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Preview: AFC Wimbledon

All you need to know ahead of Saturday's clash with AFC Wimbledon...

6 September 2019

MK Dons return to Sky Bet League One action this weekend after Tuesday's Leasing.com victory over Stevenage.

The Dons welcome AFC Wimbledon to Stadium MK, with the clash set to take place in front of the Sky Cameras. With a reduced Sky Bet League One fixture list, the game gives Paul Tisdale's side the chance to make ground on the division after their opening game against Bury was suspended.

Don't forget, the encounter takes place at the earlier time of 12.00pm!

THE OPPOSITION
AFC Wimbledon are still in search of their first victory of the new season having started the Sky Bet League One campaign with two points from their opening six games.

Wally Downes side, who survived relegation on a dramatic final day last term, held an impressive Wycombe Wanderers side to a 0-0 draw in their last league outing.

AFC Wimbledon will be buoyed by the return of exciting winger Mitch Pinnock who missed the Carabao Cup clash earlier in the season due to injury. Pinnock featured for just over an hour on Tuesday evening.

LAST TIME OUT
Conor McGrandles’ early strike and a second-half brace from Sam Nombe saw MK Dons pick up three points in their Leasing.com Trophy opener with Stevenage.

McGrandles fired the Dons ahead with a low drive before Nombe added two from one-on-one positions in the second half, as Paul Tisdale’s mean saw off Stevenage 3-0 at the Lamex Stadium.

Brennan Dickenson was handed his first MK Dons start as one of eight changes made by boss Tisdale on Tuesday evening.

AFC Wimbledon, meanwhile, were also in Leasing.com Trophy action. Wally Downes' side fell to a 2-0 defeat against Brighton and Hove Albion's Under-21s.

A Nikola Tzanev own-goal and a late strike from Bojan Samoukovic secured the win for the Young Seagulls.

FIGHTING TALK
Paul Tisdale: “It’s not ‘another game’. I know it means a lot to the supporters. I can’t say the players will try even harder because they always try their hardest. It’s not about how much we want to win, it’s about how we can win and that’s what we’re working on.

It was a really good game earlier this season. We were delighted to have won it. It was a month ago and it will be a different set of players on the pitch, I’m sure."


Wally Downes: “The feelings are like a derby, it’s like Liverpool vs. Everton or Manchester United v Manchester City - the feelings do run high. The form goes out the window and it’s all about the result on the day and bragging rights after."

TEAM NEWS

MK Dons boss Paul Tisdale didn't reveal any fresh injury concerns in hist post-match interview on Tuesday night.

Regan Poole (international call-up), Ben Reeves (leg), Jordan Moore-Taylor (knee) and Joe Mason (hamstring) are definite absentees.

OFFICIALS

Ben Toner will be the man in the middle this Saturday, referring the Dons for only the fourth time in his career.

Toner, in his fifth season as an EFL official, has overseen a total of five games so far this season. His most recent fixture, coming Sky Bet League Two clash between Crawley and Cheltenham. That day, he issued three yellow cards.

His most recent AFC Wimbledon appointment was during their 2-2 draw with Luton Town last season, where he produced five yellow cards.

Last season, he booked 120 players and dismissed six in 38 games. While this season, he has issued 16 yellows and one red.

Rob Smith and Adam Crysell will be the assistant referees, while the fourth official is David Rock.

HEAD TO HEAD

Dons wins: 5
Dons wins at Stadium MK: 3
Last Dons win: 2-2 (4-2 on penalties), 13 Aug 2019 (Cherry Red Records Stadium)
Biggest Dons win: 3-1, 12 Aug 2014 (Stadium MK)

Draws: 1
Draws at Stadium MK: 1
Last draw: 0-0, 13 Jan 2018 (Stadium MK)

AFC Wimbledon wins: 2
AFC Wimbledon wins at Stadium MK: 1
Last AFC Wimbledon win: 2-0, 14 Mar 2017 (Cherry Red Records Stadium)
Biggest AFC Wimbledon win: 2-0, 14 Mar 2017 (Cherry Red Records Stadium)

SKY BET ODDS
MK Dons win: 3/4
Draw: 13/5
AFC Wimbledon win: 3/1

Click HERE for more Sky Bet odds!

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FOLLOW IT LIVE!
Tickets are now on sale to supporters with ticketing history on the Club’s database or those with the following postcodes: MK, LU, SG, NN, OX, HP, CB, PE, AL, CV. Any supporter who doesn’t fit the above criteria will not be able to purchase tickets for this fixture.

Tickets for the match are priced at £22 adults, £17 seniors and £7 under-18s while under-12s go FREE with an accompanying adult. Supporters can upgrade to premium seats in the East Centre for a £5 premium while an upgrade to clubRed is just £10 more.

Club Dons members are entitled to £5 discount on the matchday price for 10 EFL games while Young Dons members can take advantage of a £1 discount on prices.

To purchase tickets click HERE, visit the Box Office at Stadium MK or call 0333 200 5343. Tickets will be available to buy right up until kick-off.

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 11.00am.

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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