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🧐 The Opposition: MK Dons

We take an in-depth look at MK Dons ahead of Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two clash with Paul Tisdale’s men

24 January 2019

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MK Dons manager Paul Tisdale

Grimsby Town welcome fifth-placed MK Dons to Blundell Park in Sky Bet League Two on Saturday (3pm).

Michael Jolley’s side look to earn their first points of 2019 as they play host to Paul Tisdale’s side for the second time this season.

Town came from behind to record an impressive 3-1 win over MK Dons in the Emirates FA Cup first round back in November, and the Mariners will be hoping for a similar performance this weekend.

But Tisdale’s men suffered their second straight league defeat last time out – losing 1-0 at home to Crewe Alexandra – and they will be hoping to return to winning ways at Blundell Park on Saturday.

Last five league results

Grimsby Town: W, L, L, L, L

MK Dons: L, D, W, L, L

One to watch: Chuks Aneke

The striker is MK Dons’ joint-top goalscorer this season, alongside Kieran Agard, with 13 goals in 22 appearances in all competitions.

The 25-year-old is without a goal in his last two appearances, but scored in three consecutive games before that.

Aneke, who came through the ranks at Premier League side Arsenal, scored eight goals in his first 10 games in all competitions this season.

And he will be searching for his 25th career league goal for MK Dons on Saturday, having joined from Belgian outfit Zulte Waregem in 2016.

Last starting XI

Tisdale went with a 3-4-3 formation as MK Dons lost to Crewe last time out, with Lee Nicholls in goal and a back three of Joe Walsh, Jordan Moore-Taylor, and Baily Cargill.

Conor McGrandles, Alex Gilbey, Jordan Houghton, and Dean Lewington made up the midfield four, with Kieran Agard, Chuks Aneke, and Peter Pawlett up front.

Last time out: Grimsby Town 3-1 MK Dons

The Mariners put in an excellent performance to knock MK Dons out of the first round of the Emirates FA Cup at Blundell Park earlier this season.

Elliot Embleton, Wes Thomas, and Charles Vernam got on the scoresheet to complete a second-half comeback for the Mariners, after Kieran Agard’s first-half strike.

And the two sides drew 1-1 at Stadium MK in Sky Bet League Two back in August, with Jordan Cook putting the Mariners ahead in the first half before Robbie Simpson equalised immediately after the break for Tisdale’s side.

What are your predictions for Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two clash with MK Dons? Tweet us at @OfficialGTFC!

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