton’s Darren Pratley struck from 12 yards to seal the win.

The Trotters fell behind to a super Joe Partington strike but goals from Gary Madine and Dean Moxey inside five minutes had them ahead.

Bolton were also in Emirates FA Cup action, beating Eastleigh 3-2 in their third-round replay at the Macron Stadium.


“We’re excited about going there. It’s not the biggest individual game, but we understand the enormity of the challenge.”

Karl Robinson: “We go into the game off the back of two clean sheets scoring four goals. It’s increasingly important we win on Saturday, and we can put things in our own hands.
VIEW FROM THE DUGOUTS





“I certainly haven’t given up hope of getting out of this and I don’t think the players have either – so we need a win on Saturday and then we take it from there.”

Neil Lennon: “It's a must-win game. Games are running out and we need to start getting wins on the board, especially from our home games.




) mkstadium Last Dons win: 1-0, 18th Aug 2015 (
Dons wins at Macron Stadium: 0
Dons wins: 1
HEAD TO HEAD

Wright’s two assistant referees are Steven Rushton and Joe Hull while the fourth official is Darren Drysdale.

He booked three players that day which is included in his total of 62 yellow cards handed out this season. Wright has sent off three players and awarded one penalty.

Kevin Wright will take charge of the Dons for second time this season, having refereed the clash with Burnley back in September.
REFEREE

Max Clayton (hamstring) is not ready to return while Zach Clough (hip) and Emile Heskey (calf) are out.

Bolton could be without Gary Madine (groin), meaning Shola Ameobi could start in what is his final game for the Trotters.

Midfielder Jonny Williams, who joined the Dons on loan from Crystal Palace on Friday, could make his debut, subject to clearance.

Meanwhile, Kyle McFadzean serves the second game of his two-match suspension and Rob Hall is ineligible due to the terms of his loan deal from Bolton Wanderers.

Dean Bowditch (illness) was also withdrawn in midweek while Darren Potter is nursing a  knee injury. Carl Baker (ankle) is out long-term.

Nicky Maynard (hamstring) was injured in the warm-up on Tuesday while Matt Upson (hamstring) was forced off in the second half.

The Dons could be without up to six players for today's clash.
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MATCH COVERAGE

Click here for odds on all Sky Bet Championship markets - don't forget the Dons benefit every time you win with Sky Bet!

*All odds correct at the time of writing

Jake Forster-Caskey: 14/1
Darren Pratley: 12/1
Ben Reeves: 8/1
Wellington Silva: 7/1
Shola Ameobi: 6/1
Simon Church: 6/1
First goalscorer

Dons win: 2/1
Draw: 9/4
Bolton win: 7/5
Result
SKY BET ODDS

Last draw: N/A
Draws at Macron Stadium: 0
Draws: 0

Last Bolton win: N/A
Bolton wins at Macron Stadium: 0
Bolton wins: 0





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Tickets for today's clash can only be bought from Gate E at the Macron Stadium from 1pm - prices £15 adults and £5 seniors and under-23s.

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