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Preview: Tranmere Rovers

All you need to know ahead of Saturday’s clash at Stadium MK…

28 September 2018

MK Dons return to Stadium MK for the first time in two weeks this weekend as they welcome Tranmere Rovers to MK1.

Paul Tisdale's side will be looking to return to winning ways after Yeovil Town held them to a 1-1 draw at Huish Park on Tuesday evening.

The Dons currently sit 11th in the Sky Bet League Two table having picked up fourteen points from their opening nine games. With three wins, five wins and one defeat to their name - they also boast the best defence in the division having only conceded seven goals.

Kick-Off is 3pm.

Tranmere earned promotion back into the Football League last season after overcoming Boredom Wood 2-1 in the Vanarama National League Play-Off Final under the stewardship of experienced EFL manager Micky Mellon.

Rovers have started their campaign in good fashion and currently occupy 14th in the Sky Bet League Two table after tallying 13 points from their nine games. Their Summer transfer business was smart having recruited a number of experienced Football League names as well as bringing in a handful of bright talents.

Dylan Mottley-Henry, Harvey Gilmour, Jonny Smith, Luke McCullough, Shamal George and Franklyn Akammadu were all signed on loan at Prenton Park with Zoumana Bakayogo, Mann Monthe, Cole Stockton, Ollie Banks and Mark Ellis signing permanent deals with the Club.

Tranmere were also able to retain the services of highly sought after striker James Norwood who scored 23 goals in 46 games during Rovers' successful National League campaign. The 27-year-old continued his fine goalscoring form this season - netting seven times in nine games already this year.

MK Dons were forced to share the spoils with their Yeovil Town counterparts on Tuesday night as Ouefela Olomola's 88th-minute goal earned The Glovers a point.

Tisdale's side had led courtesy of Kieran Agard's strike in first-half stoppage time but they weren't able to add to their lead despite several second-half chances.

Yeovil made them pay late on when Olomola fired past Nicholls to level the scoring.

Tranmere Rovers, meanwhile, fell to a 1-0 defeat against Newport County last Saturday with Fraser Franks' early goal proving to be the winner.

MK Dons Manager, Paul Tisdale: "I think it's clear that our last two performances were good but goals are what makes the difference. We've got enough talent and now we just need to turn those performances into results. We are waiting for it to click and come together. While it's early days we want to collect the points and we're not happy that we've missed out on them."

Tranmere Rovers Manager, Micky Mellon: "MK Dons are a good side, they are one of the bigger hitters in the division, we know it's going to be tough, it's a fantastic place to go. It's a Stadium to go and perform in, but we'll go down there, concentrate on us and what we can do to nullify MK Dons' threat - I'm looking forward to it - it's a good stage to go and play on."

Paul Tisdale noted MK Dons have no fresh injury concerns following Tuesday's clash with Yeovil Town and also added that Ryan Harley, Mathieu Baurdy and Conor McGrandles have all progressed well in their rehabilitation process.

Saturday's game, however, will be too early for Lawson D'Ath who is recovering from the ankle injury he suffered against Exeter City earlier in the season.

Tranmere Rovers trio Ritchie Sutton, Evan Gumbs and Liam Ridehalgh are all sidelined for Saturday's clash due to injury.

Lee Collins will run the rule over Saturday's clash as he takes charge of his third of the season.

The Surrey-based official has so far issued 4 yellow cards this season while he has dished out 0 reds.

His assistant referees this weekend are Lisa Rashid and Stephen Brown, while the Fourth Official is Paul Howard.

Total games: 16

MK Dons Wins: 10
MK Dons Wins at Stadium MK: 6
Last MK Dons Win: 3-0, 16th Mar 2013, (Stadium MK)
Biggest MK Dons Win: 3-0, 16 Mar 2013, (Stadium MK)

Draws: 1
Draws at Stadium MK: 0
Last Draw: 1-1, 21st Feb 2009 (Prenton Park)

Tranmere Rovers Wins: 5
Tranmere Rovers Wins at Stadium MK: 2
Last Tranmere Rovers Win: 1-0, 1st Feb 2014 (Stadium MK)
Biggest Tranmere Rovers Win: 4-2, 30th Oct 2010 (Prenton Park)

Result
Dons win: 20/21
Draw: 2312/510
Yeovil win: 19/10

First goalscorer
Chuks Aneke 9/2
Kieran Agard: 9/2
Rhys Healey: 5/1
Robbie Simpson: 5/1

Scorecast
Rhys Healey to score first and MK Dons to win 1-0: 28/1

Tickets, which can now only be bought at Huish Park, are priced at £24 adults, £20 seniors, £12 16-23 year-olds and £3 under-16s tickets.To book tickets/travel click HERE, visit the Box Office or call 0333 200 5343. Tickets will remain on sale from MK Dons until 12 noon.

Supporters can watch the match LIVE on iFollow MK Dons for just £10 – click HERE to buy a £10 Match Pass!

iFollow MK Dons subscribers will have access to live commentary of this game.

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


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