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Preview: P’boro Utd

27 January 2017

MK Dons will be looking to secure back-to-back league wins this afternoon when they face Peterborough United at the ABAX Stadium.

Robbie Neilson’s side, who beat local rivals Northampton Town in an eight-goal thriller last Saturday, have won consecutive games just once this season and that’s something they’ll be looking to change as they look to further climb the Sky Bet League One table.

A success in Cambridgeshire would not only be the Dons’ second in as many games, it would also be a first away from home since November. It would move on to six for the campaign and only two sides in the division boast more than that.

Three points could also see the team move closer to the top half of Sky Bet League One. The Dons are currently six points adrift of 12th-placed Oxford United but have a game in hand on the U’s, who are not in league action this weekend.

Kick-off is at 3pm.

Peterborough sit four points adrift of the top six heading into today’s clash so will want a victory to help them close that gap.

Posh will also be out to turn around their recent form – the Cambridgeshire club have won just once in their last six outings, having won five in six before that.

Grant McCann’s side have been relatively impressive at home throughout the campaign, losing only three of their 13 league matches at the ABAX Stadium. They’ve scored 24 goals in front of their home support while also conceding 15 times.

The Dons claimed their fourth home win in five courtesy of a 5-3 triumph at home to local rivals Northampton Town.

Robbie Neilson’s side ran out to a three-goal lead courtesy of Kieran Agard’s ninth finish of the season and Chuks Aneke’s brace – the first two goals of his Dons career.

The deficit was reduced five minutes after Aneke’s second but the men from MK1 responded immediately through Darren Potter.

Marc Richards headed home to make the score 4-2 but Harvey Barnes’ first senior goal took the Dons’ total to five just three minutes after coming on for his debut.

That proved to be the real knockout blow, even after Northampton scored again to leave the score 5-3.





The Latics doubled their lead and secured the points eight minutes from time through McLaughlin, who tapped in a six-yard volley from Aaron Amadi-Holloway’s cross.

Their opening goal, however, came in the 69th minute when Paul Green converted from the penalty spot following a foul on McLaughlin in the area.

Ryan McLaughlin and Peter Clarke both went close to opening the scoring in the first half but couldn’t find a breakthrough.

Peterborough were unable to build on last weekend’s win over Swindon Town as they lost 2-0 at relegation-threatened Oldham Athletic.



Robbie Neilson: “They’re a good club, who have done really well recently, and it’s going to be a tough game but it’s been a while since we’ve won down there so it’s important we go and try to pick up three points.”




Grant McCann: “We’ve had some great battles with MK over the years. I’ve played in some of them and they will come here in good form under a new manager. They have good players who can handle the ball well so I’m expecting a good game.”

Last Dons win: 1-0, 4 Oct 2016 (ABAX Stadium)
Dons wins at the ABAX Stadium: 4
Dons wins: 8

His assistant referees are Andrew Hendley and Christopher Kidd while the fourth official is David Plowright.

Busby has shown 87 yellow cards in 22 games this season but has only produced two red cards.

John Busby will take charge of this afternoon's fixture, refereeing the Dons for the very first time.

Centre-back Jack Baldwin is a doubt but has recently returned to training following a knee injury.

Posh are without midfielder Jermaine Anderson and winger Harry Anderson.

Ben Reeves, however, is a doubt with a groin problem – he is ‘touch and go’  while long-term absentee Scott Wootton remains on the sidelines.

Joint-top goalscorer Dean Bowditch is set to return after a spell out of action due to a hamstring injury while goalkeeper David Martin (illness) is fully healthy.






Last draw: 0-0, 20 Jan 2009 (ABAX Stadium)
Draws at the ABAX Stadium: 1
Draws: 3




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*All odds correct at the time of writing

Paul Taylor: 15/2
Gwion Edwards: 7/1
Marcus Maddison: 6/1
Tom Nichols: 11/2
Lee Angol: 11/2
No goalscorer: 12/1
Chuks Aneke: 10/1
Robbie Muirhead: 15/2
Nicky Maynard: 7/1
Kieran Agard: 5/1
First goalscorer

Posh win: 13/10
Draw: 5/2
Dons win: 19/10
Result

Last Posh win: 2-0, 27 Aug 2016 (Stadium MK)
Posh wins at the ABAX Stadium: 5
Posh wins: 10 Tickets for today's clash with Peterborough United, which are priced at £23 adults, £14 seniors/under-21s and £10 under-18s, can be bought at the ABAX Stadium ahead of kick-off.

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