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Match Preview: Bury vs MK Dons

11 January 2019

Saturday sees third-placed Bury entertain second-placed MK Dons, with just the one point separating the two sides.

Bury are the best-ranked attacking team in the league with forty-nine goals scored, and they will face-off against the best defensive side in MK Dons, who have conceded just 19. With this in mind, Saturday's top of the table clash could see some interesting match-ups all over the pitch.

The travelling side will be without striker Rhys Healey who has bagged nine goals so far this campaign after he returned to parent club Cardiff City following the expiry of his loan deal. Paul Tisdale still has the likes of Lawson D'ath and Osman Sow to call upon for Saturday's clash.

Two former Dons players in Nicky Maynard and Jay O'Shea will be looking to get revenge on their former club as they fell to a harsh, late defeat at Stadium: MK earlier in the season.

The pair have a combined twenty-one goals so far this campaign, and should they fire the Shakers to a fourteenth win of the season, they will leapfrog this weekend's opponents and go up to second in the table.

Ryan Lowe was under no illusions that it will be easy for his team to keep up their excellent form of late: "We're confident, but we're not arrogant. We are in a good position, we know that, the lads know that but the hard work is staying there [automatic promotion places].

"I've addressed that and made sure the lads know that, we're not getting too carried away. It's about kicking on and staying there."

Despite Saturday being second vs third in Sky Bet League Two, former MK Dons striker Lowe believes that the game isn't more important than any other: "We don't worry too much about the opposition, we do little bits and bobs but it's always about us.

"We go about our business the right way, we've scored plenty of goals; it's just another game for us."

 

MK Dons' View

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Last Time Out

 

Match Coverage

Domestic iFollow subscribers can listen to live commentary of Saturday's game by signing into their account and visiting the match centre.

Overseas subscribers can watch the match live by following the same instructions. We will also have updates over on our Twitter account: @buryfcofficial. There will be post-match reaction on the website, iFollow and our official YouTube channel, with highlights to follow.

 

Referee

Peter Bankes will take charge of his 24th game this weekend when the Shakers entertain MK Dons. So far, he has brandished one hundred and one yellow cards and three red ones. He gave out a total of twelve yellow cards when Brentford hosted Nottingham Forest in September. The Rotherham and Derby fixture he officiated saw him dish out eight yellows and a red.

Bankes is yet to take charge of a Sky Bet League Two game this season, with the majority of his games taking place in the Championship, so this will be his first time overseeing a game involving either Bury or MK Dons.

 

We've Met Before

Since MK Dons formed in 2004, the Shakers have gone head-to-head with them on thirteen occasions. Bury have won twice, whilst MK Dons have been the victors eight times. The sides have drawn on three occasions.

The first meeting between Bury and MK Dons was at the National Hockey Stadium in 2006 when the Shakers lost 2-1. The most recent win for Ryan Lowe's side came in an away game in 2016, when a James Vaughan brace saw the Shakers to a 3-1 victory at Stadium:MK.

 

Form Guide

The form guide table for the last ten games sees Bury sit third. They have won six of the games, whilst drawing two and racking up twenty points. The Shakers have hit the back of the net twenty-one times in this period, conceding ten.

In contrast, MK Dons sit ninth, winning five, drawing twice and losing on three occasions. This leaves them on seventeen points. Over that time, they have scored twenty-two times and conceded ten.


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