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Preview: Rotherham United

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

13 March 2018

MK Dons begin their stretch of three successive home games tonight when they entertain Rotherham United at Stadium MK.

Dan Micciche’s men, who haven’t played for 10 days, currently lie 23rd in the Sky Bet League One table, seven points adrift of safety but they will view this upcoming run of fixtures as an ideal chance to close that gap.

Tonight would be the perfect time to pick up points as well, with most of the sides above them – aside from Rochdale – not in action.

Kick-off is at 7.45pm.

Rotherham arrive in Milton Keynes on the back of their first defeat in eight games and will therefore be looking to get back to winning ways, in order to keep their automatic-promotion hopes alive.

The Millers had one seven games in a row before their 1-0 reverse at home to Rochdale at the weekend. They currently occupy fourth place in the Sky Bet League One table, nine points clear of seventh and nine points behind second spot.

Paul Warne’s men also boast a strong away record – they are unbeaten in their last seven road fixtures, having won five of them.

The Dons, who weren’t in action last weekend due to a waterlogged pitch at the Northern Commercials Stadium, were beaten 1-0 by Bristol Rovers in their last Sky Bet League One fixture.

Ellis Harrison scored the decisive goal in that match at Stadium MK 10 days ago – a second-half miss-hit cross which caught out Dons goalkeeper Lee Nicholls.

As mentioned earlier, Rotherham were beaten 1-0 by Rochdale this past Saturday afternoon – their first loss in 15 matches.

The Millers had a first-half header from Richard Wood disallowed before Stephen Humphrys stuck in the second half to secure a victory for his visiting side.

Dan Micciche didn’t reveal any fresh injury concerns for the Dons in his pre-match press conference on Monday.

Peter Pawlett (thigh) is available for selection following a spell on the sidelines while Osman Sow is still awaiting his first appearance since returning from a knee injury.

Marcus Tavernier (calf) is currently receiving treatment at parent club Middlesbrough and is being monitored on a week-to-week basis by the Dons. He won’t feature on Tuesday along with long-term absentees Scott Golbourne (hip), Joe Walsh (knee) and Alex Gilbey (knee).

Rotherham could welcome back former Dons midfielder Darren Potter, who has returned to training after a lengthy Achilles injury.

Defender Joe Mattock is expected to play tonight despite suffering a dead leg at the weekend but striker Jamie Proctor remains sidelined with a knee problem.

Michael Salisbury will take charge of tonight’s match at Stadium MK.

In 27 games this season, Salisbury has produced 54 yellow cards, made two dismissals and awarded six penalties.

The Lancashire official refereed the Dons’ Sky Bet League One clash with Bristol Rovers earlier in the campaign while he has officiated Rotherham twice in 2017/18, including their recent 2-0 victory over AFC Wimbledon.

Salisbury’s assistant referees tonight at Declan Ford and Rob Smith while the fourth official is Graham Horwood.

Dons wins: 3
Dons wins at Stadium MK: 1
Last Dons win: 4-1, 8 Aug 2015 (AESSEAL New York Stadium)
Biggest Dons win: 4-1, 8 Aug 2015 (AESSEAL New York Stadium)

Draws: 4
Draws at Stadium MK: 1
Last draw: 2-2, 26 Apr 2014 (AESSEAL New York Stadium)

Rotherham wins: 2
Rotherham wins at Stadium MK: 1
Last Rotherham win: 2-1, 23 Dec 2017 (AESSEAL New York Stadium)
Biggest Rotherham win: 4-0, 9 Apr 2016 (Stadium MK)

Result
Dons win: 13/5
Draw: 12/5
Rotherham win: 21/20

First goalscorer
Chuks Aneke: 11/2
Kieran Agard: 6/1
Ike Ugbo: 7/1
Robbie Muirhead: 17/2

Scorecast
Peter Pawlett to score first and MK Dons to win 1-0 – 55/1

Sky Bet tip
Over 3.5 goals and 7+ corners each team – 28/1

Supporters living outside the UK can watch the match LIVE with an iFollow MK Dons Season/Monthly Pass or by purchasing a Match Pass – click HERE for more information!

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Supporters can also stay in touch with the Dons via mkdons.com’s Match Centre, which can be accessed by visiting the home page from 6pm.

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.

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Tickets for tonight's fixture are priced from £15 adults, £10 over-65s and £5 under-18s, while under-12s go FREE with a Young Dons membership. Supporters can upgrade to East Centre for a £5 premium while a seat in clubRed is £10 more.

What’s more, groups of 20 or more that book tickets in one transaction qualify for a discounted Group Ticket rate of £10 adults and £3 under-18s.

To book tickets click HERE, visit the Box Office at Stadium MK/kiosk at centre:mk or call 0333 200 5343. Ahead of kick-off, tickets will also be available to buy from cash-only booths around Stadium MK. Tickets will be remain on sale right up until kick-off.


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