Football: League One Midweek Previews – MK Dons and Doncaster Rovers

August 21, 2012
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League One midweek action could include wins for Doncaster and MK Dons

Again a quick eye on the three teams relegated from the Npower Championship will demonstrate just one win for those sides in the opening weekends games. That went the way of Doncaster who also managed the feat on the road, travelling to Wallsall and completing a comfortable 0-3 reverse. They face Bury who couldn’t score in a 0-0 draw on Saturday at home to Brentford. First bet of the season in League one then: Doncaster HOME WIN at 1.85. The two sides have not met since 2004 in the league when Doncaster run out 3-1 winners, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a similar scoreline on Tuesday night.

Bournemouth managed to save a point at Fratton Park versus Portsmouth on Saturday, and they face another tough task on Tuesday with Milton Keynes Dons visiting Dean Court, or The Seward Stadium as it officially known now. Mk Dons will once again be many punters favourites for promotion to the Championship this season and they got off to a perfect start with a 2-0 win against Oldham on Saturday. Bournemouth can be a good side at home and will look to continue this season where they left off last with wins against promoted Huddersfield and a final day victory versus Preston North End. The MK Dons are not bad away from home themselves, not having been on the losing side of a game since St Valentines Day this year, when going down 2-1 to Charlton at the Valley. Interestingly, they followed that match with a trip to Bournemouth where they ran out winners by a single goal on the day. These two sides seem to get better results when playing at each others venues. Bournemouth have hosted this match five times previously winning twice to MK Dons three victories. There has yet to be a draw between the sides here. With Bournemouth suffering stuttering home form from March onwards last season (except the Huddersfield game) it may pay to side with the Dons. Take into consideration though that Karl Robinson does have some defensive issues with limited options following Anthony Kay’s suspension after a sending off in the game against Oldham and that may contribute to their price. Bournemouth were less than impressive at a makeshift Portsmouth though and had to rely on Southampton loanee Lee Barnard to get the equaliser late on. The Dons are 6/1 only behind favourite Sheffield United to lift the League One trophy and they can make is six from six points on the South Coast on Tuesday night. Milton Keynes Dons AWAY WIN @ 7/4

Bournemouth held Portsmouth to a draw at Fratton park on Saturday as already mentioned, and they now face a trip east to Colchester United on Tuesday where the home side have lost just one league fixture since the turn of the year (to Chesterfield). Since then, the U’s have won 3 and drawn 6 of their nine home fixtures. Manager John Ward will name an unchanged side to that which travelled to Preston on Saturday and saw out a goalless draw. The Essex side failed to score at home only twice last term, which would lead us to think they can net again against a very much understrength Portsmouth outfit. Additionally it’s worth noting that the home side managed only four clean sheets in front of their owns fans too! Portsmouth are once again a big price to emerge with three points but even 7/2 can’t tempt me in. Given the show of fighting spirit since the new loan players have arrived, there is a cause to fight, in what could conceivably be one of the clubs last ever games, unless a rescue package is found at the eleventh hour. With Colchester’s number of home draws and lack of clean sheets this calendar year and the price of the draw a shade under 3/1 at bet365 (14/5), another point-a-piece for this pair looks the value in the 1×2.

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