PREVIEW: MK Dons v Stevenage
Dons set to lose Sam Baldock ahead of Boro visit
MK Dons v Stevenage
Saturday, August 27 – 3pm
Address: stadium:mk, Stadium Way, Milton Keynes, Bucks
Postcode: MK1 1ST
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Manager: Karl Robinson
Current league position: 1st
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Season so far
MK Dons were hoping to go one better after losing out to Peterborough United in last season’s play-offs, and a strong start to this year’s campaign suggests they will be there or thereabouts come the end of the season.
Lauded for their style of play under rookie boss Karl Robinson, the Dons currently sit top of npower League 1 thanks in part to a 6-2 thrashing of Chesterfield last weekend.
Add to that a 4-0 win at Norwich City in the Carling Cup midweek and the Dons are certainly in the goals but that will not daunt a Stevenage side who faced a similar task at AFC Bournemouth a week ago before coming away with a 3-1 win.
Boro are still unbeaten this season following their draw with Hartlepool last weekend, and a free week without cup commitments could help them pull off a result at stadium:mk.
Last time they met
The two sides met last season in the FA Cup with Boro running out 7-6 victors on penalties in a first round replay. Earlier Darius Charles’ late goal had cancelled out a Lewis Guy effort.
MK Dons, it seems, have agreed to sell Sam Baldock to West Ham United who have beaten off competition from Southampton to his signature. According to reports Baldock, the current League 1 top scorer, is undergoing a medical at West Ham this afternoon and is likely to sign today for around �2m.
Boro boss Graham Westley is likely to keep faith with Jon Ashton despite the centre-back’s error prone start to the new season which has seen him concede two penalties in four matches and as good as hand Bournemouth their goal on a platter a fortnight ago.
John Mousinho is likely to retain his place in central midfield while Jennison Myrie-Williams could push for a starting place on the left of midfield.