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Preview: Charlton Athletic

All you need to know ahead of Saturday's Sky Bet League One clash...

17 February 2018

MK Dons welcome Charlton to Stadium MK this aftern as they look to return to winning ways in Sky Bet League One.

Dan Micciche’s men suffered their fourth defeat in as many games on Tuesday night as they fell to a 1-0 defeat away to Oldham Athletic. Prior to the clash at the Park, MK Dons tasted defeat against Portsmouth, Walsall, and Coventry respectively.

The Dons currently occupy the third relegation spot, sit six points off safety, but do hold two games in hand.

Kick-off is at 3.00pm.

Beginning the current campaign with five wins from the first six League games, a winless run of eight League games at the end of 2017 resulted in Charlton slipping out of the top six as the New Year arrived, three wins.

Two draws and just one loss in their last six games means that the Addicks arrive at Stadium MK today just one place and two points off the final play-off berth currently held by Bradford City.

Hit by injuries throughout the campaign, influential forward Billy Clarke going down with a season ending injury in late December, Robinson then saw short-term signing Leon Best fall by the injury wayside before Arsenal loanee Stephy Mavididi scored two in his first four games before then suffering a hamstring injury that will sideline him for the next few weeks.

Robinson's side next face Shrewsbury and AFC Wimbledon as they look to secure promotion back to the Sky Bet Championship come the end of the season.

Anthony Gerrard’s first-half header was the difference on a difficult night for MK Dons at Park.

The Latics captain headed his side in front just before half-time and despite seeing the ball for long periods of the contest, Dan Micciche’s men were unable to break down their opponents in tough conditions and earn themselves a share of the spoils.

Tuesday’s result leaves the Dons 22nd in the Sky Bet League One table, six points adrift of safety although still with those two games in hand.

Despite leading 1-0 Charlton recorded their ninth draw of the season on Tuesday night as a late Tyrell Robinson goal resulted in a share of the spoils.

The Dons are without Alex Gilbey who will miss the remainder of the season after having knee surgery. Chuks Aneke and Peter Pawlett will both be put through a late fitness test ahead of the clash. Ethan Ebanks-Landell is suspended for this afternoon's clash after picking up his tenth booking of the season against Oldham.

Micciche welcomed back Aidan Nesbitt to the fold on Tuesday night, while there was a spot on the bench for Elliott Ward during the Oldham defeat.

Charlton defender Jason Pearce could be back in contention this afternoon - the 30-year-old played 70-minutes for the Under-23s as he looks to up his rehabilitation process. 

Roger East will referee the Dons today - the Premier League veteran has taken charge of 12 Premier League games this season.

The Wiltshire-official rookie has taken charge of 21 matches this season, in total, he has produced 68 yellow cards and made just two dismissals.

His assistant referees this afternoon are Richard West and Adrian Holmes while the fourth official is John Busby.

Dons wins: 4
Dons wins at Stadium MK: 3
Last Dons win: 2-0, 04 Apr 2017 (Stadium MK)
Biggest Dons win: 2-0, 04 Apr 2017 (Stadium MK)

Draws: 4
Draws at Stadium MK: 1
Last draw: 2-2, 18 Nov 2017 (The Valley)

Charlton wins: 6
Charlton wins at Stadium MK: 3
Last Charlton win: 1-0, 26 Dec 2016 (Stadium MK)
Biggest Charlton win: 5-1, 14 Nov 2009 (The Valley)

Dons win: 23/10
Draw: 12/5
Charlton win: 23/20

First goalscorer
Kieran Agard: 11/2
Ike Ugbo: 13/2
Robbie Muirhead: 15/2
No goalscorer: 9/1
Josh Magennis: 5/1
Nicholas Ajose: 11/2
Michal Zyro: 6/1

Ike Ugbo to score first and MK Dons to win 2-1 – 45/1

Sky Bet tip
MK Dons to win and over 2.5 Goals in the game – 9/2

All odds correct at the time of writing.

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

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


Tickets for today's clash with Charlton at the Stadium MK are priced at £22 adults, £17 seniors/under-21s, £8 for under-18s, meanwhile, under-12s go FREE with a Young Dons membership.

To book tickets click HERE, visit the Box Office at Stadium MK/cash-only ticket booths or call 0333 200 5343.

Tickets will be available to buy right up until kick-off.

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