StadiumMK, Saturday 29 April, kick-off: 3pm.
Match 45 of 46
Team and Player Statistics
MK Dons – Position: 20
Pld 44 W 11 D 10 L 23 gf 40 ga 62 gd -22 Points: 43
Top Scorer: Mo Eisa – 12 (3 Cup)
Top Assists: Conor Grant – 6
Previous result: The Dons fell to a 1-0 defeat at mid-table Fleetwood, Saturday April 22.
Barnsley FC – Position: 4
Pld 44 W 26 D 7 L 11 gf 76 ga 41 gd +35 Points: 85
Top Scorer: Devante Cole – 15
Top Assists: Luca Çonnell & Adam Phillips – 8 each
Previous result: Barnsley were condemned to the play-off lottery following a 3-0 hammering at home to Ipswich Town.
Head to head
Dons wins: 3 Drawn: 3 Barnsley wins: 3
Dons goals: 14 Barnsley goals: 14
Last meeting: Oakwell Stadium, November 19, 2022 – Kick-off: 3pm.
Barnsley 3 MK Dons 1 (League One)
Fleetwood in review:
Dons’ relegation worries deepened following a damaging defeat to Fleetwood last Saturday afternoon.
Promise Omochere’s effort was enough to seal all three points in this feisty encounter, Fleetwood picking up three sought after points in the north-west.
Omochere scored shortly before half-time as his close range shot caught the on loan Cumming cold in the Dons goalmouth. Previous to that Jayden Stockley headed over for Fleetwood.
Both Jack Marriott (Fleetwood) and Eisa (Dons) had chances to affect the result when their efforts missed the mark – Marriott lashed his effort off the Dons post on 52 minutes, Stockley drilled another effort wide 24 minutes later.
Eisa blasted a good chance over the bar for Jacko’s Dons from distance as MK pressed for an equaliser, and late sub Nathan Holland saw his effort saved.
Defeat left Mark Jackson looking over his shoulder at the chasing pack, and with two very hard games in Barnsley, and Burton coming up Dons need all the help they can get.
How Dons could line-up: 5-2-3 / 3-4-3 thats my prediction here.
Possible Dons starting XI:
Cumming; Tucker, O’Hora, Lewington; Stewart, McEachran, Devoy, Jules; Leko, Eisa, Kaikai
How Barnsley could line up:
Barnsley operate with 3 a the back, 2 wide players who drop back, or join attacks if needed. 3-5-2 / 5-3-2 / 3-3-4.
Possible Barnsley starting XI:
Isted; Thomas, Andersen, Kitching; Williams, Phillips, Russell, Kane, Cadden; Norwood, Cole.
Ones to watch:
Mohamed Eisa – Striker: Sudan’s greatest export has been among the goals at Stadiummk lately. Charlton aside, he was making a mark.
Eisa will be looking to get amongst the goals again, against the Tykes.
Nicky Cadden – Winger/Wingback: Cadden is a pacy left winger, a danger man for Barnsley that comes with his own bag of tricks. An expert in deadball situations expect the former FGR man is capable of causing Dons lots of problems.
MK Dons 1 Barnsley 1
The Dons must win, but this may be a big ask against promotion hopefuls Barnsley.
Match Odds supplied by talkSPORT Edge:
Dons win: 7/4 Draw: 12/5 Barnsley: 13/8
Thank you for joining me once again to preview the Big Match.
Thanks for your support of this preview this season, its been an honour, and a real privilege to bring this series to you on behalf of the DSA – just one more match to go next week then I rest for the summer.
Until Next Time, SM.