Head-to-head: Nothing to separate Dons and Shrews

Daniel Powell
Daniel Powell

MK Dons will be looking for their first win at Greenhaus Meadow when they travel to Shrewsbury on Saturday.

It won’t be the first time Dons and the Shrews have met on the opening day of the season, having done so in August 2013.

Shrewsbury boss Micky Mellon

Shrewsbury boss Micky Mellon

That day, both sides played out a tentative 0-0 draw - a game in keeping with the even split between the two sides.

Dons had the upper hand the last time the sides met though, with Karl Robinson’s side winning 3-2 at Stadium MK in January 2014, but in the 10 meetings between the teams, each have won three times and drawn four.

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Shrewsbury come into the season with something to prove. After survival was achieved with one game to spare last season on their return to League 1, Shrews fans are expecting better. A club record 13 home defeats needs to be addressed. Manager Micky Mellon has undertaken another squad revamp and mid-table has to the aim. Among the new faces are Louis Dodds, AJ Leitch-Smith and Adam El-Abd.

Dons head to Greenhaus Meadow facing something of an injury crisis. Since their relegation from the Championship, Robinson has only been able to bring in six new players so far this summer, while injuries to Dean Bowditch and Ben Reeves leave him struggling to name a full bench for the opener. They must wait on Daniel Powell’s fitness after he missed out on the friendly at Stevenage last Saturday with a bruised foot.

Wales international George Williams is likely to be handed a start on the flanks after making a return to the club last week, while goalkeeper David Martin has overcome the illness which ruled him out of the game at Stevenage. He came through an hour against Liverpool’s U21s on Monday night, but knows new keeper Lee Nicholls will be hot on his heels for the number 1 jersey.

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