Football League World’s Chris Thorpe will be live from Plough Lane as AFC Wimbledon take on Rochdale in Sky Bet League One, with both sides seeking to climb away from the relegation zone this weekend.
Mark Robinson’s interim stint as manager for the hosts got off to the best possible start in the league last weekend as the Dons ran out deserved 3-2 winners away at fellow strugglers Wigan Athletic, meaning that the South London club returned home with three points after going 10 games without a win.
Meanwhile Dale boast the division’s worst defensive record at the time of writing and will be seeking to pick up only their seventh win of the campaign under Brian Barry-Murphy this Saturday in what is a crucial game for both clubs.
A victory for Wimbledon could see them leap above Dale into 18th place, whilst a win on the road for the away side could help them to put some real distance between themselves and the drop zone if other results fall in their favour.
The home side will once again have to do without the services of a plethora of players, with the likes of Ollie Palmer, Shane McLoughlin, Paul Kalambayi, Zach Robinson and Terell Thomas all missing out through a combination of injury and illness.
Although the Dons will be boosted by the fact that midfielder George Dobson has been declared fit to play after shaking off a hamstring injury, whilst new signing Shayon Harrison could feature in some capacity at the weekend.
As for Rochdale, Barry-Murphy will still be without a handful of players for this weekend’s game, with the likes of Jimmy Ryan and Paul McShane continuing to be long-term absentees.
Meanwhile Dale skipper Eoghan O’Connell may face a late fitness test for Saturday’s game after sustaining a minor calf injury in the first half of the defeat to Milton Keynes on Tuesday.
AFC Wimbledon possible starting lineup (4-2-3-1):
Walker; O’Neill, Johnson, Nightingale, Guinness-Walker, Dobson, Reilly, Rudoni, Chislett, Longman, Pigott
Rochdale possible starting lineup (4-4-2):
Bazunu; Osho, O’Connell, Roberts, Done, Newby, Morley, Shaughnessy, Rathbone, Lund, Humphrys
AFC Wimbledon have lost their last five home matches, an unwelcome statistic they’ll be keen to rectify this weekend.
The Dons have however won their last three matches against Rochdale in League One.
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 10 of Rochdale’s last 12 games.
But Dale have also now failed to win nine of their last 10 matches, thus piling on the pressure on the shoulders of Barry-Murphy ahead of this game.
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.