mkdons.com details some of the storylines to follow heading into this weekend’s clash with Walsall at Stadium MK...
MK Dons picked up their first home victory of the season last Saturday in the Emirates FA Cup, ending a run of 14 games without a success at Stadium MK.
They also stopped a six-game winless stretch with the 3-2 triumph over Spennymoor Town which, although not an ideal result given their three-goal advantage after 15 minutes, was greatly received by both the team and fans alike.
Now, it’s about using the confidence gained to put together a run of positive results, especially in Sky Bet League One and especially at Stadium MK.
The men from MK1 have some big matches coming up in over the next two months and will need all the momentum they can get to battle through a tough festive period – momentum which will be gained through winning games.
Beat the bogey team
After avoiding defeat in their first eight meetings with the Midlands outfit, the men from MK1 haven’t found things easy in recent times against the Saddlers.
Should the Dons come out on top this weekend, it will only be the second home victory over the Midlands outfit since 2009.
In fact, in they’ve only won two out of the last seven clashes between the clubs – both of those successes coming in the 2013/14 campaign.
Richie Barker & Co will be looking to buck the trend on Saturday.
Key players on international duty
Saturday’s clash falls on international weekend and even though both sides have players away on duty, the fixture will go ahead as normal – EFL rules stipulate that at least one of the two teams must have at least three players selected in order for a match to be postponed.
The Dons will be without Joe Walsh, who joined up with the Wales squad on Tuesday as a late injury replacement for James Collins. The defender has been a virtual ever-present in the centre of defence this season.
Walsall, meanwhile, have had Liam Kinsella and Andreas Markis called up by Republic of Ireland Under-21s and Cyprus respectively – both players have reached double-figures in terms of appearances this season.
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