League One: Preston v MK Dons Preview
With no Premier League or Championship fixtures this weekend because of World Cup qualifying games it’s the turn of League One to take the spotlight.
Preston welcome Milton Keynes Dons to Deepdale for an early 1.15pm kick off in front of Sky cameras. The Lilywhites are recovering from a disruptive season when the club finished 15th and Phil Brown made way for Graham Westley in the manager’s seat. Preston are currently tenth in the league table and could go above the Dons into seventh place with victory in front of their home supporters.
Preston have a good home record and have lost only once in the league this season, slipping 2-1 to title contenders Crawley. Yet the visitors have been made slight favourites by the bookmakers with BetVictor going 17/10 for Milton Keynes Dons to win and 9/5 Preston. SkyBet is offering 12/5 for the draw.
MK Dons are pushing for promotion to the Championship and a win at Deepdale will see Karl Robinson’s side jump four places into third. The Dons have only won once away from home this season, beating bottom side Bury 4-1 last month.
Matt Le Tissier says: “The Preston v MK Dons is a hard game to call. Preston have blown hot and cold all season and at their best are very hard to beat, especially at home. The Dons are stubborn opponents though and it should be a tight encounter. The 7/10 with William Hill for both teams to score looks nailed on.”
Westley rested most of his first team for the midweek trip to Morecambe in the Johnstones’ Paint Trophy. Leading scorer Akpo Sodje was brought on late in the game and scored twice to help the Whites gain a 4-2 win. Sodje is expected to start today and could be the dangerman for Preston, bet365 is offering 7/1 for Sodje to score the first goal.
Robinson has defensive problems and will be without the injured Gary MacKenzie and suspended Anthony Kay. Mathias Doumbe could be called upon to make his first appearance of the season for the Dons.