Football League World’s Chris Thorpe will be live from Plough Lane on Tuesday night as AFC Wimbledon play host to Oxford United in Sky Bet League One, as both clubs seek to close in on their respective objectives as the season begins to draw to a close.
Mark Robinson’s men will be looking to win four games in a row as they entertain their play-off chasing foes at Plough Lane off the back of beating their relegation rivals Swindon Town 4-1 on Saturday thanks to a first half blitz which put the Dons out of sight.
Whilst for Oxford, Karl Robinson’s men will be seeking to tighten their grip on a top six place after winning three league games in a row, with their bid for promotion now firmly back on track as we enter the last few games of the campaign with there still being so much to play for.
A victory at home for Wimbledon again could see them effectively move eight points clear of the relegation zone if other results fall in their favour, whilst a win on the road for the U’s could see them move further clear of seventh place Portsmouth.
There are no fresh injury worries for the Dons, with Robinson likely to name an unchanged side from their weekend victory as he bids to win his fourth game in a row.
However there is good news on two of the club’s longer term absentees with it being announced that Shayon Harrison and Terell Thomas are both getting closer to returning to training as they step up their recoveries from injury and illness respectively.
As for Oxford, the away side could well be without the services of Brandon Barker for this game as the winger continues to battle against a hamstring problem.
Whilst the likes of Marcus McGuane and John Mousinho are both still sidelined, meaning that the U’s could name an unchanged side from the win at the Kassam Stadium on Saturday.
AFC Wimbledon possible starting lineup (4-1-2-1-2):
Tzanev; O’Neill, Heneghan, Nightingale, Guinness-Walker, Dobson, Woodyard, Rudoni, Assal, Palmer, Pigott
Oxford United possible starting lineup (4-3-3):
Stevens; Long, Moore, Atkinson, Ruffels, Henry, Brannagan, Forde, Lee, Taylor, Shodipo
Wimbledon haven’t won any of their last four meetings with the U’s, with the two sides having already met in both the Carabao Cup and Papa John’s Trophy this term alongside playing each other in the league.
The last time the Dons won four games on the bounce was way back in April 2016 as they eventually went on to achieve promotion to League One via the play-offs in that particular season.
These two sides last met back in December of last year, with goals from Matty Taylor and Jordan Obita sealing a slightly fortunate win for the U’s on that occasion.
Oxford have only lose three times away to the Dons since the Londoners returned to the Football League and will be seeking to continue their fine record when they visit Plough Lane for the first time.
Only Peterborough United, Hull and Lincoln City have won more League One games this season than the U’s, underlining their promotion credentials.
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.