PREVIEW: Dons face stern Preston test

MK Dons and Preston are reasy to lock horns again on Saturday.
MK Dons and Preston are reasy to lock horns again on Saturday.

Along with Bristol City, MK Dons and Preston North End were the pick of the teams in League 1 last season and they are about to renew their rivalry on Saturday.

Since the sides first met back in 2011, the sides have been very equally matched.

In the eight encounters, there have been six draws, with Preston triumphing twice at stadium:mk.

Most recently, Simon Grayson’s side were emphatic 2-0 winners when the two met in March. Preston were in the midst of a sensational run which saw them go from also-rans to promotion favourites, while the defeat sparked Dons into a run of their own - one which saw them sneak into the final automatic promotion spot at Preston’s expense.

Grayson said: “If anything, they will have a bone to pick with us given how we turned them over at stadium:mk when we played really well and put in a great performance.

“That is al part of history now.

“We both ultimately achieved what we wanted to do by getting promotion, it did not really matter in which order it was done.”

Dons took to life in the Championship like a duck to water last weekend, thrashing relegation favourites Rotherham 4-1 at the AESSEAL New York Stadium to go to the top of the table.

Preston meanwhile faced stronger opposition in Middlesbrough, heavily tipped to be challenging at the other end of the table this season, and played out a goal-less draw at Deepdale.

The game will also mark another milestone in the career of Dean Lewington.

The Dons captain, should he play on Saturday, will make his 500th career league appearance.