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Preview: MK Dons vs. Bolton Wanderers

21 February 2020

Bolton travel to Stadium MK on Saturday to take on Russell Martin’s MK Dons side in Sky Bet League One.

MK Dons sit in 18th place on 33 points and are unbeaten in their previous four games, drawing 1-1 at Lincoln City in their last game, which leaves them 10 points clear of the drop-zone. They have won nine league games this season, and eight of those have come at home. Their last home game resulted in an impressive 2-0 win over Wycombe Wanderers and in the previous one, they defeated Rochdale 2-1.

Team News

In his pre-match press conference with bwfc.co.uk, Keith Hill said that midfielder Ali Crawford could return for Bolton for the away fixture. He has returned to full training this week after not playing since October due to a knee injury. Keith Hill has also confirmed that forward Ronan Darcy will be part of the squad for Saturday’s game, who has been out with a foot injury. Anthony Georgiou is still not available but should return for next week.

Head to Head

Bolton have faced MK Dons five times with Bolton winning twice, one draw and an MK Dons sole victory. Bolton won the most recent meeting 1-0 this season with Daryl Murphy scoring a dramatic stoppage-time winner, after he had earlier missed from the penalty spot.

Match Coverage

As usual, match updates will be provided by the club’s official twitter account (@OfficialBWFC). We will keep you up to date with the action to ensure you don’t miss a kick – delivering a match report shortly after the final whistle with post-match reaction from manager, Keith Hill.

Live commentary will also be available by the iFollow BWFC channel (subscribe via the website), with the BBC Radio Manchester team providing the coverage.

Betting Odds

Bolton come into the game as 4/1 underdogs, according to Sky Bet, while MK Dons are 8/13 favourites.

A man in the middle

Saturday’s match will be officiated by Ollie Yates. He has refereed one Bolton match this season, which was against Sunderland in a 1-1 draw in September. He will be assisted by Samuel Ogles and Paul Graham and the fourth official is Daniel Cook. Yates has handed out 96 yellow cards in 28 matches this season, an average of 3.4 a game. He has sent off seven players.

Key man for The Dons- Rhys Healey

Rhys Healey is the man to be wary of for the Dons. He is in a rich vein of form, scoring in his past four games. He has 10 goals in total with 2 assists, scoring last time out with a free kick after three minutes against Lincoln City. Healey is 25 and was born in Manchester and has had numerous loans before moving to the Dons.


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