Last season we faced the Dons four times winning them all. Three fairly comfortable wins and one close game. This time round we have had three defeats on the spin and morale could be a touch fragile.
The arrival of Nigel Adkins could be just the tonic we need to kick-start our season.
MK Dons Team News:
MK Dons captain could return after serving a one match ban received after being sent off at Hartlepool. Danny Woodards ther right back missed the Brighton defeat and is likely to miss out again with a pulled hamstring. Adam Chicksen the youngster who replaced him is likely to play again. Striker Aaron Wibraham and midfielder Stephen Gleeson are also out with injuries.
Player to watch: Dean Lewington
The skipper is an influential part of the Dons team and his return should give them a lift.
Southampton Team News:
Lee Barnard is absent having one more match to serve from his three match ban. Both Adam Lallana and Frazer Richardson are out still with their longterm injuries.
The arrival of Nigel Adkins could give the motivation needed to get the team firing more than blanks.
Player to watch: Rickie Lambert
Rickie has had a terrible start and has been playing whilst being only 80-85% fit. He claims he ready now so I fully expect a more prominent display.
Match Facts & Stats
Overall we have a good record against MK Dons formerly Wimbledon.
Last season was exceptional with 4 wins, 2 at each clubs grounds.
The overall position at theirs is 5 wins for the Dons, 8 wins for Saints and 4 draws.
Mr Fred Graham takes charge
Assisted by Mr R Merchant & Mr J Busby
4th Official is Mr M Howes
Though worried by our recent form I have to go for the win. 1-3
MK Dons v Rochdale Sat 18th
Saints v Colchester Sat 18th