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Posted Saturday, July 24th 2021

MansionBet Match Preview: MK Dons

City host MK Dons as the players get another chance for match minutes under the belt.

How to watch on Robins TV

Seventeen years after the club was founded, following Wimbledon FC’s controversial move from South London, MK Dons have played the majority of their football in League One, where they finished 13th last season.

The club enjoyed a double-winning season in 2007/08 when they won the League Two title and EFL Trophy, and in 2014/15 the Dons finished runners-up in League One to reach the Championship.

Their spell in the second tier was short-lived as they finished 23rd to suffer relegation back to League One at the first time of asking. The club were relegated to League Two for the 2018/19 campaign but bounced back to League One immediately in part thanks to former Robins striker Kieran Agard’s 22 goals, where they have continued to compete in the last two seasons.

And in 2020/21, the Dons boasted the best passing accuracy (83.3%) and possession (60.3%) stats according to WhoScored.com.

MK DONS PROFILE

Formed: 2004
Stadium: Stadium MK
Nickname: The Dons
Manager: Russell Martin
Finish last season: 13th, Sky Bet League One

Honours:

  • 2007/08 League Two
  • 2007/08 Football League Trophy
  • 2006/07 Berks & Bucks FA County Senior Cup
Chris Martin scored from the spot in Tuesday's 3-3 draw with Portsmouth

City's hard work on the training pitches has continued and with the new season edging closer, Nigel Pearson is seeing his players getting fitter by the day.

The games present the chance to earn minutes on the pitch and the players are closing in on 90 minutes after matches against Celtic and Portsmouth so far - the game with Pompey was an extended 120-minute match.

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📍 MATCH DETAILS 

Where: Robins High Performance Centre
When: Saturday, July 24th, 1.30pm KO
Competition: Pre-season friendly


🔁 ON THE MOVE

Scott Fraser v Bristol Rovers, 2020/21

With 14 goals and six assists, midfielder Scott Fraser played a key role in MK Dons’ 2020/21 campaign, before his move to Ipswich Town this summer. 

He made 50 appearances in all competitions which included seven Man of the Match displays with a league average match rating of 7.11 for the season, according to WhoScored.com.

The Dundee-born attacking midfielder was a free signing last summer, after a career which has included two seasons previously at Burton Albion and a loan spell with Airdrieonians having developed through the Dundee United Academy.

After just one season with the Dons, he signed a three-year deal with the Tractor Boys on July 14th.


⏮ MATCH REWIND...

MK Dons 0-2 Bristol CIty
20.02.2016
Championship
Stadium MK

Bristol City maintained their unbeaten history against MK Dons as a Jonathan Kodjia brace fired the Robins eight points clear of the Sky Bet Championship drop zone.

It was the 11th meeting between the clubs in the 12th season of the Dons’ existence, and a happy journey home for more than 2,000 travelling fans as City won at Stadium MK for the first time.

Kodjia broke the deadlock from close range right at the end of a tense first half and added his second on the hour with an excellent finish, as a makeshift City back four finished the game with a third clean sheet in their last four games.

This match would be Zak Vyner's debut at right-back, with the then 18-year-old replacing Mark Little who was sidelined by a groin injury and Luke Ayling missing due to a knee problem.

Highlights: MK Dons 0-2 Bristol City


🆚 HEAD TO HEAD

Stats based on the 2020/21 season...

Bristol City

Matches*: 52
Won: 19
Drew: 6
Lost: 27

Goals scored*: 57
Goals conceded*: 73

Championship position: 19th
Carabao Cup: Round Three
FA Cup: Round Five

Yellow cards*: 54
Red cards*: 3

Top goalscorer*: Nahki Wells 11
Most assists*: Antoine Semenyo 6
Best average rating (Opta): Tomas Kalas 6.95

Possession: 47.3%
Passing percentage: 70.5%
Tackle success percentage: 61.2%
Average aerial duels won: 24.4

*Stats available for all competitions

MK Dons

Matches*: 56
Won: 23
Drew: 13
Lost: 20

Goals scored*: 82
Goals conceded*: 72

League One position: 13th
Carabao Cup: Round One
FA Cup: Round Three
EFL Trophy: Quarter-final

Yellow cards: 87
Red cards: 0

Top goalscorer*: Scott Fraser 14
Most assists: Scott Fraser 6
Best average rating (Opta): Scott Fraser 7.11

Possession: 60.3%
Passing percentage: 83.3%
Tackle success percentage: 73.2%
Average aerial duels won: 15.4

*Stats available for all competitions


🎥 Robins TV

The match will be streamed live on Robins TV and coverage starts at 1pm, with build-up to the game against Russell Martin's men.

Individual Robins TV Passes for City v MK Dons are available at just £10.

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