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Wimbledon vs Newport Prediction, Tips & Stats

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            Wimbledon to win and BTTS @ 5/2
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            Last updated 12/04/2024

            Wimbledon vs Newport Prediction, Tips & Stats

            This Saturday, AFC Wimbledon are set to host Newport County at Plough Lane in a crucial League Two encounter. Wimbledon will be looking to extend their lead over the 13th-placed Newport and solidify their position in the playoff race.

            Wimbledon are sitting in 8th position in the league table and are very much involved in the hunt for a place in the Playoffs. The Dons have gained 54 points from their 37 league games so far this season and are just one point behind the playoff places.

            The Dons come into the match on a positive run of form, having lost just one of their last four games. Their last outing saw them secure a valuable three points away at Notts County.

            The first half offered few clear-cut chances, but the Dons emerged stronger after the break. Substitute Johnnie Jackson's tactical changes paid dividends as they took the lead through an own goal from Connell Rawlinson in the 80th minute.

            Kofi Balmer sealed the win with a powerful header five minutes later. This victory keeps Wimbledon's playoff hopes alive and extends their unbeaten run to three games.

            Following a disappointing run of results, Newport currently find themselves in 13th position in the League Two table and look to be inching further away from the playoffs. The Exiles are six places and six points beneath the playoff spots.

            Newport come into this game on the back of a poor run of form which has seen them lose three of their last four league games. This run has included defeats against the likes of Mansfiled, MK Dons and most recently Stockport.

            The Hatters dominated possession but struggled to convert, with Paddy Madden even missing a second-half penalty. Just as a draw seemed inevitable, a dramatic late twist emerged. In the 93rd minute, a free-kick found its way to Madden who volleyed home the winner, sparking wild celebrations.

            The fixture of Wimbledon vs Newport has a relatively short history, with the two sides having first faced each other in League Two in 2014. In total, the two sides have met on 10 occasions, with Wimbledon having the slightly better record, having won 3 compared to 2 which have been won by Newport.

            The game ended 2-2 in a highly entertaining game when these sides met each other in the reverse fixture earlier on in the season. James Tilley's first-half double was only enough to claim a point for AFC Wimbledon at Newport as Will Evans and Omar Bogle ensured it ended a draw.

            Unsurprisingly, considering the respective form of these two sides heading into this weekend, it is Wimbledon who are heavily favoured at the bookies and are currently priced @ ¾, whilst an away win for Newport is priced @ 16/5 and a draw is @ 11/4.

            We are backing Newport to win and both teams to score because this is a fixture which is often tightly contested and both teams score. This has happened in all three of the last meetings between these two sides, which have all ended in draws.

            Wimbledon Team News

            Forward Josh Neufville is stepping up his return to full training and may feature on the bench here. Elsewhere, Ryan Johnson and Joe Lewis will be absent as they continue to recover from ankle and knee injuries respectively.

            Newport Team News

            Newport have suffered a major blow as it has been announced that captain Ryan Delaney is likely to miss the rest of the season because of a knee injury. Graham Coughlan is likely to revert to a back three with Baker, Bennet and Clarke.