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Preview | MK Dons v Gillingham

Gills make the journey up the M1 to take on MK Dons this weekend.

16 October 2020

Kyle Dempsey and Tom O'Connor in the frame for selection at Stadium MK.

MK Dons v Gillingham

Sky Bet League One

Stadium MK

Saturday October 17

Kick-Off, 1pm

Team News:

There are no new injury concerns for Steve Evans’ side, and he may well be able to call on club captain Kyle Dempsey who has trained all week following his injury.  

Tom O’Connor is back from international duty with Ireland, and Stuart O’Keefe had successful surgery on his ankle, however he is likely to miss the remainder of the campaign.

Cameron Jerome may start against the Gills having featured against Portsmouth last Saturday for MK Dons.

Ben Gladwin and Kieran Agard will both miss the game as they continue to recover from injuries. Regan Poole and Daniel Harvie could feature, but Warren O’Hora and Joe Mason will require late fitness tests to see if they are fit to play.

 

Manager Comments:

Steve Evans - "MK Dons are full of talented players. It's about what we do though.

"We know if we get the service right and we defend properly then we have a chance of winning football matches.

"We have to have a plan. We have a motivated group, they have a chemistry that works.

"In Football you have to find a way to win matches, and that's what we did Saturday. In spells against Oxford we were not at it but we still created chances and their keeper was forced to make some good saves."

Russell Martin - “We’ve not won yet, I understand that, but as a neutral, if you watched our games then you wouldn’t think we are bottom of the table.

“Fundamentally and tactically, we’re in the right place – that’s backed up by every stat that is going. We’ve just not converted enough of our chances and we’ve not defended our box well enough. We have to defend certain situations well enough and be more ruthless.

“The players are all so frustrated. They feel they’ve let themselves down because they played so well and dominated, but not picked up results. But I trust all the players and staff to deliver.”

 

Previous Meetings:

21/12/2019 - Gillingham 3-1 MK Dons- Sky Bet League One

29/03/2018 - Gillingham 1-2 MK Dons- Sky Bet League One

19/08/2017 - MK Dons 1-0 Gillingham- Sky Bet League One

01/04/2017 - MK Dons 3-2 Gillingham- Sky Bet League One

17/12/2016 - Gillingham 1-0 MK Dons- Sky Bet League One

The last meeting between the sides came at the MEMS Priestfield Stadium last season as the Gills beat MK Dons 3-1. Mikael Mandron, Brandon Hanlan and Max Ehmer were all on the score sheet that day.

The last victory at the Stadium MK came in 2014 as Craig Fagan’s goal shortly after half-time proved to be the winner for Peter Taylor’s men, the game ending 0-1.

The sides have met on 18 occasions in all competitions and both share seven wins each whilst there have been four draws.

Odds:

MK Dons – 5/4

Draw - 23/10

Gillingham win - 2/1

Special Bet: Dominic Samuel to score first and Gillingham to win 2-1- 40/1.

 

Match Officials:

Referee: Neil Hair

Assistants: Geoffrey Russell and David Hunt

Fourth Official: Matthew Lee

 

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