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Preview: AFC Wimbledon

All you need to know ahead of today’s Sky Bet League One clash...

13 January 2018

mkdons.com previews this afternoon's Sky Bet League One fixture against AFC Wimbledon at Stadium MK.

Robbie Neilson’s side progressed into the Fourth Round of the Emirates FA Cup last Saturday as they overcame Sky Bet Championship outfit Queens Park Rangers 1-0 at Loftus Road.

The men from MK1 were good value for their win too, controlling large portions of the game away from home. Attention now turns back to Sky Bet League One action as Neilson and his team look to return to winning ways in the league after the New Year's Day defeat against Oxford United.

Kick-off is at 3pm.

AFC Wimbledon currently sit in 21st position in the Sky Bet League One table, however, they do have two games in hand on most teams in the division. Manager Neal Ardley is currently amidst his fifth year in charge of AFC Wimbledon and last season guided them to a 15th place finish.

In the summer transfer window, Ardley recruited 10 different players including Liam Trotter, George Long and Milton Keynes-born Harry Forrester. With his side already boasting talent such as Lyle Taylor, Barry Fuller and Andy Barcham, Ardley will be looking to guide his side clear of relegation come the end of the season.

MK Dons pulled off another Emirates FA Cup upset at Loftus Road to secure their place in the Fourth Round.

Ousseynou Cisse scored the decisive goal 15 minutes into the second half as the Dons defeated their Sky Bet Championship opponents in the capital to book their place in Monday's draw.

Two goals from Harry Kane and a third from Jan Vertonghen gave Tottenham Hotspur a 3-0 win over AFC Wimbledon at Wembley Stadium as the Premier League side progressed into the Fourth Round of the Emirates FA Cup.

Robbie Neilson: "This is a huge game for the Club and the players know that as well. We had a great result last Saturday and this weekend is a fantastic opportunity to build on that.”

The Dons will be without Osman Sow who will serve the third and final game of his three-match suspension after he was shown red against Peterborough in late December. Neilson did, however, welcome back Callum Brittain to the MK Dons side at Loftus Road with the defender completing 80 minutes.

Neilson mentioned in his pre-match press conference that a handful of players who missed the clash with QPR will be assessed ahead of kick-off.

Paul Tierney will be the man in the middle this afternoon – the first time Mr Tierney has officiated the Dons this season.

The Lancashire official last took charge of the men from MK1 in 2015 during their 3-0 win over Swindon Town, a game in which he produced just two yellow cards.

In total this season, Linington has issued 42 yellow cards and is yet to issue a red. Mr Tierney has spent the majority of the season officiating in the Premier League but last took charge of Shrewsbury's 0-0 draw with West Ham in the Emirates FA Cup.

His assistant referees are Marc Perry and Robert Hyde while the fourth official is Andy Woolmer.

Dons wins: 4
Dons wins at Stadium MK: 3
Last Dons win: 2-0, 22 Sep 2017 (Kingsmeadow)
Biggest Dons win: 3-1, 12 Aug 2014 (Stadium MK)

Draws: 0

AFC Wimbledon wins: 2
AFC Wimbledon wins at Stadium MK: 1
Last AFC Wimbledon win: 2-0, 14 Mar 2017 (Kingsmeadow)
Biggest AFC Wimbledon win: 2-0, 14 Mar 2017 (Kingsmeadow) 

Result
MK Dons win – 7/5
Draw – 9/4
AFC Wimbledon win – 2/1

First goalscorer
Chuks Aneke – 5/1
Kieran Agard – 5/1
Ike Ugbo – 6/1
No goalscorer – 8/1
Lyle Taylor – 5/1
Cody McDonald – 13/2
Andy Barcham – 15/2

Scorecast
Chuks Aneke to score first and MK Dons to win 2-1 – 33/1

Sky Bet tip
MK Dons to win and Both teams to Score – 4/1

*all odds correct at the time of writing

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

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Tickets for today's clash with AFC Wimbledon are priced from £22 adults, £17 over-65s and under-21s, and £7 under-18s while under-12s go FREE* with a Young Dons (Plus) membership. Supporters can upgrade their seat to East Centre for £5 or to clubRed for £10.

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


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