Gillingham and MK Dons are set to meet this weekend in League Two with both sides narrowly sitting inside the top half of the table after a topsy-turvy run of form sees both sides aim for a playoff spot this season.
In comparison to the last campaign, Gillingham have started with a decent run of form off the back of losing their first five games in the 2022/23 season. Now, the Gills are up to eighth after 11 games of the season that has seen the club win six games so far. but lose four. One of those defeats came against Crewe Alexandra during the week, and the 2-0 loss now means just 11 goals let in so far - only Mansfield Town and Wimbledon have let in fewer goals.
The loss on Wednesday also extended Gillingham's winless run to three games after losing to Doncaster Rovers two weeks ago and drawing with Mansfield Town last weekend. The last win for the eighth-placed side saw them beat Morecambe 2-1 where George Lapslie gave his side the lead before a finish from Connor Mahoney 14 minutes later handed them the lead once more - all three goals that day came inside 23 minutes.
The GIlls also beat Harrogate Town before that win that saw the club win in the dying embers of the game when Shaun Williams scored in the 94th minute. Also in September, Gillingham edged past Leyton Orient when Cheye Alexander scored a penalty with 10 minutes to go before an own goal sealed a win in the Football League Trophy.
The club are now sitting only one point behind Wimbledon in second place, and should Gillingham win this weekend and see other results go their way, the club could jump into one of the spots in the top seven playoffs positions.
MK Dons are sitting down in 11th and they are four points adrift of Gillingham. This means their highest finish at the end of the weekend could see them jump into ninth where Wrexham are two points adrift of them.
MK Dons have also not won for three games after their midweek draw with Walsall came following on from a loss to 19th-placed Harrogate Town on home soil. Sutton United also drew with them 1-1, meaning the 1-0 win away to Oxford United in the Football League Trophy was the last time they won.
MK Dons have also drawn with Notts County and lost to Stockport County in the last month, and combined with a 3-1 loss away to Crewe Alexandra, this now means the Dons have won just one game in the past seven games.
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