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Midweek distractions will not help MK Dons against Derby

25 Sep | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
Midweek distractions will not help MK Dons against Derby

Paul Clement's improving side travel to Stadium:mk for Saturday's early kick-off and must fancy their chances of a third away win on the bounce

It hasn’t been a great week for MK Dons.

In fact, it hasn’t been a great season.

Eight games in and the club have suffered five league losses and gained a paltry seven points.

It is early days, of course, but one point above the relegation zone in 20th place is not where the Dons want to be.

But it is worth remembering that this is the club’s first-ever season in the Championship.

Conventional wisdom says that it is the most gruelling of all leagues, so perhaps they just need a little more time to find their feet.

That said, their form seems to be declining rather than improving.

After two wins in the opening three games of the season, the Dons are now winless in five and have lost four on the spin.

The last thing they needed was the midweek visit of a rampant Southampton in the Capital One Cup.

The 6-0 defeat was the first time the Milton Keynes side have ever conceded six in a single game.

Before the match, manager Karl Robinson claimed that he didn’t really care about the cup fixture and that all their focus was already on Derby County.

The Saturday lunchtime clash with the East Midlands team will prove just how true Robinson’s words were.

They will need to overcome tired legs and disheartened spirits if they’re to get their Championship campaign back on track. You can get odds of 11/4 for a home victory.

Derby, on the other hand, have plenty of cause for optimism.

After failing to win in their first five fixtures, the Rams won back-to-back league games and put in an encouraging performance – particularly in the second-half – against high-flying Burnley on Monday.

Although the match ended scoreless, it means they are unbeaten in three and have two consecutive clean sheets.

In fact, Paul Clement’s side have only conceded two or more goals on one occasion in the league this season.

Back Derby to keep a clean sheet at 6/4 or to win without conceding at 21/10.

And there are yet more reasons to be cheerful if you’re a County supporter.

Both of their victories have come on the road, so they will fancy their chances at Stadium mk.

It is likely that Chris Martin is the man who will make the difference.

Despite drawing a blank in his last two games, the striker has four goals this season and was their top scorer for the last two years (with 25 and 21 respectively).

Martin is 9/2 to score the first goal on Saturday.

The fixture is the first time that these two clubs have met and it could prove equally important for both.

If Derby win, they will feel like they have finally shaken off the malaise of last season’s disastrous finish – where the promise of Premier League football slipped so desperately from their grasp – and 2015/16’s slow start.

But if MK Dons emerge as victors, it will give them belief that they can remain in the Championship.

Fail to pick up any points, however, and they risk a long season of staring up at the teams above them.

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