Football League World’s Chris Thorpe will be live from Plough Lane as AFC Wimbledon take on Burton Albion in Sky Bet League One on Tuesday night, in what is being billed as a relegation six-pointer for both sides.
Wimbledon head into this game on home turf off the back of two hard earned draws away from home against Shrewsbury Town and Blackpool respectively, with Mark Robinson sure to have been pleased with the battling qualities on display from his players in said fixtures.
Meanwhile Burton’s recent revival under Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink continues to gather pace, with the Brewers having picked up four wins from their last five league games, thus seeing them move out and clear of the relegation zone as we look ahead to this week’s fixtures.
A victory for the Dons at home could see them move out of the drop zone if other results for teams around them fall in their favour this week, whilst another win for Hasselbaink’s men could see them close the gap on Shrewsbury in 17th place.
The Dons were boosted at the weekend by the return of Ollie Palmer after the big striker had faced a long spell out on the sidelines, with the frontman making an immediate impact for his side as he scored the late equaliser at Blackpool.
Ethan Chislett could also be set to return in time for Tuesday’s vital clash, with the attacking midfielder having missed Saturday’s draw due to a slight tendon issue.
Meanwhile the likes of Corie Andrews, Paul Kalambayi, Shayon Harrison and Archie Proctor continue to be sidelined, with the quartet all currently rehabilitating after sustaining injuries this term.
Whilst for Burton, Kieran Wallace is set to be out for the rest of the season after suffering an ACL injury, thus putting him on the sidelines for up to nine months and Sean Clare is set to serve the second match of his suspension.
The Brewers will however welcome back Ryan Broom after he couldn’t play against his parent club Peterborough United at the weekend.
AFC Wimbledon possible starting lineup (4-2-3-1):
Walker; O’Neill, Johnson, Nightingale, Alexander, Woodyard, Dobson, Longman, McLoughlin, Rudoni, Pigott
Burton Albion possible starting lineup (4-2-3-1):
Garratt; Brayford, Carter, Bostwick, Hamer, Mancienne, Edwards, Smith, Rowe, Akins, Hemmings
Wimbledon have lost six of their last seven home matches, something which must improve over the course of March if the Dons are to survive in the division for another year.
The Plough Lane club have also conceded at least two goals in six of their last seven games at home, underlining the need for the backline to tighten up against the Brewers on Tuesday night.
Last time out the two sides played out a 1-1 draw back in October last year at the Pirelli Stadium with Ryan Longman seeing his opener cancelled out just a minute later by Kane Hemmings.
Burton are undefeated in their last five meetings with Wimbledon in all competitions, a fact which could weigh heavy on the home side.
The Brewers have also scored at least two goals in each of their last three away matches, showing that Hasselbaink’s men are playing with a lot of confidence in front of goal right now.
How to watch the game?
The match will be available to watch via both club’s respective websites, with iFollow passes costing £10 per person.
Kick-off is 7pm.