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MATCH PREVIEW: MK DONS

28 December 2020

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It is the first match after Christmas and Swindon Town will play host to 16th placed MK Dons at the County Ground.

Town endured a poor set of results in December, but rallied to earn a 2-2 draw against promotion hopefuls Charlton Athletic.

The boys also had the luxury of an extra couple of days rest, as a result of the scheduled Boxing Day fixture against Portsmouth being postponed due to Pompey having positive COVID cases within the squad

MK Dons on the other hand rather enjoyed their Boxing Day, after goals from Ben Gladwin and Scott Fraser helped sweep aside Bristol Rovers at the Stadium MK.

Tomorrow will be the first League meeting between the sides in two seasons, when MK Dons were promoted and the Reds finished 14th; however, the Town did beat and draw with the Dons in that season.

The last meeting between the two sides ended with Town taking home the points in a pulsating 3-2 affair in Milton Keynes, as a brace from Michael Doughty and a smart finish from Keshi Anderson gave the Reds the three points.

It will be a matter of same again for Swindon, who will be looking to close the chapter of 2020 with a win.

The opposition:

MK Dons have endured some rough patches during the League this season, but still find themselves in a relatively comfortable 16th placed position.

They failed to win in their opening five league fixtures and also struggled with their away form, recording their first victory in November which was an impressive 2-1 away win against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

However, Russell Martin’s side have recorded many impressive results and victories this season, including opening December with a 1-0 away victory against Charlton at the Valley and a draw against Peterborough a couple of weeks later.

Most of the season they have set up with a back three but recently changed to a 4-2-3-1 against Bristol Rovers with Ben Gladwin moving over to the right wing and Daniel Harvie situated on the left flank.

Ones to watch:

Scott Fraser currently top the Dons goalscoring charts with seven goals and one assist in nineteen appearances this season.

He can play through the middle as an attacking midfielder as well as a wide midfielder on both flanks, and he will be one of the key danger men to the Reds.

Officials:

Sam Purkiss has been appointed as referee for tomorrow's game, with Adam Ricketts and Justin Amey as assistants. The fourth official will be Charles Breakspear.

How to watch:

Season Ticket Holders will be able to stream the match at no extra cost on iFollow STFC and Match Passes are available for a fee of £10.


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