EFL preview: MK Dons renew rivalries with AFC Wimbledon in grudge match

Paul Tisdale. Credit: PA

MK Dons will be hoping to get one over their fierce rivals AFC Wimbledon on Saturday lunchtime when the two clubs face each other in League One.

MK have already beaten AFC this season, winning the EFL Cup tie between the sides on penalties.

More than 7,000 tickets have already been sold for the clash at Stadium MK and that figure is expected to rise further before kick-off.

There has been no love lost between the clubs since the old Wimbledon FC went out of business in the early noughties, although on the pitch, MK have had the better of things - winning five of the eight meetings.

Callum Harriott is back at Colchester after a spell at Reading. Credit: PA

“It’s not ‘another game’. I know it means a lot to the supporters," MK manager Paul Tisdale said.

"I can’t say the players will try even harder because they always try their hardest.

"It’s not about how much we want to win, it’s about how we can win and that’s what we’re working on."

MK Dons v AFC Wimbledon, Sky Bet League One, Saturday 7 September, 12pm

Adam El-Abd has joined Stevenage. Credit: PA

Norwich City, Luton Town, Ipswich Town, Southend United and Peterborough United all have the weekend off due to international commitments, but Stevenage are among the teams in action in League Two.

They could hand a debut to centre-back Adam El-Abd for their game at Cheltenham Town, while Colchester United could include Callum Harriott in their squad for their home clash against Walsall after he re-joined the club earlier this week.

Elsewhere, Northampton Town visit Bradford City and Cambridge United host Forest Green Rovers.

Saturday's fixtures

  • MK Dons v AFC Wimbledon (League One)

  • Bradford City v Northampton Town (League Two)

  • Cambridge United v Forest Green Rovers (League Two)

  • Cheltenham Town v Stevenage (League Two)

  • Colchester United v Walsall (League Two)