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Preview: Leeds United

2 January 2016

The Dons will be looking to begin 2016 with a positive result when they take on Leeds United at Elland Road this afternoon.

The men from MK1 have won every other game in their last four outings and a victory over the Whites in Yorkshire would fit with that form.

Those two triumphs, against Sheffield Wednesday and Cardiff City, both came at stadiummk and Karl Robinson's side will be eager to start replicating their positive results at home, on their travels in the New Year - starting on Saturday.

A key to picking up a victory this weekend is making a fast start as the Dons have won every game in which they have taken the lead in this season, with the exception of their home clash with Fulham which ended in a 1-1 draw.

Leeds are 12th in the Sky Bet Championship table, unbeaten in their last six matches.

During their recent good run, the Whites have beaten the likes of Hull City, Wolves and Preston North End while they also held promotion-contenders Derby County to a 2-2 this past Monday.

However, Leeds are one of the division’s lowest scorers at home having scored only 10 times at Elland Road this season. They have also lost five times on their own patch, which is more than all-but two teams in the league.

Karl Robinson: “They’ve changed their manager since we played them so it’s going to be a completely different game. They’ll be full of confidence on the back of some very good results against some very good teams.”

Steve Evans: “I think they’re an outstanding football side and in the majority of the games they play, they have the most possession of most teams in the Championship. Saturday is going to be tough but we go into the match in a real confident mood.”

The likes of Darren Potter, Antony Kay, Josh Murphy and Nicky Maynard were rested on Monday and could return to the line-up at Leeds.

Daniel Powell will miss today's game, however, after limping off against Birmingham City.

Dale Jennings (knee) and Matt Upson (calf) remain sidelined too.

Leeds will assess striker Chris Wood ahead of kick-off after he was forced off early in the 2-2 draw with Derby County.

He is rated as 50/50 with a hamstring injury by boss Steve Evans but teammate Gaetano Berardi won’t feature after suffering ankle ligament damage.

Dons wins: 1
Dons wins at Elland Road: 0
Last Dons win: 3-1, 20th Dec 2008 (stadiummk)

Leeds wins: 4
Leeds wins at Elland Road: 2
Last Leeds win: 2-1, 19th Sep 2015 (stadiummk)

Draws: 0
Draws at Elland Road: 0
Last draw: N/A

Jeremy Simpson will referee his second Dons match of the season, having taken charge of the men from MK1’s fixture with Middlesbrough back in September.

So far in 2015/16, the Lancashire official has shown 70 yellow cards but sent off only two players. He has also awarded three penalties.

Today’s assistant referees are Nicholas Hopton and Joe Simpson while the fourth official is David Webb.

Leeds win: 19/20
Draw: 23/10
Dons win: 3/1

First goalscorer
Mirko Antenucci: 5/1
Chris Wood: 5/1
Sam Byram: 8/1
Dean Bowditch: 17/2
Sam Gallagher: 9/1
Carl Baker: 10/1

*All odds correct at the time of writing

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