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It’s a jam-packed Easter schedule in League One and the pick of the third-tier action is over at Stadium MK as second hosts fifth in a clash that has huge ramifications in the automatic promotion and play-off pictures.
MK Dons are firmly in the top-two picture and just won’t get off the coattails of Wigan and Rotherham, with their 15-match unbeaten run giving them more than half a chance of going up automatically.
Wednesday, meanwhile, have recovered from a slight mid-season wobble to get themselves fifth in the League One table, but they still have plenty of work to do to secure a top-six place, with the likes of Wycombe and Oxford snapping at their heels.
It’s a huge game for both sides, so read on for our full match preview and expert football betting tips ahead of MK Dons v Sheffield Wednesday.
First thing’s first, let’s take a look at the recent form of the two sides and there’s very little to separate them.
It’s just one defeat in eight at home for MK Dons, but their defensive record isn’t completely unblemished, and they’ve kept just three clean sheets in that run.
Wednesday are slowly picking up their results away from home, but just two wins and a couple of clean sheets from their last eight doesn’t inspire a great deal of confidence ahead of a trip to the division’s form side.
But the Owls have only failed to find the net once in their last half-dozen away trips, so we fancy them to get on the scoresheet in Buckinghamshire.
And from Wednesday’s six away wins in League One, two of them have come against the other sides currently occupying the top three positions in the division, so we reckon a draw is the way to go here, and when you combine it with both teams scoring, it looks like a good bet at 18/5 (888sport) as well with the best sports betting sites.
MK Dons were certainly not amongst the most fancied sides heading into the new League One campaign, but they’ve been solid from day one, before kicking on in the New Year with a superb run of results.
Their four defeats at home means they’re up there with the best in the division on home soil, but it’s in fact their away record of just three defeats in 21 that has taken them to the dizzy heights of second in the league.
Most of their games tend to be tight, with only three games of their 15-match unbeaten sequence seeing them win by more than one goal. It’s likely to be another close match-up this weekend, but considering the form they’re in, it’s hard to see Liam Manning’s side getting beat by anyone.
Manning has no injury concerns, although Josh McEachran and Conor Coventry are both one booking away from a suspension.
Sheffield Wednesday have recovered well from their relegation from the Championship on the final day of last season, and boss Darren Moore has made them one of the toughest sides to beat in the league.
Only one side has lost fewer than Wednesday’s six defeats in the last 31 matchdays, while their record at Hillsborough is unrivalled amongst their peers. On home soil, they’ve lost just twice this season and are the second-highest scorers in the third division.
Their away record isn’t terrible but is nothing to get excited about either and no side has drawn more than their eight stalemates on the road this season, so it’s no surprise that we expect them to get something from their trip to Milton Keynes, but not quite everything.
Josh Windass suffered a setback in his recovery from injury and will miss this one, but Lewis Gibson could return from a muscular problem.
There isn’t a great deal of history between these two, with only eleven competitive meetings taking place.
The first was a 1-1 draw in 2004 and the stalemate accounts for 50% of the results in this fixture, but Wednesday edge it in the wins column with three over MK Dons’ two successes.
League One is home to some big stadia and Stadium MK is the third largest in the division, with a capacity of 30,500.
It’s also one of the fresher stadiums in the division, having opened in 2007, and had England been successful in its bid to host the 2018 World Cup, this would’ve been one of the tournament venues.
MK Dons may be on a fabulous unbeaten run, but their defensive record in recent weeks gives their visitors a chance this weekend, and with the draw being a popular result in the history of this fixture, we’re edging towards that once again on Saturday.