MATCH PREVIEW:Wednesday -v- Milton Keynes Dons

Momentum has stalled for Wednesday,can they get back to winning ways against the Dons in a huge game for both sides?

The Owls didn’t put Ipswich away and got punished for it, can they record a much needed three points to go a long way toward extending their season or will MK Dons keep their survival hopes alive?

Last game Opposition Result Shots On target Corners Cards Fouls Possession
WEDNESDAY Ipswich (H) D 1-1 18 6 7 1 4 53%
MK DONS Preston (A) D 1-1 10 3 9 2 11 55%

Wednesday were punished by Andre Dozzell as they failed to capitalise on the numerous chances they created, Bannan had a great chance to win it but shot straight at Bialkowski in the Ipswich goal as the Owls kept their five point lead over Cardiff intact and effectively killed Ipswich’s play off hopes.

MK Dons would have been delighted with a point in most other circumstances after seeing goalkeeper Cody Cropper sent off with the scores level and with no substitutes left, Alex Revell had to don the gloves, he held out with help from the defence but a Dons loss tomorrow will effectively seal their return to League One.

Last five games Ipswich(h) Bristol C(a) Blackburn(h) Huddersfield(a) Charlton(h)
WEDNESDAY D 1-1 L 4-1 W 2-1 W 1-0 W 3-0
Last five games Preston(a) Rotherham(h) Wolves(h) Fulham(a) Brighton(h)
MK DONS D 1-1 L 4-0 L 2-1 L 2-1 L 2-1

Wednesday have had lady luck smile on them for the last two games as despite gaining one point out of a possible six, Cardiff have failed to take advantage of the Owls’ slip up. Wednesday can go a long way toward securing a post season berth with a win and the sooner they do so perhaps the better it will be especially for us fans! One stat that has done the rounds is the Owls have struggled against the bottom six but the Owls have claimed 22 out of the 33 available against those teams that currently dwell there.

MK Dons have lost form at the worst possible time winning just once in their last eleven fixtures, a home capitulation to Rotherham made their hopes of survival very slim and an instant return to League One could be confirmed tomorrow night should the Owls win and if Fulham and Rotherham avoid defeat.

HEAD 2 HEAD WEDNESDAY WINS MK DONS WINS DRAWS
2 2 5

LAST MEETING: 15th December 2015,Stadium MK,Att – 11,422

Milton Keynes Dons 2-1 Wednesday

(C.Baker 25,N.Maynard 50)(G.Hooper 77)

MK Dons recorded their first ever league victory over Wednesday last time out as the Owls had an off night in Buckinghamshire.

The Owls did record victory in the last Hillsborough league encounter back in 2011 with the other victory over the Dons coming in November 2010 in the midst of a turbulent time for the Owls with them having been to court just days before over a winding up order, the Owls turned on the style and won 4-1 – Neil Mellor netting a hat-trick as the Owls made many fans happy that day.

CARVALHAL’S COHORTS

The biggest news of today is Carlos Carvalhal signing a contract extension, the club haven’t disclosed the exact length of the deal but it means Carlos is staying beyond the end of the season along with his back room staff.

Joe Bennett is sidelined for this one after sustaining an injury in training, Jeremy Helan is eligible to be recalled if need be.

CC has hinted that Sam Hutchinson could play a part in this one along with Gary Hooper and Aiden McGeady.

MK Dons have appealed Cody Cropper’s red card, with David Martin unavailable, untested youngster Charlie Burns could play in goal

WESTWOOD

HUNT

HUNT

LOOVENS

LOOVENS

LEES

LEES

PUDIL

PUDIL

WALLACE

WALLACE

LEE

LEE

HUTCHINSON

HUTCHINSON

BANNAN

BANNAN

FORESTIERI

FORESTIERI

HOOPER

HOOPER

KEY PLAYERS

Glenn Loovens ability to marshal the defence was sorely missed against Bristol City and he’ll be as disappointed as anyone in the goal conceded against Ipswich, in the recent streak of clean sheets, he and Tom Lees were at the heart of it but solidity needs to be maintained in this final run of games.

Darren Potter is likely to add another relegation to his list of honours as he’s been one of a few regulars in this MK side. if Kieran Lee and company can neutralise him in the midfield, the Owls should be able to control the tempo of the game.

THE BETTING BOX: 5 OF THE BEST

BET Wednesday WIN MK Dons WIN DRAW Loovens 1st Goal Correct Score 2-1
BEST ODDS 8/15 7/1 18/5 33/1 17/2
BOOKIES Bookies Badge Totesport BetVictor-logo BetVictor-logo Bookies Badge Hills BetVictor-logo

HERE COMES D-JUDGE

The pressure is on and it’s time for us to show our mental toughness, Ipswich and Bristol City were setbacks but we haven’t been punished. We can’t rely on other teams failing though, it is on us to make it happen ourselves and it’s something we’re more than capable of doing.

MK Dons are fighting for their lives and we have to fight too, no complacency here, we have to go out and show the difference in class for all to see. The tables don’t lie, we’re 6th for a reason, they’re 22nd for a reason. I could spout out all the cliches but at the end of the day if we approach this with intensity and intelligence aligned to clinical finishing from our chances we should do the business here.

We have our chance here to go a long way to securing our status in the play offs, let’s not waste that opportunity.

VERDICT: A nervous Hillsborough crowd will be placated by a 2-1 win.


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