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PREVIEW: MK Dons v Wanderers

All the info as the Whites look to end massive month on another high

25 February 2022

Wanderers are back on their travels for another big game at promotion hopefuls MK Dons.

Back-to-back home wins have kept the Whites on the fringe of the play-off race as one of the form teams of the division.

Ian Evatt’s men could get within a couple of points of the top six with a sixth away win of the season - and sixth win of a fanatstic February - depending on results elsewhere.

The Dons, meanwhile, will be looking to stay up with the pace near the top and could potentially move level on points with second-placed Wigan, who entertain sixth-placed Sunderland on another potentially pivotal day in League One.

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PRE-MATCH QUOTES FROM THE BOSSES

Ian Evatt: “I think it’s going to be a really good game. I’ve watched a fair bit of them the last couple of days and they are a good team, a dangerous team.

“I love the way they play and what they’re trying to do. But we have some threats and weapons on our team as well, so I’m excited for the challenge.

“It’s two teams in top form at the moment and something’s got to give. Hopefully we can maintain our good winning form.”

MK Dons head coach Liam Manning: “I am excited about tomorrow’s game - two in-form teams that are ready to go head to head.

"(Bolton) are a really good side. They have real good energy and a good blend of style. They move the ball really well but they're not afraid to go long. I’ve enjoyed watching them.

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TEAM NEWS

Wanderers will have captain Ricardo Almeida Santos back after he missed the mid-week win over Lincoln City due to the birth of his second child.

Wing-back Declan John is also expected to be fit following a back spasm which forced him off at half-time against the Dons.

MK are without Scotland U21 international Daniel Harvie due to suspension and defender Aden Baldwin remains sidelined.

TICKETS

Wanderers’ fans can buy tickets on the day at Stadium:MK. Details HERE

FORM GUIDE

Wanderers have won eight of their last 10 games to move into play-off contention.

Defeat in their last away game at Burton ended a three-game game unbeaten away record on the road.

But no side in the division has collected more points in their last 10 games than the Whites and 25 goals during that run is the most scored.

MK Dons are unbeaten in their last seven games to sit just outside the automatic promotion places.

However, they have won just two of their last seven home fixtures.

LAST MEETING

Wanderers 3-3 Milton Keynes Dons | Saturday 7 August, 2021

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Wanderers kicked off life back in League One with a dramatic draw on the opening day of the season.

And defender Alex Baptiste was the Whites’ unlikely hero with a last-gasp equaliser.

Wanderers trailed in an entertaining game before Josh Sheehan curled in a superb free-kick to level.

Summer signing Amadou Bakayoko then fired Ian Evatt’s men ahead on his debut but the Dons hit back to lead 3-2 going into injury time.

Wanderers refused to lie down, though, and Baptiste popped to ram home an equaliser with the defender’s first goal of the club and first since January, 2014.

Wanderers: Gilks, John, Jones, Baptiste, Johnston, Sheehan (Lee 85), Williams, Sarcevic, Afolayan (Kachunga 85), Bakayoko, Doyle (Isgrove 72). Substitutes: Dixon, Almeida Santos, Thomason, Delfouneso.

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Sebastian Stockbridge

Assistant referees: Alex James and Conor Farrell

Fourth official: David Rock


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