mkdons.com details the storylines to follow heading into Saturday's Sky Bet League One clash with Wycombe Wanderers at Adams Park...
Back-to-back in the league
MK Dons will be in search of back-to-back league victories to start the season when they take on Wycombe Wanderers this weekend.
Paul Tisdale’s men opened their 2019/20 campaign with a 1-0 win over Shrewsbury Town last Saturday, courtesy of a deflected strike from substitute Rhys Healey in the third minute of stoppage time.
The Dons began last term with successive league victories for the first time in the Club’s history, beating Oldham Athletic 2-1 before seeing off Bury 1-0 at Stadium MK.
While the Club have previously won twice in a row at the start of a campaign, the 2018/19 season was the first time they had triumphed in their first two league matches.
Adams Park return
The Dons make their first visit to Adams Park for over seven years on Saturday, having last played in South Bucks back in March 2012.
In four previous meetings at Wycombe Wanderers, the Dons are unbeaten having won twice and drawn twice.
Memorable encounters at Adams Park include the 2-0 victory in April 2007 when late strikes from Gary Smith and Izale McLeod secured three points while the September 2009 clash saw Matthias Doumbe steal the show with a stunning solo goal in a 1-0 triumph.
Promotion hero amongst enemy ranks
One name will stand out on the Wycombe Wanderers teamsheet this weekend - that of David Wheeler, who played a crucial role in the Dons securing promotion to Sky Bet League One last term.
The attacker spent the second-half of the 2018/19 campaign on loan at Stadium MK and scored three goals in the final four games, including the winner in the 1-0 victory over Mansfield Town which sealed promotion.
Wheeler has featured off the bench twice for the Chairboys since moving to Adams Park on a three-year deal earlier this month. He will be pushing for a start against his former side on Saturday.
On the flip side, Wycombe Wanderers will be reacquainted with a former player of their own this weekend in the guise of Russell Martin.
The Scotland international played 142 times for Wycombe between 2004 and 2008 before moving to Peterborough United for an undisclosed fee.
Martin remains a popular figure at Adams Park and may be tasked with keeping his former MK Dons teammate, Wheeler, quiet on Saturday.
Anyone played their way into contention
Paul Tisdale made four changes to his MK Dons side for Tuesday’s Carabao Cup tie with AFC Wimbledon and each of the foursome took their chance to impress.
Regan Poole was voted by supporters as their Man of the Match following a very impressive debut outing while David Kasumu made the most of his start by getting himself on the scoresheet with a stunning curling effort.
Ryan Harley and Baily Cargill also put in solid showings, as did Alex Gilbey, coming off the bench in his first appearance since March.
It remains to be seen whether any of the five players mentioned above have done enough to earn starts at the weekend or if Tisdale will turn back to the likes of Joe Walsh, George Williams, Jordan Houghton and Hiram Boateng who appeared to be rested in midweek.
Tis to meet with the media on Thursday
As ever, Paul Tisdale will sit down with the local media this Thursday afternoon to preview Saturday’s encounter with Wycombe Wanderers.
The MK Dons manager will likely reflect on Tuesday’s cup success as well as discuss his side’s upcoming opponents and provide an injury update on absent players.
Press conferences will be free to view on iFollow MK Dons and all the Club’s social media channels from 2pm on Thursday.
Tickets for the clash with Wycombe Wanderes must be bought before 5pm on Friday, as there will be no sales on the day of the game at Adams Park.
Tickets are priced at £21 adults, £19 seniors, £16 young adults and £10 juniors while 12 and unders go FREE. Supporters with a disability pay the age applicable price and are entitled to a FREE personal assistant.
Official Away Travel is available for this fixture at a price of £12 Season Ticket holders/members and £13 all other supporters.
To book tickets click HERE, visit the Box Office at Stadium MK or call 0333 200 5343. Tickets will be available to buy from the Box Office until 5pm on Friday.