Relegation-threatened MK Dons host mid-table Queens Park Rangers this afternoon in the Sky Bet Championship in desperate need of three points.
Karl Robinson’s Dons have twelve games to save themselves from dropping out of the Championship and into League One. They are in 21st place, just three points above Rotherham United and the relegation places, but they have won only once in the previous seven matches.
Queens Park Rangers are in eleventh place but possess an outside shot at the top six, sitting eleven points behind Sheffield Wednesday in sixth.
However, QPR have won just two out of their last seven games so the play-offs are probably out of reach this season, but they are slowly improving under the stewardship of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.
MK Dons have not won any of the last three home matches, while QPR have not won their last three away games. Surely something has to give this afternoon.
FootballLeagueWorld writer Anthony Yeo identifies THREE things to look out for in this afternoon’s clash at the stadium:mk…
1) Samir Carruthers
Last weekend, MK Dons could have picked up a win if their defence had not failed them, and Carruthers was instrumental in all the good things that they did produce in the match against Blackburn Rovers.
The Irish midfielder netted his first goal in an all-round magnificent display, and manager Robinson will need another such display to try and get a positive result from this afternoon’s match.
He could have a big impact on today’s match.
2) QPR need to build on their dominant display
Against Birmingham City, a side who remember beat Hull City on Thursday, QPR were totally dominant, and need to carry on putting that kind of display in against struggling sides.
If QPR are to mount any kind of challenge on the top six, they need to build upon displays like that of last weekend, and put back-to-back wins together.
QPR can still sneak into the play-offs if they put in another display like the Birmingham game, starting today in Milton Keynes.
3) MK Dons defence
Recently, the MK Dons back line have let them down by shipping very soft late goals which has dragged them deep into the relegation mire.
There are six other teams with a much worse overall defensive record but, in the last five matches, they have conceded eight goals.
Unless Robinson can tighten up the leaky MK Dons defence, they will get sucked into the bottom three, and could find themselves back in League One.
MK Dons and QPR fans… What’s your prediction for today’s match? Can MK Dons beat the drop? Is a play-off spot beyond QPR this season? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!