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Preview: Fleetwood Town

All you need to know ahead of Saturday's clash with Fleetwood Town...

25 October 2019

MK Dons travel to Highbury Stadium this weekend to take on Fleetwood Town in their latest Sky Bet League One outing.

Paul Tisdale’s men are without a league win since their 3-0 thrashing of Blackpool back in September so a victory over the Cod Army Saturday would give the Dons a much-needed boost.

Kick-off is at 3pm.

THE OPPOSITION
Fleetwood Town enter this Saturday's game placed fifth in the table as they continue their push for a promotion spot. The Cod Army have picked up 23 points from their opening 13 games and are just four points behind leaders Peterborough United.

Highbury has proved to be a tough hunting ground for away sides this season, with Joey Barton's side boasting the fourth-best home form in the league. They've lost just once in seven games in front of their own fans - picking up five wins and scoring 13 goals.

Striker Paddy Madden has scored 10 goals this season and is currently second in the top-scoring charts behind Ivan Toney. Elsewhere, Josh Morris and Kyle Dempsey provide a goal threat from midfield, while the likes of Paul Coutts and Jordan Rossiter give the Cod Army options in midfield.

LAST TIME OUT
Goals from Callum Camps and Ian Henderson saw MK Dons beaten 2-0 by Rochdale at the Crown Oil Arena.

Camps struck from a corner after just two minutes while Henderson headed in from a set-piece on the hour to seal the victory for the home side.

Fleetwood Town, meanwhile, also suffered defeat during the week - they fell to a 2-1 defeat against Coventry City.

Paddy Madden put Fleetwood ahead, but goals from Bakayoko and Westbrooke secured the three points for Coventry City on Wednesday evening.

FIGHTING TALK
Paul Tisdale: "We can only consider ourselves and making our lives easier for ourselves. The players have to play a part in this, it's not just me having the ideas. They have to realise the importance of this to themselves and the club. I have to give them the right directions and then they have to go out and do it."

Joey Barton: "I went to watch MK Dons against Rochdale and they will play 3-5-2 and it’s one I am looking forward too. We will have plenty of opportunities to cause them problems, and we will need to be on the front foot with the fans behind us"

TEAM NEWS
MK Dons boss Paul Tisdale didn't reveal any fresh injury concerns in Thursday’s pre-match press conference. Both Kieran Agard and Ben Reeves continued their road to recovery on Tuesday night with the duo featuring in the second half.

On Agard and Reeves, Tisdale said, "They're two different injuries. Kieran has played a lot of football in the last year, and has missed three weeks. Ben has been out for a lot longer, missed pre-season so it is a very different scenario."

Ben Reeves came through his return to action unscathed so could feature, once again. So too might Jordan Houghton, who returned to the bench last time out following a short spell on the sidelines.

Regan Poole is also back in the squad after missing the defeat to Bristol Rovers while on international duty with Wales but strikers Rhys Healey (thigh), Sam Nombe (knee) and Joe Mason (hamstring) remain long-term absentees.

Fleetwood Town have no injury concerns heading into the clash.

OFFICIALS
Marc Edwards will run the rule over this Saturday's clash at Highbury.

The three-year EFL referee has taken charge of 10 games so far this term, and has produced 24 yellow cards and one red during that time.

His assistant referees are Anthony Moore and Daniel Woodward while the fourth official is Matthew Bristow.

HEAD TO HEAD
Dons wins: 4
Dons wins at Highbury: 2
Last Dons win: 1-0, 11 Nov 2017 (Stadium MK)
Biggest Dons win: 4-1, 24 SEp 2016 (Highbury)

Draws: 1
Draws at Highbury: 1
Last draw: 1-1, 24 Feb 2018 (Highbury)

Fleetwood wins: 1
Fleetwood wins at Highbury: 0
Last Fleetwood win: 1-0, 18 Feb 2017 (Stadium MK)
Biggest Fleetwood win: 1-0, 18 Feb 2017 (Stadium MK)

SKY BET ODDS
Dons win: 8/13
Draw: 14/5
Fleetwood Win: 4/1

Click HERE for more Sky Bet odds!

FOLLOW IT LIVE
Tickets, which are available in standing or seated areas, are priced from £22 adults, £17 seniors/under-25s and £7 under-16s while under-5s go FREE.

Official Away Travel is available for this fixture, with coach spaces priced at £26 Season Ticket holders and members and £27 all other supporters. Coaches will depart Stadium MK at 8.30am.

To book tickets click HERE, visit the Box Office at Stadium MK or call 0333 200 5343. Tickets will be available from the Club until 5pm on Friday.

Can't make the match? Not to worry, you can listen to live commentary on iFollow MK Dons for just £2.50 - click HERE to purchase an Audio Match Pass!

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 three hours after full-time.


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