This afternoon will see one of the most crucial fixtures in the Sky Bet Championship relegation battle this season when strugglers MK Dons face off with bottom placed Bolton Wanderers.
The Dons will enter the game off the back of the boost gained from the confirmation of Crystal Palace and Wales midfielder Johnny Williams joining on loan for three months, and will be looking to extend the gap of two points that separates them from the drop zone.
Bolton meanwhile, are eight points off safety, and things are looking down off the field as well as on it, with the financial situation ever deteriorating, and key players being linked with more clubs every week.
This game could be the last for young talent Zach Clough, who has been linked with a variety of Championship clubs, and he’ll be looking to leave on a high.
FootballLeagueWorld writer Harry Smith identifies three things to look out for in this crucial encounter…
1) Home support
If Bolton go a goal down early, it will be crucial for the fans to get behind their team and back them until the final whistle, because if they don’t there is no way Wanderers will get back into the game.
A win here is crucial to their survival, so the Bolton faithful must stay in good voice, despite the bleak situation they find themselves in.
2) Johnny Williams
The talented young Welsh midfielder completed his loan move to the stadium.mk on Friday, and could be thrown straight into the squad for this crucial encounter.
His pace and trickery could provide the boost that MK Dons will need to overcome this Bolton side.
Score a goal here, and he could become an instant hit among the Dons faithful.
3) MK Dons’ spirit
The Dons will enter this game fresh off back-to-back wins, following a 1-0 win over Reading, and also an emphatic 3-0 win over Northampton in an FA Cup third round replay.
It will be interesting to see if they can carry this form to Bolton, and secure three consecutive wins for the first time this season.
Bolton and MK Dons fans… what do you think the score will be? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!