Fri 24 Jun 16
This weekend we make the long trip to our capital city to face newly promoted AFC Wimbledon. The season started as many may have predicted with the Dons defeated in their first three league games but since then they have bucked the bookies expectations by losing only once in their last five games in League One. Their last game was an away win at promotion hopefuls Charlton so confidence may well be high for our hosts this weekend.
Head to head
There haven't been too many games between us because technically Wimbledon are a new club. We last played in 2014/5 season with the Dons holding us at their place and Town winning 2-0 in Feb 2015.
Twenty-three year old Dominic Poleon joined the Dons from Oldham during close season and has scored three times in the league and twice in the Football League Trophy. He started his career with Leeds United but was released after a couple of loan spells with Bury and Sheffield Wednesday. His career so far has seen him make 50 league starts and 60 substitute appearances, scoring 16 times.
Wimbledon have won 25% of their home games so far this season giving them an average of 0.75 points per home game.
So far this season the Dons have kept one clean sheet in League One which was in a 0-0 draw at Northampton. They have kept one clean sheet which was in a 3-0 win against Swansea u23 in the FL Trophy.
They have scored an average of 1.5 goals in their home games so far this season but have conceded an average of two.
In each of their home League games this season there have been a minimum of three goals scored.
Wimbledon- Manager Neil Ardley has stated this week that rotation will be a feature of his team selection. Defender George Francomb will be missing after needing stitches in his gum following a facial injury last weekend. Midfielder Jake Reeves will be assessed nearer to the game after an illness this week.
Town- Ivan Toney and Joe Riley return from injury, while Captain Adam El-Abd is back from suspension. Micky Mellon is waiting on the condition of one player but as yet, no names have been mentioned.
As has been mentioned earlier, Wimbledon are in good form and having beaten fancied Charlton last weekend they should be confident. We have an old friend playing for the Dons in Tyrone Barnett who helped us into this division for which I'm thankful but I hope he has a stinker this weekend as there is nothing worse than an ex-player scoring against you! Both teams have let in a fair few goals this season so far, so it's anybody's guess as to how the game will go. I can see us winning with some key players returning from suspension/injury and chomping at the bit and my predictions are always in hope rather than expectation.
AFC Wimbledon 1-2 Shrewsbury Town
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