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Preview: Stevenage

All you need to know ahead of today's clash at Stadium MK...

16 March 2019

MK Dons return to Stadium MK this afternoon after two away trips to Macclesfield Town and Morecambe, respectively.

Paul Tisdale's side fell to their first defeat in six games at The Globe Arena on Tuesday and will be looking to banish any demons from that clash at the first time of asking later today.

The Dons can make it three straight Stadium MK wins with a victory over Stevenage, having overcome Newport County and Crawley Town respectively in their last two home outings.

A triumph would also see Tisdale's men move back into the automatic promotion places in Sky Bet League Two and put the pressure on incumbents Mansfield Town, who take on Lincoln City on Monday night.

Kick-off is at 3pm.

THE OPPOSITION!
Stevenage make the short journey to Stadium MK this afternoon, and will certainly pose a tough test for Tisdale's side as they found out in the reverse fixture earlier in the season.

Dino Maamria is currently at the helm at The Lamex Stadium and is currently amidst his first full season as Stevenage manager. Maamria enjoyed three separate spells with Stevenage as a player before taking on the managerial position in March 2018.

Currently plying his trade in Hertfordshire is former MK Dons striker Alex Revell, who has been with the Club since January 2018. Boro's squad boasts a number of experienced EFL faces including Scott Cuthbert, Michael Timlin and Joe Byrom. QPR youngster Ilias Chair has been impressing since arriving on loan in January, he's scored three times in seven starts for Stevenage.

LAST TIME OUT!
MK Dons fell to their first defeat in six games on Tuesday night, as they were beaten 4-2 by Morecambe. 

Jim Bentley's side ran up a three-goal lead courtesy of two first-half finishes and one early in the second.

Kieran Agard came off the bench to net twice and give Paul Tisdale's men some hope but their dreams of a dramatic comeback vanished with five minutes to play when Aaron Collins scored a fourth.

Alex Revell and Ilias Chair were on target for Stevenage, as they claimed a 2-0 win over Swindon Town on Tuesday evening.

FIGHTING TALK!
Paul Tisdale: "Stevenage will provide us with a certain test, and we need to be ready for it. We'll prepare for it with three points in mind."

Dino Maamria: "We have a got a big game at MK Dons on Saturday, a team we know pretty well. We beat them here, probably our best game of the season was against them. I have got to make sure I look after the players next couple of days and pick the right team to try and get a positive result at MK Dons.".

TEAM NEWS!
Paul Tisdale didn't appear to suggest any of his players would return in time for today's clash at Stadium MK. 

Providing an update on Tuesday evening, Tis said, "We don't have the full extent of his injury yet. We won't have [Joe Walsh], Baily [Cargill], Mathieu Baudry, Jordan Moore-Taylor or George Williams – I don't think they'll be back this Saturday."

For Stevenage, Danny Newton will be out for a prolonged spell with an ankle injury while Jamal Campbell-Ryce is a long-term absentee.

OFFICIALS!
Martin Coy will take charge of today's affair. It'll be the first time he's overseen an MK Dons game this season.

He most recently run the rule over a Dons game back in December 2017, during MK Dons' 4-1 win over Maidstone United in the Emirates FA Cup.

Mr Coy has officiated 29 matches this campaign, producing a total of 83 yellow cards and showing just two reds.

His assistant referees are Christopher Kidd and Gregory Read while the fourth official is Craig Taylor.

HEAD TO HEAD!
This will be the 12th clash between MK Dons and Stevenage, with the latter boasting the better record in the clash.

The Dons have run out winners on four occasions, their last a 3-2 victory at The Lamex Stadium back in 2014. Jordan Spence, Ben Reeves and Dean Lewington were on the scoresheet that day.

The two sides met most recently back in November and it was Stevenage who ran out 3-2.

SKY BET ODDS!
Dons win - 8/13
Draw - 3/1
Stevenage win - 4/1

Click HERE for more Sky Bet odds, with up to 118 more odds available for this fixture.

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FOLLOW IT LIVE!
Tickets are priced from £22 adults, £17 over-65s and £7 under-18s while under-12s go FREE with a Young Dons members. This includes entry to the Marshall Arena Fan Zone from midday.

Supporters can upgrade their seat to East Centre for just £5 more while an upgrade to clubRed is available for a £10 premium.

Don’t forget, with a Club Dons membership you can enjoy a £5 discount on 10 EFL matches during the 2018/19 season - Young Dons members are entitled to £1 off all 2018/19 EFL matches.

Season Ticket holders can also bring a friend for FREE on one occasion during the campaign while Premier Members can do so twice.

To book tickets click HERE, visit the Box Office or call 0333 200 5343. Tickets will also be available from the cash-only ticket booths right up until kick-off.

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 2pm.

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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