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Preview: Bury

All you need to know ahead of MK Dons’ Stadium MK return...

11 August 2018

Paul Tisdale will make his Stadium MK bow this afternoon as his side plays host to Ryan Lowe’s Bury squad.

Tisdale's men picked up their first win of the season at Boundary Park last Saturday as goals from Kieran Agard and Ryan Harley secured the three points.

Bury also recorded the perfect start to the season as they overcame Yeovil Town 1-0 thanks to a late Gold Omotayo goal.

The two sides last met back in March with the Dons running out 2-1 winners that afternoon – a similar result today will mark the perfect start to the life at Stadium MK for Tisdale.

Kick-off is at 3pm.

Bury were also relegated from Sky Bet League One with MK Dons last season and will similarly hold aspirations of returning to the division at the earliest possible opportunity.

At the helm for Bury is former Dons striker Ryan Lowe – who last season turned around the Club’s form but couldn’t do enough to save the Shakers from relegation. 

His recruitment this Summer has been clever with experienced names such as Chris Dagnall, Byron Moore and Nicky Adams all joining the Club. Elsewhere, promising players such as Dom Telford, Gold Omotayo and Will Aimson signed on at Gigg Lane.

Bury also sold highly-rated midfielder Callum Styles to Barnsley, but having loaned him back until January, Lowe brings an experienced, strong squad to MK1.

MK Dons began the 2018/19 season with 2-1 victory over Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park.

Kieran Agard struck a ninth-minute penalty to put Paul Tisdale’s side ahead before the striker turned provider for Ryan Harley to double the lead.

Oldham responded through Dan Gardner but MK Dons battled through to the final whistle to secure three points, despite losing three players to injury and playing the final few minutes with 10 men as a result.

Substitute Gold Omotayo earned Bury a dramatic win over nine-man Yeovil Town at Gigg Lane.

In a fiery encounter, which saw referee Dean Whitestone dismiss Yeovil players Tom James and Jordan Green in the second half, Omotayo won it for the hosts with an 89th-minute header.

It gave the Shakers a winning start to the League Two season as they look to bounce back from last season's relegation.

MK Dons do have some injury concerns ahead of the game after their hard-fought encounter with Oldham Athletic last weekend.

Paul Tisdale described Peter Pawlett’s ankle injury as “short to medium term" while Conor McGrandles has a facial fracture and will be sidelined for several weeks.

Striker Osman Sow is unavailable, with the forward still a couple of weeks away from full fitness. Mathieu Baudry is close to returning to training after a pre-season injury but will not play on Saturday - neither will Brandon Thomas-Asante and Sam Nombe who are still out injured.

EFL referee Antony Coggins will take charge of today's clash at Stadium MK. 

Coggins is entering his second season in the Football League and last season refereed 34 games, where he produced 87 yellow cards and six reds.

He last took charge of the Dons during their 1-0 defeat to Bristol Rovers back in March 2018 – that day he issued four yellow cards. On the opening day of the EFL season, he officiated Scunthorpe’s 2-1 win over Coventry, in which he issued three yellow cards.

Coggins' assistant referees are Robert Atkin and Daniel Cook while the fourth official is Paul Lister.

MK Dons wins: 7
MK Dons wins at Stadium MK: 3
Last MK Dons win: 2-1, 17 Mar 2019 (Stadium MK)
Biggest MK Dons win: 5-1, 02 Feb 2008 (Gigg Lane)

Draws: 3
Draws at Stadium MK: 1

Last draw: 0-0, 14 Feb 2017 (Gigg Lane)

Bury wins: 2
Bury wins at Stadium MK: 1
Last Bury win: 3-1, 27 Sep 2016 (Stadium MK)
Biggest Bury win: 3-1, 27 Sep 2016 (Stadium MK)

Result
MK Dons win: 17/20
Draw: 13/5
Bury win: 16/5

EFL Price Boosts
MK Dons to win and BTTS: 10/3

Tickets are priced from £22 adults, £17 over-65s and £7 under-18s while under-12s go FREE with a Young Dons members. Supporters can upgrade their seat to East Centre for just £5 more while an upgrade to clubRed is available for a £10 premium.

To book tickets click HERE, visit the Box Office/cash-only ticket booths around Stadium MK or call 0333 200 5343. Tickets will be available to buy right up until kick-off.

Supporters currently outside the UK and Ireland can watch the match LIVE with an iFollow MK Dons International Pass or by purchasing an International Match Pass – click HERE for more information!

iFollow MK Dons will have also live commentary of the game for UK and Ireland-based fans – click HERE to sign up for as little as £4.49 for a month.

Supporters can also stay in touch with the action via mkdons.com’s Match Centre, which can be accessed by visiting the home page from 1pm.

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 along with full reaction from Paul Tisdale and a player. Highlights will be available to view from midnight. 

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