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Preview: Doncaster Rovers

All you need to know ahead of Saturday’s Sky Bet League One fixture...

24 November 2017

MK Dons will be looking to stretch their unbeaten run to six games when they take on Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The men from MK1 have won three of their last five matches in all competitions and will be hoping to maintain that good form against the Rovers, as they look to continue their climb back up the Sky Bet League One table.

Robbie Neilson’s side are currently seven five points adrift of the top six, in 13th place, but would likely close that gap by taking three points this weekend.

Avoiding defeat would complete an unbeaten month for Robbie Neilson.

Kick-off is at 3pm.

Doncaster currently sit in 18th place in the Sky Bet League One table following automatic promotion to the division last season.

Darren Ferguson’s outfit, who sit four points below the men from MK1, are without a win in their last three Sky Bet League One games after sharing the spoils with Rotherham United and Fleetwood Town before suffering a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Wigan Athletic.

The Rovers have proved this season that they are tough to beat in front of their own fans. Ferguson’s side have conceded just 12 goals at home in nine games, meanwhile, they have lost just one of their previous four matches at the Keepmoat Stadium.

MK Dons shared the spoils with Southend United on Tuesday night, with Kieran Agard on target once again from the penalty spot.

Josh Wright missed an early penalty for the Shrimpers, who then took a first-half lead through Stephen McLaughlin's terrific long-range effort.

However, the man who rescued a point against Charlton Athletic - Agard - once again showed his composure to convert a 76th-minute spot-kick in front of the Cowshed, making it five unbeaten for Robbie Neilson's side.

Rovers were beaten for the first time in six games with defeat against Wigan Athletic.

Ryan Colclough’s double either side of the interval and a Michael Jacobs effort sealed all three points for the home side.

Robbie Neilson: “We’ve had a decent run so far. Obviously, we’d like to have picked up a few more points but to go five unbeaten is good very good. It’s a big, big game on Saturday and we can finish off a good month with three points against Doncaster.

"We know it’ll be a tough game at a good stadium with a great atmosphere and we’re going there to put in a good performance and hopefully take three points.” 

Darren Ferguson: “We’ll have to be aggressive and on the front foot, MK Dons have been inconsistent, much like ourselves but they are a good footballing side, so it’ll be tough, but the main thing is getting the three points.”

The Dons welcome back George Williams, Ethan Ebanks-Landell and Ed Upson from suspension, however, Neilson is still without both Osman Sow (ankle) and midfielder Ousseynou Cissé (knee).

Andy Williams is unavailable to Doncaster this weekend after the striker suffered an ankle injury in the defeat against Wigan Athletic

Eddie Ilderton takes charge of Saturday’s clash.

The Tyne & Wear official, has ran the rule over 12 games this season, and has produced 33 yellow and five red cards this season. The last time he oversaw the Dons meanwhile, was during their 1-0 win over Coventry City in March 2017.

Ilderton’s assistant referees tonight are Helen Byrne and Lee Freeman while the fourth official is Ryan Johnson.

Dons wins: 2
Dons wins at The Keepmoat: 0
Last Dons win: 3-0, 21 Apr 2017 (Stadium MK)
Biggest Dons win: : 3-0, 21 Apr 2017 (Stadium MK)

Draws: 3
Draws at The Keepmoat: 3
Last draw: 0-0, 25 Oct 2014 (The Keepmoat)

Doncaster wins: 3
Doncaster wins at The Keepmoat: 1
Last Doncater win: 3-2, 10 Dec 2005 (Stadium MK)
Biggest Doncaster win: 3-0. 26 Dec 2004 (Stadium MK)

Result
Doncaster win – 5/6
Draw – 12/5
Dons win – 7/2

First goalscorer
Chuks Aneke – 6/1
Kieran Agard – 6/1
Gboly Ariybi – 17/2
No goalscorer – 17/2
John Marquis – 4/1
Liam Mandeville – 11/2
Alfie Beestin – 6/1

Scorecast
Kieran Agard to score first and MK Dons to win 2-1 – 60/1

Sky Bet tip
MK Dons to win and Both Teams to Score – 17/2

*all odds correct at the time of writing

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Tickets for Saturday's clash with Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium can now only be bought from the turnstiles ahead of kick-off, priced at £21 adults, £13 under-22s, £17 seniors, £8 under-18s and £5 under-12s.


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