Form, odds and stats ahead of MK Dons' trip to Shrewsbury Town
It looked unlikely a few weeks ago, but MK Dons could jump Shrewsbury Town in the League One table on Saturday with a win at Greenhaus Meadow.
Sam Ricketts' side sit 16th on 34 points, with Dons a further three back and with two goals difference between them, even a single-goal win for Russell Martin's side would see them climb above the Shrews.
Though Dons' home form has been excellent recently, helping drag them nine points clear of the relegation zone, it has been form on the road which has been their downfall. Still without a win since September, Saturday represents one of their best opportunities to do so, with Shrewsbury having won just one game in their last 11 - and that one came in the FA Cup. They are also 19th in terms of home form, with 19 points from a possible 36.
Dons also hold the edge over their opponents. Having snatched a stoppage time winner in their first game of the season this term, Dons have won five of the last seven meetings between the sides. Shrewsbury need to look back nearly seven years to March 2013 for Shrewsbury's last win. In 15 meetings, Dons have won seven, with Shrewsbury just three - though one of those was the League Two play-off semi-final at the National Hockey Stadium in 2007 which sent them to Wembley instead of Martin Allen's side.
There are two former MK Dons loanees in the Shrewsbury squad: Ethan Ebanks-Landell made 35 appearances during the 2017/18 season, most of them alongside Scott Golbourne, who made 27 in the same season. Dons were relegated to League Two that year.
Referee Peter Wright takes charge of the game - his 24th of the season. He's booked 71 this season, sending off just three. He oversaw three of Shrewsbury's Leasing.com Trophy games this season, while Dons last saw him in the enthralling 3-2 win over Carlisle at Brunton Park last season. Andrew Hendley and Marvyn Amphlett will run the lines, with Anthony Moore the Fourth Official.
The bookies have Shrewsbury at 13/10 to win, Dons at 21/10 and 11/5 the draw.