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Preview: Scunthorpe United

All you need to know ahead of Saturday's Sky Bet League One clash...

15 December 2017

Robbie Neilson’s side are in Sky Bet League One action this weekend as they take on Scunthorpe United at Glanford Park.

Neilson’s side were unfortunate to not take the three points against Shrewsbury Town last weekend. Shaun Whalley's late goal was the only damper on a positive afternoon for MK Dons.

Pete Pawlett put MK Dons on course for all three points until the Whalley found the back of the net with just five minutes to go. MK Dons fans will, however, be encouraged by the performance last weekend. 

Kick-off is at 3pm.

Scunthorpe currently sit in fifth place in the Sky Bet League One table and under the stewardship of Graham Alexander, they’ve lost just five games this campaign.

The Iron finished third in the Sky Bet League One table last year just four points off an automatic promotion position. However, they came unstuck in the playoffs as eventual Wembley winners Millwall knocked out Alexander's side with an aggregate score of 3-2.

A stunning 85th-minute equaliser from Shaun Whalley denied MK Dons victory at Stadium MK.

Whalley found the top corner of the net late on to cancel out Peter Pawlett’s goal, forcing Robbie Neilson’s men to share the spoils with second-placed Shrewsbury Town.

Kieron Morris’ deflected first-half strike helped the Saddlers make it three straight league wins with victory over high-flying Scunthorpe.

Erhun Oztumer saw a second-half penalty saved by keeper Matt Gilks but Walsall deservedly held on to climb up to 11th in League One.

Robbie Neilson:  “They [Scunthorpe] have done well. They won six on the bounce at one point but they’ve had a little stutter in the last 10 days or so. They’ll be looking to get back to winning ways. It’s always a difficult place to go as well.

“I know Graham [Alexander] well. He will have them well organised and working hard. They have some experienced players and always a strong team at home. We know we have to go up there and compete, as well as try to play some football.”

Graham Alexander: "We know about the quality of their squad. They have had some very good results and results they would have been disappointed with as well. They are probably in a little bit of a false position I feel for the quality of players they have got.

"If you don’t perform to your maximum highest standard, you can get beat by anyone. MK Dons are always one of the ones in the running for promotion from this division. We know the quality they have, but I want to see our quality. We need to remember what we’re good at and make sure we showcase that on Saturday.

Robbie Neilson will be without Alex Gilbey (knee) and Ousseynou Cisse (knee) who both miss out as they continue their rehailitation programme. 

Lee Novak will be missing for Scunthorpe, while Funso Ojo will also be a miss for Alexander's side. Elsewhere, both Sam Mantom, Luke Williams and Johnathon Margetts will also miss this Saturday's clash.

Graham Salisbury takes charge of Saturday’s clash.

The Lancashire-born official, has run the rule over 22 games this season, and has produced 87 yellow and four red cards this season. The last time he oversaw the Dons meanwhile, was during their 1-1 draw against Swindon Town in April 2017.

Salisbury's assistant referees this weekend are Geoffrey Liddle and Neil Sharp while the fourth official is Ian Smedley.

Dons wins: 5
Dons wins at Glanford Park: 3
Last Dons win: 2-0, 7 Apr, 2015 (Stadium MK)
Biggest Dons win: 3-0, 14 Aug 2012 (Glanford Park)

Draws: 4
Draws at Glanford Park: 2
Last draw: 1-1, 27 Jan 2015 (Glanford Park)

Scunthorpe wins: 5
Scunthorpe wins at Glanford Park: 2
Last Scunthorpe win: 1-0, 14 Apr 2017 (Stadium MK)
Biggest Scunthorpe win: 2-0, 04 Fed 2006 (Glanford Park)

Result
Scunthorpe win – 17/20
Draw – 5/2
MK Dons win – 16/5

First goalscorer
Chuks Aneke – 11/2
Kieran Agard – 11/2
Ryan Seager – 13/2
No goalscorer – 15/2
Paddy Madden – 4/1
Josh Morris – 6/1
Tom Hopper – 9/2

Scorecast
Chuks Aneke to score first and a 2-2 draw – 85/1

Sky Bet tip
Both teams to score and over 2.5 Goals – 6/4

*all odds correct at the time of writing

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