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Us v Them

Grimsby v MK Dons

By: Alex Green
Date: 07/03/2008

AND the Premiership complain about fixture congestion! After coming down from the elation which was Tuesday night Town play their fourth game in 11 days when they face future Wembley opponents MK Dons at Blundell Park

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The Opposition

Overview

Paul Ince’s MK Dons are in the top few and with a game in hand over leaders Peterborough and only 2 points separating them it’s a possibility that the most controversial club in the League could win their first title since their franchise creation a few years ago. Ince, whose managerial career started brilliantly at Macclesfield, has moved further south to - however you see it - a club which has the facilities and the logistics to grow and expand rapidly. Now in their new home half impressive, half built and less then half full Stadium Mk is fairly impressive and shows a part of Winkleman's vision for the new club. With 11 fixtures left and games against Peterborough and Hereford left to play the championship is still up for grabs for the least favourite club in the league.

The Team
After Mcleod left for pastures new in a million pound deal to south east London Ince has had to find a replacement to the talisman who pushed MK close to promotion last year. In Mark Wright (left) Ince may have found the perfect replacement since his arrival in August the former Walsall and Nuneaton midfielder has scored 11 so far this season and after only 23 games played his ratio is a very impressive number which I cant be bothered to do the maths for but either way he scores more then our strikers do and has good support from his fellow midfielders such as former Wolves and Hearts star Colin Cameron and the ex-Liverpool trainee Alan Navarro.

Key Player
Willy Gueret . Has been involved in every game this season for MK and has kept the most clean sheets in the league and the experienced French man has been needed on several occasions to shut out opposition and keep hold of several wins and vital points. Since starting in Le Mans then Millwall and later Swansea after joining MK Dons in August Gueret has been instrumental in helping the progress of MK Dons promotion push. One of the true good keepers of League One and a Two Gueret is a problem Towns strike force will have to overcome him.

Recent Form

TownMK Dons
DMorecambe (JPT)(h)0-0
WMorecambe(a)4-0
WMorecambe (JPT)(a)1-0
DWrexham(h)1-0
LDagenham(h)1-4
Currently 11th in League Two.
WChester(h)1-0
LSwansea (JPT)(h)0-1
DBarnet(a)2-0
WSwansea (JPT)(a)1-0
DShrewsbury(a)3-3
Currently 2nd in League Two.

Top Scorers

TownMK Dons
Danny North9
Danny Boshell6
Wright 13
Andrews11
Dyer8
Allen8

Team News

TownMK Dons

  • Striker Danny North will undergo a late fitness test ahead of the game. Peter Bore is a likely replacement.

  • Ciaron Toner will be out for a couple of weeks after picking up an ankle injury in his comeback game on Saturday.

  • Striker Martin Butler is also available for selection but is unlikely to get further than the bench.
  • MK Dons welcome back Dean Lewington, who missed the 1-0 win over Chester due to suspension.

  • Keith Andrews is suspended, and Drissa Diallo is still missing with a hamstring strain.
  • Probable Teams

    TownMK Dons
    G1Barnes
    D24Atkinson
    D6Fenton
    D3Newey
    M2Clarke
    M4Hunt
    M11Boshell
    M8Bolland
    M17Hegarty
    F19Jones
    F9North
    G12Gueret
    D19Regan
    D25Swailes
    D6O'Hanlon
    D2Stirling
    M11Dyer
    M20Navarro
    M32Hadfield
    M18Miles
    F10Cameron
    F23Johnson

    Subs

    TownMK Dons
    13Montgomery
    5Bennett
    8Till
    18Bore
    20Taylor
    3Lewington
    38Baldock
    9Bastians
    13Edds
    TBALivermore

    Head to Head

    Town's record against MK Dons is mainly against Wimbledon. The three fixtures since they moved to Milton Keynes have seen one victory and two defeats.

    P 21 W 8 D 7 L6 F38 A 35

    MK Dons Head-to-Head (28th on The Opposition Ladder)

    Last Meeting

    Grimsby 1 MK Dons 2 (Tue 06th November 2007)

    MK Dons convicing won the league tie at Stadium:MK earlier this season when Grimsby were probably in the worst form of the campaign.

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    Prediction

    Grimsby Town 1 MK Dons 1

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