mkdons.com takes a look at the storylines to follow heading into Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two clash with Colchester United at Stadium MK...
Can Dons benefit from the weekend break?
This Saturday will have been a fortnight since MK Dons last took to the field, due to last weekend’s postponement at Rodney Parade. In fact, this weekend’s match will be only the Dons’ second of the month.
The cancellation provided Tisdale’s side with a weekend’s rest and, with several injury doubts heading into the game, the boss will be hoping that could be a blessing in disguise.
While the Dons weren’t in action last weekend, Colchester United were involved and faced a long and testing trip to Carlisle United. The U’s were beaten 4-0 at Brunton Park - a result they will be looking to respond from at Stadium MK.
A test for League Two’s top home team
MK Dons boast the best home record in Sky Bet League Two with 27 points to their name from an unbeaten 11 Stadium MK matches this season - just above, ironically, Colchester United, who are in second.
That record will certainly be put to the test on Saturday against a U’s outfit who sit third in the table and have a win against Lincoln City to their name this season.
John McGreal’s team are also one of the division’s highest scorers having netted 32 times - half of those have come courtesy of Luke Norris and Sammie Szmodics, who have scored eight goals a-piece this term.
End the year on a high at Stadium MK
Saturday will be MK Dons’ final home game of 2018 and they will be looking secure a positive end to what has been a mixed last 12 months of football in Milton Keynes.
The Dons won just two of their 11 games at Stadium MK between January and April but have since recorded nine victories in 14, with a chance to make it 10 in 15 this weekend.
It’s a turnaround in form that has provided supporters with real optimism heading into 2019.
Gilbey’s 200-game milestone comes full circle
Alex Gilbey was all set to make his 200th career appearance last weekend at Newport County but the postponement means he could reach that total against the club where it all begin.
Gilbey came through the youth ranks at Colchester United and went on to play 121 times for the U’s before leaving to join Wigan Athletic in June 2016.
Should he be involved on Saturday, it will be the first time he has faced the U’s since his departure and it will come on the day he plays his 200th career game.
Tickets for Saturday's clash with Colchester United 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 or call 0333 200 5343. Tickets will be available to buy right up until kick-off.