The Dons entertain Queens Park Rangers at stadiummk today, as they begin their final 12 Sky Bet Championship fixtures of 2015/16.
The men from MK1 have been impressive most of the season at stadiummk – they have won six league games on their own patch in 2015/16, which is a tally bettered by only one side in the bottom half of the Championship.
With a seventh home triumph today, they could also extend that all-important advantage over the bottom three.
QPR have begun to build up form heading into the final nine weeks of the season and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s men will have aspirations of mounting a late push for the play-offs.
The R’s have lost just once in their last nine games, triumphing three times and drawing five, a run which follows an eight-match winless stretch.
Away from home the Londoners have only won four times and scored 15 goals, however they are unbeaten in their last five road outings.
LAST TIME OUT
A stunning stoppage-time free-kick from Jordi Gomez denied the Dons a point at Blackburn Rovers last Saturday.
Robinson’s men led at half-time thanks to Samir Carruthers’ drilled finish from the edge of the D but Rovers responded after the break and goals from Gomez and Elliot Bennett had them ahead with 20 minutes to go.
Late on, Alex Revell netted his second in as many games and appeared to earn a point for his side but Gomez’ set-piece three minutes into injury time broke the Dons’ hearts.
The R’s had chances to extend their lead after the re-start but Massimo Luongo, Gabrielle Angella and Chery were all denied by Blues keeper Tomasz Kuszczak.
Tjaronn Cherry opened the scoring with a low finish into the corner before Junior Hoilett capped off an excellent first half by converting a penalty awarded for a foul on Sebastian Polter.
QPR picked up their third victory under Hasselbaink with a comfortable 2-0 success over Birmingham City.
Karl Robinson: “This is a fixture every fan will be looking forward to. They are a wonderful Football Club and they have a wealth of quality on the pitch. We know how good they can be on any given day with the staff and the players they have.”
VIEW FROM THE DUGOUTS
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HEAD TO HEAD
Stroud’s assistant referees are Craig Hicks and Ashvin Degnarain while the fourth official is Ross Joyce.
The Hampshire official has refereed 34 games in 2015/16, booking 146 players and showing 11 red cards.
Keith Stroud will take charge of the Dons for the second time this season this afternoon, having been the man in the middle for the Capital One Cup tie with Southampton back in September.
Midfielder Ben Gladwin is out with a knee injury.
QPR have midfielder Alejandro Faurlin is available for selection after a spell out with a thigh injury while Tjaronn Chery is expected to remain in the starting XI after scoring on his return to the side last weekend.
Matt Upson (hamstring) is also sidelined while QPR loanee Jay Emmanuel-Thomas is ineligible due to the terms of his loan.
Carl Baker (ankle), David Martin (hamstring) and Ben Reeves (knee) all returned to training this week but today’s game may come too soon for the trio.
Karl Robinson revealed his side has suffered an injury blow this week but wouldn’t be pressed to name the player.
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink: “(MK Dons) have their own identity and are a team I like to watch. They play some good, attractive football, have a lot of speed and a lot of rotation between the lines. They are a difficult side to play against, especially at home.”
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*All odds correct at the time of writing
Samir Carruthers: 5/1
Josh Murphy: 4/1
Dean Bowditch: 7/2
Alex Revell: 3/1
Nicky Maynard: 3/1
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QPR wins: 2 Tickets for today's clash with QPR can be bought right up until kick-off, priced from £25 adults, £17 over-65s/under-21s* and £7 under-18s, while under-12s go FREE with a Young Dons membership**.
To purchase tickets click here, visit the Box Office/cash only booths around stadiummk or call 0333 200 5343.**Under-12s go FREE when an accompanied by an adult and with a Young Dons Membership (maximum of two free U12s per adult)
*Under-21s must be a Club Dons member to take advantage of the reduced price