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PREVIEW: MILTON KEYNES DONS (A)

7 April 2015

United make the trip south to Milton Keynes on Tuesday night, where they will be looking to build on Good Friday’s convincing home victory over Peterborough.

Mark Robins’ team shone for the full 90 minutes at Glanford Park in their last fixture less than a week ago, with Paddy Madden and Theo Robinson notching the goals to secure an important 2-0 win.

MK Dons were live on Sky Sports on Saturday lunch time when they faced fellow promotion hopefuls in Swindon Town. A classy 3-0 win at the County Ground proved a fantastic result for the Dons, as they continued to crank up the pressure on Preston and Bristol City.

After a run of mixed fortunes through February and the first half of March, three wins on the bounce puts Karl Robinson’s team in good stead as they look to cement their play-off spot in the top six.

Midfield starlet Dele Alli has been out injured since February 17th, but returned to action on Saturday afternoon with the tricky teenager proving a big miss for MK.

His creative nature is a constant pain for any opposition side, but his boots have been fairly well filled by another England youth international in the form of Lewis Baker, with the Chelsea loanee grabbing two goals from his last five games in the white of the Dons.

Mark Robins has a few injury concerns to dwell over as he gathers his troops for the difficult away trip.

Liam O’Neil picked up an injury in training which caused him to be absent against the Posh, while Sam Slocombe returned to full training during the week as he continues to push towards a return to the side, however the game may come a little too soon for the shot-stopper.

Although the pair may be unavailable for selection for the Iron, centre-half Niall Canavan, who came off during the Peterborough game with a head injury, has successfully came through a precautionary CT scan and health wise he’s okay. He will be assessed before the 7.45pm kick-off.

Midfielder Dave Syers took his first steps back in to league football when he came off the bench to get some much-needed minutes under his belt last Friday, with his appearance delighting many in the stands after his length lay-off.

The reverse fixture produced a 1-1 draw back in late January, when a Kyle McFadzean header earned the visitors a share of the spoils after Tom Hopper broke the deadlock.

Out of a total of 22 matches played between the two sides, the Dons have a slightly better record, winning seven times compared to the Iron’s six, with nine draws played out.

Ahead of the game, see our article on the matchday officials, as well as the betting preview, picking the best odds from the league’s official sponsor, Sky Bet.

If you cannot make it to Stadium:mk to see if the Iron can gain three vital points to climb up the Sky Bet League One table, keep track of the action by tuning into the club’s official social media channels or the official website, with live updates available from kick-off.

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