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Preview: Shrewsbury Town

All you need to know ahead of today’s Sky Bet League One clash...

9 December 2017

Robbie Neilson’s side return to Sky Bet League action this afternoon after a break to partake in both the Emirates FA Cup and the Checkatrade Trophy.

Neilson’s side firstly came from behind to overcome Maidstone United 4-1 in the Emirates FA Cup Second Round to set up yet another cup clash with Queens Park Rangers in the Third Round of the competition. Aidan Nesbitt, Peter Pawlett and a Kieran Agard brace secured the win over the non-league outfit for MK Dons.

Chelsea Under-21s meanwhile, fielded the likes of Michy Batshuayi, Kenedy and Charly Musonda en route to a 4-0 win over the men from MK1.

Neilson will be aiming to return to winning ways today and record a win over Shrewsbury Town prior to a busy Christmas period.

Kick-off is at 3pm.

Shrewsbury currently sit in second place in the Sky Bet League One table and under Paul Hurst, they’ve lost just three games this campaign.

Tipped by many as one of the favourites for relegation from League One this season, despite climbing off the foot of the table to successfully escape the drop with points to spare last term. Shrewsbury began their first full term under the management of Paul Hurst with three straight wins, and with a squad that was then boosted by three further additions ahead of the summer transfer window closing.

After going 15-games unbeaten at the start of the season, the Shropshire outfit are aiming to restore momentum after two consecutive Sky Bet League one defeats against Bury and Bradford City.

A brace from Belgian international Michy Batshuayi helped Chelsea Under-21s to a 4-0 victory at Stadium MK - a result which saw MK Dons exit the Checkatrade Trophy. Elsewhere on the score sheet were both Callum Hudson-Odoi and Charly Musonda. 

Lenell John-Lewis was instrumental in both of Shrewsbury’s goals as they made a second-half comeback to beat Port Vale 2-1 in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Town went behind inside a minute when Craig MacGillivray was beaten at his near post by a Christian Montano strike, but John-Lewis, who came on a half-time, set up Dodds for an equaliser and his shot was then bundled home by Shaun Whalley for Town’s second of the evening.

Robbie Neilson: "They have been in unbelievable form this season. They have some real momentum behind them and I am sure they will be looking to continue that”

Paul Hurst: “Having watched them [MK Dons] they seem to have spells in games where maybe they just switch off, but they also have some spells when they could have put games to bed and maybe they haven’t done that.

“They should have been out of sight at Doncaster for instance. Southend played well there but again they had their moments where they got on top of the game at one spell, so it will be a tough game.”

In his pre-match press conference, Robbie Neilson confirmed he’s hoping to involve Osman Sow in one way or another in this weekend’s tie against Shrewsbury. 

The Dons will be without Alex Gilbey (knee) and Ousseynou Cisse (knee) who are both involved in their rehabilitation programme, while Callum Brittain (thigh) is also likely to miss the fixture.

Winger Aidan Nesbitt will be assessed.

Ross Joyce takes charge of Saturday’s clash.

The Cleveland-born official, has ran the rule over 22 games this season, and has produced 91 yellow and one red cards this season. The last time he oversaw the Dons meanwhile, was during their 2-1 defeat against Millwall in March 2017.

Joyce’s assistant referees this weekend are Alix Pashley and Gregory Read while the fourth official is Michael Webb.

Dons wins: 5
Dons wins at Stadium MK: 3
Last Dons win: 2-1, 25 Apr, 2017 (Stadium MK)
Biggest Dons win: 3-0, 25 Aug 2007 (Stadium MK)

Draws: 4
Draws at Stadium MK: 0
Last draw: 0-0, 3 Aug 2013 (New Meadow)

Shrewsbury wins: 3
Shrewsbury wins at Stadium MK: 1
Last Shrewsbury win: 3-2, 12 Mar 2013 (Stadium MK)
Biggest Shrewsbury win: 3-2, 12 Mar 2013 (Stadium MK)

MK Dons win – 19/10
Draw – 11/5
Shrewsbury win – 6/4

First goalscorer
Chuks Aneke – 11/2
Kieran Agard – 11/2
Ryan Seager – 13/2
No goalscorer – 15/2
Stefan Payne – 4/1
Carlton Morris – 11/2
Lenell John-Lewis – 13/2

Kieran Agard to score first and MK Dons to win 2-1 – 35/1

Sky Bet tip
Draw at half-time MK Dons to win at full-time – 11/2

*all odds correct at the time of writing

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Today's Sky Bet League One home fixture with Shrewsbury Town has been designated as the Aylesbury Big Day, meaning discounts for residents of the town.

As part of the Aylesbury Big Day offer, residents with a HP18 – HP23 postcode can purchase tickets at a discounted rate of £10 adults and £3 under-18s.

To book tickets click HERE, visit the Box Office at Stadium MK or call 0333 200 5343. Tickets will be available to buy right up until kick-off.

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