MK Dons Vs Millwall – My Preferred XI

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Game number two, and our first away game of the league sees Millwall travel to Milton Keynes to take on MK Dons. Recently relegated, Karl Robinson still has a very good squad at his disposal, which will contribute to a very good match I hope on Saturday.

Check out my scout report of our opposition on Saturday here.

With 2,000+ Millwall fans also in attendance, fresh from two wins and seven goals without reply, confidence is high with the hope we can make it three wins on the bounce. Below is my starting XI for Saturday’s game:

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Unchanged from our win last weekend, I don’t think many would argue with this XI after winning 3-0 last time out in the league. No one knows whether Gregory is quite at 100% after his knock last weekend, however being named on the bench on Tuesday means to me he should be able to play.

Fresh from two clean sheets in a row, Archer continues in goal. Despite winning 4-0 on Tuesday night, Archer still had to get his gloves dirty with a few good saves. Confidence is sure to be high for the keeper and I have complete confidence he will be behind everything on Saturday too.

The back four at the minute picks itself, with Ferguson being forced to fill in with Martin’s absence. Despite playing 80 minutes on Tuesday, it would be a big ask to risk Martin to throw him in for the 90 this weekend. Perhaps Peterborough on Tuesday will be Martin’s return to the side in the league.

Craig, Webster and Romeo also pick themselves with none putting a foot wrong last weekend or Tuesday night. Despite Nelson playing at Barnet instead of the rested Romeo, Romeo is the obvious option and his understanding with Romeo will be crucial in any positive result we get on Saturday.

In the middle of the park I’ve opted for Williams alongside Thompson once again after running the show last weekend as a pair. This was the one position I couldn’t make my mind up on. Playing against a side who like to keep hold of the ball, Jimmy Abdou is the obvious candidate to pick in the side. However, Williams really impressed against Oldham, and if we get the same sort of performance from Williams it will go a long way in us winning the game. Let’s not forget where we got Williams from too…

On the right Worrall returns after playing a bit part role on Tuesday. Despite being reduced to the bench Worrall had enough time in his 15 minutes spell to lay on another assist in his short time as a Millwall player. The partnership between Worrall and Romeo is our main outlet in the side, and as we saw against Oldham if we get the same combination working we will cause MK Dons havoc.

On the left, fresh from two goals in two games is O’Brien. Another I was unsure on, however after scoring two already confidence will be sky high with O’Brien who is the prime example of a confidence based player. The only worry is O’Brien will need to be alert defensively against a side like MK Dons, and will need to contribute defensively and help his full back throughout the tie.

Up front, no shocks with Morison and Gregory up front. Both already with a goal each to their name, and hopefully both will be able to add to their own tally come 3 o’clock on Saturday. As mentioned above Gregory did suffer a knock last Saturday, but should be returning to the side having been named on the bench on Tuesday night.

 

 

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