MK Dons Vs Oldham preview: Latics face the impossible – on paper

Mathias Doumbe's fantastic long-range strike finds the back of the net as Dons thumped Oldham 5-0 at stadium:mk last season.
Mathias Doumbe's fantastic long-range strike finds the back of the net as Dons thumped Oldham 5-0 at stadium:mk last season.

TO say that Oldham Athletic haven’t fared particularly well at stadium:mk in recent times would be something of an understatement, but that could mean they’re due a bit of luck this Saturday.

Two of the Latics’ last four trips to Milton Keynes have resulted in a good beating for the Lancashire side – a 5-0 thrashing last season and 6-2 defeat three years ago – and the other two brought 0-0 draws.

John Sheridan lost his job after that 6-2 humiliation in March 2009 when Ali Gerba, Aaron Wilbraham, Alan Navarro, Jason Puncheon and Sam Baldock (2) got the goals.

Oldham did get the better of Dons in a 2-1 Boundary Park success last season, but few would be willing to put their money on a surprise away win this Saturday, with Paul Dickov’s men as big as 9/2 outsiders with some bookies.

Oldham will go into the game with some winning form behind them, albeit against the likes of Mossley, York City and Fleetwood Town in pre-season friendly games. Although they did also record a 2-1 victory against a Manchester City XI and held Huddersfield Town to a 0-0 draw.

They were knocked out of the League Cup with a 4-2 home defeat to Sheffield Wednesday on Monday night, having led 2-0 at half time.

Boss Dickov said this week: “I went to watch MK Dons play at Cheltenham and we all know how Karl Robinson likes his teams to play.

“It will be a different test for us. We look to approach the game in a similar way to the Sheffield Wednesday match — but we will look to carry it out for the full 90 minutes.”

Robinson said ahead of the game: “I know my team, it has been picked, but the players won’t know it until Friday. Some won’t be happy, some will be happy, but then it’s ultimately about us achieving our goal together.

“They know we’ve got a great squad this season.”