Football League World’s Chris Thorpe will be live from Plough Lane this weekend as AFC Wimbledon play host to Northampton Town in Sky Bet League One, in what is being billed as a huge game at the foot of the league standings.
Wimbledon head coach Mark Robinson will be looking for his side to go one better on home turf this Saturday after the Dons fought valiantly against Charlton Athletic a week ago to claim a much deserved point against one of the league’s play-off contenders.
Meanwhile Jon Brady has seen his side have a good week coming into this big game, with the Cobblers having beaten Oxford United 1-0 at Sixfields on Tuesday thanks to a welcome Sam Hoskins goal which saw them move clear of the relegation zone for the time being at least.
A victory for the hosts could see them move level on points with their weekend opponents, whilst another win for the away side could see them extend their lead over the drop zone to five points if other results fall in their favour across the division.
The good news for the Dons is that midfielder Ethan Chislett is now in contention for being selected, with the former Aldershot Town man having shaken off an injury and played for the club’s under-23s last week.
Meanwhile centre backs Paul Kalambayi and Dan Csoka are also edging closer to making their returns from injury, with both players having stepped up their rehabilitation.
However Wimbledon will unfortunately have to do without the services of Callum Reilly and Darnell Johnson for the foreseeable future, with the former now ruled out for the rest of the campaign with an ankle fracture, whilst the latter has also suffered a ligament injury that is set to keep him sidelined for up to six weeks.
As for Northampton, Brady has stated this week that he hopes to have Rotherham United loanee Mickel Miller back for the run in, with the forward currently sidelined by a hamstring injury.
Whilst the likes of Jack Sowerby and Steve Arnold are also on the treatment table for the time being.
Aside from the three aforementioned injuries, the Cobblers have a clean bill of health heading into this weekend’s game and will be seeking to build on their recent win over Oxford.
AFC Wimbledon possible starting lineup (4-1-2-1-2):
Tzanev; Alexander, Heneghan, Nightingale, Guinness-Walker, Dobson, Woodyard, Oksanen, Assal, Longman, Pigott
Northampton Town possible starting lineup (4-3-3):
Mitchell; Kioso, Horsfall, Jones, Mills, Watson, McWilliams, Morris, Hoskins, Rose, Marshall
Wimbledon have never beaten Northampton Town at home in the Football League since the club reformed, with the Dons having lost four and drawn three against the Cobblers.
The SW19 outfit will also be seeking to banish their recent woes at Plough Lane, with the squad having only picked up one home win in their last 10 games at their new stadium.
Both of these clubs last met in the first game of the league season back in September of last year, with goals from Northampton’s Matty Warburton and Ricky Korboa helping to cancel out Wimbledon strikes from Chislett and Nesta Guinness-Walker as the game ended 2-2.
Northampton have only lost once to Wimbledon in the previous 15 meetings between the two sides, with that solitary defeat coming back in October 2017 at Sixfields.
However the Cobblers are winless in their last 12 away matches, underlining the need for improvement on the road going forwards.
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 3pm.