Match Preview: MK Dons

The waiting is almost over. Excited yet? Here are some facts and figures to consider for Saturday.

Past Meetings
Leicester have yet to play MK Dons under their new name. In their last meeting the Dons were still known as Wimbledon and crashed to a 4-0 defeat at the Walkers thanks to goals from Trevor Benjamin and a hat-trick from, you guessed it, Paul Dickov. (Funny how these things work out isn’t it?)

The last time City were beaten at home by the MK Dons/Wimbledon came on a dank November evening in front of the Sky TV cameras. Marcus Gayle’s solitary strike meant the Dons took all three points in what might well have been the worst game of professional football in 1997. Later that season Wimbledon completed the double over the Foxes with a 2-1 win at Selhurst Park – it was their last victory over City.

Saturday’s meeting will be only the 17th between the two sides. City have won seven, the Dons six and there have been three draws (including 2 which took City to Wembley in the Coca-Cola Cup).

Reasons To Be Confident
This may by Nigel Pearson’s first game as manager at Leicester City, but Roberto Di Matteo has never managed a competitive match before. There’s no doubt both clubs have taken gambles on their bosses, but you’d have to say the MK Don’s have taken the bigger risk.

Paul Dickov is back. If Dickov is in the starting line-up Leicester will be imminently more dangerous. Dickov had the best goals/game ratio of his career at Leicester and there’s still life in his legs. Dickov’s short spell at Blackpool last season (six goals in seven starts) is more than enough evidence he still knows where the net is.

Lloyd Dyer was 3rd top scorer at MK Dons last season, just two off top spot with 11 goals. Now he’ll be aiming for his former club.

Reasons To Be Worried
Leicester haven’t won on the opening day of the season since 2002/03 when they beat Watford 2-0. Amazingly, MK Dons haven’t started the season away from home since the 1999/00 season. They began that campaign with a 3-2 win at…Watford.

MK Dons took 17 more points away from home than at stadium:mk last season. They lost just twice on their travels in League Two.

The MK Dons scored first in 76% on their matches last season. Leicester won just 8 points from losing positions in all of 2007/08.

Selected Odds
Leicester – 10/11 (Totesport)
Draw – 12/5 (Boylesports)
MK Dons – 7/2 (VC Bet)

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