mkdons.com details the storylines to follow heading into Saturday's Sky Bet League One encounter with Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium...
Can the Dons get back on track in Bristol?
MK Dons will be in search of their first league victory in five games when they take on Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium.
Since back-to-back wins over AFC Wimbledon and Blackpool, Paul Tisdale’s men have lost four straight in the league – form which has seen them drop to 17th in the Sky Bet League One table.
Now seven points adrift of the top six, the Dons will want to put together a run of positive results sooner rather than later in order to close that gap and will view Saturday's trip to Bristol as an opportunity to do so, against a team who are on the fridges of the play-off places.
Rovers unbeaten at the Mem
MK Dons face a Bristol Rovers outfit who are unbeaten on their own patch so far this season.
The Gas have won three and drawn three of their six matches at the Memorial Stadium in 2019/20, scoring 10 goals and conceding only five times.
Two of their last three home games have ended in draws – 1-1 versus Gillingham and 3-3 versus Accrington Stanley – but they did beat Rotherham United 1-0 last time out in Bristol. Ninth-placed Oxford United have also fallen victim to Rovers at the Memorial Stadium this term.
Dons finding the net on their travels
Only eight teams in Sky Bet League One have scored more goals away from home than MK Dons this campaign, despite Paul Tisdale’s men having played one less road fixture.
The Dons have netted in each of their four away matches, totalling seven goals in total.
Their most impressive away display came at Blackpool last month, when they put three past the Seasiders in a dominant 3-0 victory.
Facing an in-form former Don
Talking of goals, if the Dons are to come out on top this weekend they will likely need to keep a former employee quiet in order to do so.
Jonson Clarke-Harris spent the second-half of the 2014/15 promotion-winning campaign on loan at Stadium MK and is now leading the line for Rovers following his move from Coventry City back in January.
The 25-year-old has scored an impressive 19 goals in 29 games for the Gas, with eight to his name already this term including five in his last five outings.
Tisdale’s depth put to the test
Staying on the theme of scoring, the Dons will likely be without up to 19 goals when they travel to Bristol this weekend.
Paul Tisdale looks set to remain without the services of his injured group, which includes the likes of Sam Nombe, Jordan Houghton, Kieran Agard and Rhys Healey, while Regan Poole is unavailable while on international duty with the Wales national team.
The Dons boss has expressed confidence in the depth of his squad, which will certainly be put to the test, once again, on Saturday.
Tickets for Saturday's clash with Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium are available in standing and seated areas, with prices starting from £19 adults, £15 seniors/under-21s, £10 under-16s and £5 under-11s.
Official Away Travel is available for this fixture, with coach spaces priced at £20 Season Ticket holders/members and £21 all other supporters. Coaches will depart Stadium MK at 10.30am.
To book tickets/travel click HERE, visit the Box Office at Stadium MK or call 0333 200 5343. Tickets will be available from MK Dons until 5pm on Friday.