MATCH PREVIEW: MK Dons v Bristol Rovers

GasCast Match Previews by Simon Gray

MK Dons welcome Bristol Rovers this week with the away side back in action after a Covid-19 outbreak forced postponements their last two fixtures.

Rovers were in good form prior to the postponements under new boss Paul Tisdale with them searching for a fourth win in a row and boss Tisdale has spoken of what has been an unprecedented week at the Memorial Stadium.

“It’s been a surreal week in many ways,” Tisdale told BristolLive.

“We’ve been keeping in contact, there’s been daily staff meetings and we’ve managed to stay in touch with the players every day also.

“It’s been a very strange week. I believe the majority of the squad are fit and healthy.

“We’ll just wait and see, we’ll probably know today to be honest, but everyone’s well and making the best of the week to do some essential maintenance and planning.

“It was three or four and like I say we’re waiting on a few more tests. No-one, fortunately, has been very ill, but a positive test is a positive test.

“What we have done is follow every protocol. The whole club is locked down, nobody’s been in and nobody’s been to the training ground or to the Mem. Everybody has kept their distance and we’ve done all the cleansing and fogging to clear all the offices.”

Rovers will be without James Daly once again through injury however The Gas have been boosted by the return of Mark Little and Alex Rodman to full training. Goalkeeper Anssi Jaakkola is also pushing for a recall after missing the recent win over Plymouth Argyle.

MK Dons go into the game looking for a return to winning ways. The Dons are winless in four league games and Russell Martin’s side will be looking to get a result that steers them clear of the bottom four.

The match also sees Rovers manager Tisdale returning to the club he managed before The Gas in the form of MK Dons.

Tisdale managed The Dons 73 times during his 17 months in charge and successfully guided The Dons to promotion from League Two in 2019, only to be sacked three months into the new season but current manager Martin has downplayed the return of the man who he replaced in charge.

“It will be an interesting game,” Martin told the MK Citizen.

“Him returning to the club adds a little bit for everyone else, but for us it’s just another game which we will prepare for just like every other game.

“I enjoyed playing for Paul, in the end it didn’t finish well, but I have respect for anyone who has managed so many games. He helped us get promoted as well. Regardless of who it is against, we want to win the game.

“There are a lot of players still here who played under Paul, so we might get an idea of what to expect from Bristol Rovers which might help our preparation. But for me, it’s another game against someone I have respect for.”

MK Dons have revealed no fresh injury concerns heading into Saturday’s clash with Bristol Rovers and do have Daniel Harvie available for selection after the Scot served a one-match suspension last weekend.

Joe Mason returned to action in the loss to Plymouth last time out and could feature once again but Jay Bird, Louis Thompson and Jordan Houghton are all long-term absentees.

Lineup Predictions

Score Predictions:

Simon – MK Dons 2-2 The Gas

Max – MK Dons 2-0 The Gas

Jack – MK Dons 1-2 The Gas