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AFC Wimbledon Preview

23 March 2018

Match Previews

AFC Wimbledon Preview

23 March 2018

Marcus Braddock previews AFC Wimbled

After Tuesday's eventful 1-1 draw at Northampton, Shrewsbury Town return to Montgomery Waters Meadow to take on 19th placed Wimbledon. Although the Dons currently occupy a lowly position in League One, their form has been pretty good of late. They've suffered just one defeat in their last five games and that was against league leaders Blackburn but they're still too close to the relegation spots for comfort. Just behind the Wombles are Northampton and Oldham, both of whom are just a win away from leap-frogging them, so there is plenty of motivation for the Dons and with changes required in midfield for Paul Hurst, they'll be hoping to punish any uncertainty from the home team.

Top Scorer
Last season's top scorer Lyle Taylor is also this season's top scorer so far with twelve league goals and four in the cups. He started his footballing life as a trainee with Millwall and in total he's played for ten clubs which seems a lot for a 27-year-old but many were loan spells. He's been with the Dons since 2015 when he made the move from Scunthorpe and since then he's scored 42 times in 122 league appearances (15 sub appearances).

Adedeji Oshilaja 5.
Lyle Taylor 5.
Harry Forrester 3.

Clean Sheets
Ten. Five at home and five away.

Away stats
Wimbledon score 61% of their goals in the second half but also concede 54%.
Their best segment of the game is the middle fifteen minutes of the second half during which they've scored six times.
Their poorest segment is the last fifteen minutes of the second half, during which they've conceded five this season.
The Dons have scored an average of 0.95 goals in away games and have conceded 1.3.

Darren Drysdale from Lincolnshire. Games this season: 38. Yellow cards: 108. Red cards: 5.
Assistants: Ravel Cheosiaua and Alan Clayton.
Fourth Official: Lisa Rashid.

Team News
Abu Ogogo will be missing for the next four League One games after his red card on Tuesday. Injuries mean that Ben Godfrey will also be missing, as will James Bolton. Dean Henderson will be on international duty.
Cody McDonald wont feature because of a metatarsal injury.

This weekend we're missing four quite influential players, five if you include Junior Brown, so we're going to see changes in personnel and possibly in formation. I'm sure Wimbledon will be keen to test our resolve in the face of change but we've absorbed the loss of players this season and kept performing and I think we can do that again. Much will depend upon how well we deal with Lyle Taylor, the 27 year old has been extremely productive this season and has scored three times in his last three away games. If we can do that then our current unbeaten run in League one will be extended to six games with eight to play.

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