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Preview: Bradford City

All you need to know ahead of tonight's clash...

24 April 2018

MK Dons travel to Bradford City this evening for a must-win Sky Bet League One clash.

Saturday's 4-0 defeat at Roots Hall marked the end of Dan Micciche's reign at Stadium MK with the Dons now sitting six points from safety with three games left to play.

Keith Millen will take charge of tonight's clash, as the Dons look to keep their survival hopes alive by picking up a vital three points.

Kick-off is 7:45pm.

Bradford City have finished within the playoffs for the last two seasons but have failed both times to progress into the Sky Bet Championship. Firstly, under the guidance of Phil Parkinson, the Bantams came up short against Millwall in the semi-finals in 2015/16.

The following campaign, with Stuart McCall at the helm, the Bantams would yet again come unstuck against Millwall this time, however, it was at Wembley. Steve Morison's 85th-minute header secured promotion for the Lions.

In the summer of 2017, McCall added the likes of Adam Chicksen, Dominic Poleon, Jake Reeves and Paul Taylor to their ranks. It was a rebuilding job of sorts as the Club saw James Meredith, Rory McArdle, Mark Mashall and Stephen Darby depart the Northern Commercials Stadium.

After just one defeat in their opening nine Sky Bet League One games, it looked as if Bradford were heading for automatic promotion. Come January 2018, McCall's side suffered a 2-1 defeat against Northampton Town. That loss was followed by four more defeats with McCall eventually losing his job following a 2-1 loss to Oldham Athletic.

Simon Grayson took charge of the Club and since then has won two of his 10 games, losing five and drawing three.

MK Dons were dealt a huge blow in their bid for Sky Bet League One survival as they were beaten 4-0 by Southend United at Roots Hall.

Theo Robinson scored a hat-trick for the Shrimpers, who also had Stephen McLaughlin get on the scoresheet. The defeat means the Dons are now six points adrift of safety with three games left to play in the 2017/18 season.

Charlie Wyke struck late on to secure Bradford a draw away at Rochdale last Saturday. The home side looked on course for all three points after Matt Done fired Keith Hill's side ahead just before the break.

But goalkeeper Josh Lillis dropped a routine 89th-minute cross to present Wyke with the simplest of finishes in the dying embers of the clash.

Ben Toner will referee tonight's fixture – he was the same official who called off the clash earlier this season.

The last time he oversaw the Dons was back in December 2016 during their 3-2 win over Swindon Town.

The Lancashire born-official has taken charge of 32 games this season and has issued 97 yellow cards and four red.

His assistant referees are Andrew Hendley and Helen Byrne and Gary Hilton is the fourth official.

Dons wins: 5
Dons wins at the Northern Commercials Stadium: 2
Last Dons win: 2-0, 23 Sep 2014 (Stadium MK)
Biggest Dons win: 4-1, 08 Feb 2005 (Northern Commercials Stadium)

Draws: 1
Draws at the Northern Commercials Stadium: 1
Last Draw: 2-2, 28 Feb, 2017 (Northern Commercials Stadium)

Bradford City wins: 9
Bradford City wins at Northern Commercials Stadium: 3
Last Bradford City win: 4-1, 07 Oct 2017 (Stadium MK)
Biggest Bradford City win: 4-1, 07 Oct 2017 (Stadium MK)

Result
MK Dons win: 12/5
Draw: 5/2
Bradford win: 11/10

First goalscorer
Chuks Aneke: 5/1
Kieran Agard: 11/2
Ike Ugbo: 13/2
Robbie Muirhead: 13/2

Scorecast
Chuks Aneke to score first and MK Dons to win 2-1 – 35/1

Sky Bet tip
Both Teams to Score and 20+ booking points for each team – 9/2

All odds correct at the time of writing.

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Supporters can also stay in touch with the Dons via mkdons.com’s Match Centre, which can be accessed by visiting the home page from 6pm.

There will also be full coverage on the Club’s social media channels – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat!

A full match report will be available to view on mkdons.com straight after the final whistle.

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Tickets for tonight's clash with Bradford City can now only be bought at the Northern Commercials Stadium ahead of kick-off.

Tickets are priced at £25 adults, £15 seniors/students and £10 under-16s while under-11s can book for £5.


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