The Dons make the journey north today to take on Hull City at the KC Stadium.
Karl Robinson’s side go into the game on the back of a win and a draw against Queens Park Rangers and Charlton Athletic respectively.
The Dons have lost just twice in eight games and they’ll need to maintain that form if they are to remain above the bottom three in the Sky Bet Championship table and continue closing the gap on the sides above them.
Hull have lost just twice in the league since the turn of the year and are currently fourth in the Sky Bet Championship, three points adrift of the automatic promotion places having played a game less than second-placed Middlesbrough.
The Tigers, who were beaten 4-0 by Premier League side Arsenal last weekend, have won 11 of their 16 league matches at the KC Stadium this season and have been beaten their just once – a 2-0 defeat to Derby County back in November.
As well as being tough to beat on their own patch, Steve Bruce’s men have also proven extremely difficult to score against – they have conceded just six times all campaign at home, which is tied for best in the division with Middlesbrough. Their 30 goals scored at the KC Stadium is the third best total in the league.
LAST TIME OUT
The Dons played out a goalless draw with Charlton Athletic on Tuesday evening.
Karl Robinson’s men dominated the first half at the Valley but weren’t able to take advantage, with Nicky Maynard’s effort at the near post the closest they came.
After the break, Rob Hall tested Charlton keeper Nick Pope while Samir Carruthers couldn’t keep his stoppage-time effort on target.
The Addicks were reduced to 10 men in the closing stages when Yaya Sanogo was dismissed for an off-the-ball incident with Antony Kay.
Theo Walcott then scored a brace to wrap up the victory for Arsenal and leave Hull nursing back-to-back defeats for the first time since December.
Olivier Giroud slotted home the opener on 41 minutes and, soon after Aaron Ramsey almost scored an own goal to hand Hull an equaliser, the striker doubled his tally with a volley.
The Tigers held the Gunners to a goalless draw at the Emirates Stadium in the original tie but were beaten 4-0 in this week’s replay.
Hull were also in action on Tuesday, as they took on Arsenal in their Emirates FA Cup fifth round replay at the KC Stadium.
“Steve Bruce is one of the best managers in the league he’s been there seen there and done it. Their backroom staff has a lot of quality as well – so many elements to their game are as good as I’ve seen at this level.”
Karl Robinson: “We’re under no illusions as to how big the challenge will be. We’re coming up against a side who I tipped to be a dead certainty for promotion because of the quality they possess.
VIEW FROM DUGOUTS
Steve Bruce: “MK Dons have done well of late and have proved that they can go to places and get a result. Saturday won’t be easy."
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Charlton Athletic v Middlesbrough, 3.30pm
Wolverhampton Wanders v Birmingham City, 1.15pm
Rotherham United v Derby County, 3pm
Queens Park Rangers v Brentford, 3pm
Nottingham Forest v Sheffield Wednesday, 3pm
Huddersfield Town v Burnley, 3pm
Fulham v Bristol City, 3pm
Cardiff City v Ipswich Town, 3pm
Bolton Wanderers v Preston North End, 3pm
Blackburn Rovers v Leeds United, 12.30pm
ELSEWHERE IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP
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*All odds correct at the time of writing
Samir Carruthers: 13/2
Josh Murphy: 5/1
Dean Bowditch: 9/2
Nicky Maynard: 4/1
Alex Revell: 7/2
First Dons goalscorer
Dons win: 9/1
Hull win: 4/11
SKY BET ODDS
Last draw: 1-1, 22 Feb 2005 (National Hockey Stadium)
Draws at the KC Stadium: 0
) mkstadium Last Hull win: 2-0, 31 Oct 2015 (
Hull wins at the KC Stadium: 1
Hull wins: 2
Last Dons win: N/A
Dons wins at the KC Stadium: 0
Dons wins: 0
HEAD TO HEAD
The Dons will be in search of their third successive clean sheet – the men from MK1 haven’t kept three shut-outs on the bounce all season.
Simpson’s two assistant referees this afternoon will be Declan Ford and Alf Greenwood, while the fourth official is Andy Haines.
The Lancashire official, who refereed the clash with Middlesbrough back in September, has booked 93 players in 27 games. He has also shown five yellow cards.
Jeremy Simpson will take charge of the Dons for the second time this season at the KC Stadium.
Shaun Maloney is out with a twisted ankle and Ryan Taylor (toe) won’t feature either.
Hull suffered a double blow this week with both Robert Snodgrass and Nick Powell both pulling up with injuries in training – the pair are ‘hugely doubtful’ to play according to Tigers boss Bruce.
Carl Baker (ankle) isn’t expected to make his return just yet, while Matt Upson and Joe Walsh (both hamstring) are both still sidelined.
Jake Forster-Caskey (foot) missed the midweek game at The Valley and will be monitored ahead of today’s game.