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Preview: Scunthorpe United

All you need to know ahead of Saturday’s clash at Stadium MK…

28 April 2018

Match Previews

Preview: Scunthorpe United

All you need to know ahead of Saturday’s clash at Stadium MK…

28 April 2018

MK Dons will be looking to finish grace the Stadium MK turf for the final time on Saturday as they host promotion chasing Scunthorpe United.

Keith Millen took charge of The Dons for the first time on Tuesday night as the men from MK1 fell to a 2-0 defeat away to Bradford City.

Scunthorpe travel to Stadium MK with hopes of securing a play-off position come the end of the season – something the Dons will be looking to scupper.

Kick-off is at 3pm.

Scunthorpe United finished the 2016/17 season in third place – securing a play-off position in the process. Their final standing resulted in a semi-final clash with Millwall, which ended in heart-breaking fashion for The Iron who secured their passage to Wembley with a 3-2 aggregate win.

Over the summer, Graham Alexander recruited a number of experienced names including Rory McArdle from Bradford City, Matt Gilks from Wigan Athletic and Lee Novak from Charlton Athletic. More importantly for the Scunthorpe faithful, they retained the services of Josh Morris who scored 20 goals in the previous campaign, the energetic Duane Homes and Neal Bishop.

Alexander started the season in good fashion as his side went the first six games unbeaten before suffering a 1-0 defeat against Blackburn Rovers in September. While Alexander's side never pushed on for an automatic promotion spot they have always been in and around the play-off picture this season. After a winless run of five draws and three defeats earlier in the season, manager Graham Alexander departed the Club with his assistant Nick Daws named as interim manager until the end of the season, former Iron defender Andy Dawson was named as his assistant.

MK Dons' Sky Bet League One survival hopes are all-but-over after a 2-0 defeat to Bradford City at the Northern Commercials Stadium on Tuesday evening.

Timothee Dieng and Nathaniel Knight-Percival scored either side of half-time, in a game where the Keith Millen's side dominated possession but were unable to find a way past Colin Doyle in the Bantams goal.

Scunthorpe United meanwhile, recorded an important 1-0 home win over Walsall last Saturday, with Ryan Yates scoring the decisive goal.

His diving header on 76 minutes secured a victory which tightens Scunthorpe's grip on sixth place in the League One play-off zone.

Keith Millen confirmed in his pre-match press conference that Peter Pawlett will face a late fitness test ahead of Saturday's clash, while Osman Sow will be unavailable for the Sky Bet League One tie.

Elsewhere, Alex Gilbey and Joe Walsh are both still unavailable as the duo continue their rehab.

Scunthorpe could welcome back Andrew Crofts who suffered from an illness earlier in the week. Luke Williams and Jonathon Margetts will not play again this season due to their respective injuries.

John Busby will oversee Saturday's clash with Scunthorpe. It'll be the second time the official has officiated the Dons this season – he last took charge of the Dons during their 2-1 win over Gillingham last month.

Mr Busby has overseen 41 games this season issuing 107 yellow cards and four reds.

His assistant referees are Antony Da Costa and Christopher Ward while the fourth official is Christopher O'Donnell.

Dons wins: 5
Dons wins at Stadium MK: 2
Last Dons win: 2-0, 7 Apr, 2015 (Stadium MK)
Biggest Dons win: 3-0, 14 Aug 2012 (Glanford Park)

Draws: 5
Draws at Stadium MK: 2
Last draw: 2-2, 16 Dec 2017 (Glanford Park)

Scunthorpe wins: 5
Scunthorpe wins at Stadium MK: 3
Last Scunthorpe win: 1-0, 14 Apr 2017 (Stadium MK)
Biggest Scunthorpe win: 2-0, 04 Feb 2006 (Glanford Park)

Dons win: 14/5
Draw: 12/5
Scunthorpe win: 1/1

First goalscorer
Chuks Aneke: 9/2
Kieran Agard: 11/2
Ike Ugbo: 13/2
Marcus Tavernier: 11/1

Chuks Aneke to score first and MK Dons to win 2-1: 40/1

Chuks Aneke and Kieran Agard Both to Score: 13/2

*All odds correct at the time of writing

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


MK Dons will look to return to winning ways in their Stadium MK finale against Scunthorpe United this Saturday afternoon.

The match has been designated as the Buckingham Big Day, meaning residents with an MK18 postcode can purchase tickets at a discounted rate of £10 adults and £3 for under-18s. 

General sale tickets are priced at £22 adults, £17 over-65s/under-21s and £7 under-18s while under-12s go FREE with a Young Dons membership.

To book tickets click HERE, visit the Box Office at Stadium MK/kiosk at centre:mk or call 0333 200 5343. Tickets will be available to buy right up until kick-off

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