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Storylines: Oxford United

9 February 2017

The key storylines to follow heading into Saturday's Sky Bet League One clash at the Kassam Stadium...

Seven in a row
The Dons will be looking to stretch their unbeaten run in Sky Bet League One to seven games this weekend at the Kassam Stadium.

Robbie Neilson’s men lasted tasted a league defeat on Boxing Day and have won four of their six matches since that date.

Should they extend their run to seven games it would equal their third-best unbeaten run in the league since 2012. There is still some way to go to beat the 12-match run without a defeat that they enjoyed midway through the 2014/15 campaign.

Battle of the form sides
Saturday sees two of Sky Bet League One’s most in-form sides go head-to-head.

The Dons currently lead hold the joint-best record among sides in the division over the past six games. They are alone in boasting the best goal difference, however - a plus eight total which is largely down to their impressive total of 14 goals scored.

Also in the top 10 for recent form are this weekend’s opponents Oxford United, who have won three of their last six games.They’ve scored eight times and conceded half as much, giving them a respectable plus-four goal difference.

Something will have to give on Saturday - which side will stay near the top of the form table after the clash in Oxfordshire?

First trip to the Kassam
The men from MK1 will make their first-ever trip to the Kassam Stadium for a competitive fixture this weekend.

The Kassam Stadium is one of only six grounds in the EFL that has never played host to the Dons in a competitive match along with St. James Park (Newcastle United), Villa Park (Aston Villa) Pirelli Stadium (Burton Albion), Cherry Red Records Stadium (AFC Wimbledon) and Abbey Stadium (Cambridge United).

Will the Dons come away from their first visit to Oxford United with fond memories or not?

Expect changes
Robbie Neilson alluded to the idea of making more changes for this weekend’s clash.

The Dons boss made four alterations to his starting XI for the 1-0 win over Oldham Athletic but saw his three substitutes - Harvey Barnes, Chuks Aneke and Nicky Maynard - make a real impact in the closing stages.

Neilson is becoming known for his tactical surprises and you’d be hard pressed to guess what XI and formation he’ll go for this Saturday. George Baldock will be hoping to continue at right-back, though, as he comes up against the side he helped achieve promotion to the third tier last season.

Decisions on trialists?
Neilson revealed last weekend that he may invite players in for a trial this week, as the Dons search for out-of-contract defenders to bolster their side.

The Dons boss may provide an update on the search in his pre-match press conference, which will take place at Stadium MK on Thursday morning. The full presser will be available to view on MK Dons PlayerHD on Thursday.

Tickets for the clash with Oxford United can be bought at the Kassam Stadium on Saturday, cash only - tickets are priced at £21 adults, £15 seniors, £14 under-22s/students, £12 under-18s, £8 under-13s and £5 under-7s.

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