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Preview: Bolton Wanderers

3 February 2017

Match Previews

Preview: Bolton Wanderers

3 February 2017

MK Dons will be looking to extend their unbeaten run in Sky Bet League One this afternoon while also claim their third straight victory.

Robbie Neilson’s side are unbeaten in their four league matches since Boxing Day, with three of those resulting in wins. The men from MK1 also boast a strong home record of late, having won four of their last five games at Stadium MK.

In their last two outings, the Dons have scored a whopping nine goals – four of which have come courtesy of the in-from Chuks Aneke, while Kieran Agard and loanee Harvey Barnes have also found the net in both matches.

Their recent form has seen them climb up to 15th in Sky Bet League One, five points adrift of mid-table. They could move up two places if they claim that third-successive victory today while also make up the goal difference margin on the sides above them – something they haven’t had problem doing of late.

Kick-off is at 3pm.

While confidence is certainly high at Stadium MK, the Dons do face a tough test this afternoon against a Bolton Wanderers side who occupy third place in the Sky Bet League One table.

The Trotters boast the best defensive record in the division, having conceded just 21 times all season. They’ve also won a total of 15 league matches, which is the second-highest amount among the 24 sides in Sky Bet League One.

That said, since the turn of the year Phil Parkinson’s men have yet to taste victory – they’ve drawn two and lost three of their five games in 2017.

Goals have also proved hard to come by of late, as well as all season with their total of 36 league goals scored ranking 14th among teams in the division.

A superb second-half display saw the Dons thrash rivals Peterborough United 4-0 at the ABAX Stadium.

Harvey Barnes opened the scoring in the 59th minute with a cool left-footed finish into the far corner. Kieran Agard then doubled the advantage with his 10th-goal of the season on 71 minutes.

Chuks Aneke made it 3-0 with a stunning 18-yard drive just three minutes later before the same man rounded off the victory with his fourth goal in two games in the closing stages.

The Londoners refused to let their heads drop and they equalised 10 minutes later when Patrick Bauer turned home from a Jake Forster-Caskey delivery before Nathan Byrne then gave Charlton a shock lead in first-half stoppage time – an advantage they wouldn’t let slip.

Zac Clough, who joined Nottingham Forest just three days later, put the Trotters ahead courtesy of a brilliant free-kick, which was awarded for a foul by Lewis Page – one that saw the Addicks defender shown a straight red-card.

Bolton finished the month of January without a victory after letting slip a 1-0 goal lead at home to 10-man Charlton Athletic.

Robbie Neilson: “They are a strong attacking side. They go direct to (Gary) Madine and then play from there. It’s going to be a physical game so we need to make sure the centre-backs will need to stand up to it and make sure they are strong.”

Last Dons win: 1-0, 18 Aug 2015 (Stadium MK)
Dons wins at Stadium MK: 1
Dons wins: 1

Coote’s assistant referees are Adam Matthews and Daniel Robathan while the fourth official is Nigel Lugg.

The Nottinghamshire official is four yellow cards away from 100 this season, having so far shown 96 in his 26 outings. He’s also made four dismissals, including two in his past four matches.

David Coote will be the man in the middle, refereeing the Dons for the first time since August 2015.

Top scorer Zac Clough left the Trotters on Deadline Day to join Nottingham Forest.

Striker Adam Le Fondre could make his second Bolton debut after joining on loan from Cardiff City while new signings Chris Long, Viv Solomon-Otabor and Filipe Morais will also want to feature.

Bolton are without midfielders Darren Pratley (ankle) and Mark Davies (knee) as well as goalkeeper Mark Howard (hand).

New signings Maecky Ngombo and Stuart O’Keefe will be looking to feature.

The captain missed last weekend’s 4-0 win over Peterborough United with an ankle injury while Reeves has been out of action since the Emirates FA Cup tie with Brighton & Hove Albion because of a groin problem.

Dean Lewington and Ben Reeves are the Dons’ two main injury concerns.

Phil Parkinson: “They are a team who were up in the Championship last year. They’ve picked up of late and they had two very good results recently. It’s a good stadium to play at and there anticipating a good crowd there. It’s a great stage to go and play on.”

Last draw: 1-1, 10 Sep 2016 (Macron Stadium)
Draws at Stadium MK: 0
Draws: 1

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*All odds correct at the time of writing

Josh Vela: 8/1
Max Clayton: 15/2
Adam Le Fondre: 13/2
Gary Madine: 11/2
No goalscorer: 8/1
Maecky Ngombo: 15/2
Harvey Barnes: 8/1
Chuks Aneke: 13/2
Kieran Agard: 5/1
First goalscorer

Bolton win: 9/5
Draw: 23/10
Dons win: 6/4

Last Bolton win: 3-1, 23 Jan 2016 (Macron Stadium)
Bolton wins at Stadium MK: 0
Bolton wins: 1 !Snapchat and Instagram, Facebook, Twitter
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