Form, odds and stats ahead of MK Dons' trip to Wigan Athletic

Russell Martin's side will be eager to get back to winning ways when they take on the side at the foot of the table

By Toby Lock
Saturday, 6th March 2021, 6:00 am
DW Stadium
DW Stadium

MK Dons will have a great opportunity to get back to winning ways today (Saturday) when they take on bottom club Wigan Athletic

Leam Richardson's side have lost eight of their last 10 games in League One, and have picked up 27 points from their 32 matches thus far. While form in general has been an issue, Wigan have won just three games at home all season long, with their last back on December 12 when they beat Accrington 4-3.

Dons' form has taken a dip in their last three games, having lost twice and were denied a win over Oxford thanks to a 97th minute equaliser from Elliot Lee, but prior to that, they were in a good run of games, having gone undefeated in five league games prior to that. It means it's 24th vs 15th when the sides kick-off on Saturday.

There have been just five previous meetings between the sides, the first of which came in January 2014 when they were drawn together in the FA Cup. Dons secured a 3-3 draw at the DW Stadium thanks to Patrick Bamford's late goal - his last in Dons colours. Since then, Wigan won the next three meetings between the sides including a 5-1 thumping at the DW Stadium in April 2018, when Will Grigg - now at MK Dons on loan from Sunderland - scored a hat-trick.

Earlier this season, second half goals from Scott Fraser and Ste Walker ensured Dons picked up their first win over the Latics.

Anthony Backhouse takes charge of the game. He has made 24 outings this season, booking 80 players and sending off just two. His last Dons game came at the Memorial Ground, home of Bristol Rovers back in October 2019 when Dons were beaten 1-0. Richard Woodward and Ian Smedley will run the lines, with Paul Graham the Fourth Official.

The bookmakers have Dons at evens to claim victory this afternoon, with Wigan at 5/2 and 11/4 the draw.