Can City get back to winning ways? Mark Sellers looks ahead to this weekend’s match.
After Tuesday’s FA Cup disappointment against Arsenal it’s back to the league for the Tigers, and the rare occurrence of a traditional Saturday 3pm kick off.
There’s nothing traditional about the opponents though. MK Dons are a club younger than most of their fans, whose existence and league status only came about because of a shameful relocation. Even their owner now says, “I’m not proud of how football came to Milton Keynes.”
City visited “Stadium:MK” last October, and came away with three well earned points after a 0-2 win. The results have not been too favourable for The Franchise since then, and they currently sit one place, and one point above the relegation zone, with 36 points from 36 games.
Karl Robinson may bring in Alex Revell up front for their visit to the KC, but Carl Baker remains out through injury.
Steve Bruce will obviously make changes from the second string FA Cup side, though Powell and Maguire particularly impressed against Arsenal, and will have a decent argument for staying in the starting eleven. It will also be interesting to see if Bruce changes things upfront. The goals have dried up in recent weeks, so he may look at ways of increasing the firepower. The manager has no injury concerns with no players unavailable through injury or suspension.
City are strong favourites with the bookies, with the away win as long as 10/1.
Mark Sellers @mrmarksellers