MK Dons host Barrow at Stadium MK on Saturday, in a tie that they are favourites to win, despite being lower than their opponent in the standings.
The Dons sit in 16th place in League Two after eleven games, with a points tally of 15. Graham Alexander’s team began the campaign brilliantly, but in recent weeks their performances have been underwhelming, which is reflected by the fact that they are without a win in their last seven. The Dons have struggled in front of goal at Stadium MK this season, boasting the joint second worst goals scored per home game in the league (1).
Last time out, MK Dons travelled to third placed Gillingham, where they suffered a 2-1 defeat and ended the game with ten men. The encounter was extremely end-to-end and it witnessed an astounding 42 shots with 14 on target. The hosts opened the scoring in the first half and by the hour mark, they doubled their lead. The Dons scored through Ellis Harrison in the 82nd minute but they were unsuccessful in their quest for an equaliser.
Barrow have just one more point than this weekend’s opponent after eleven matches, yet they are in 12th place. Pete Wild’s team are unbeaten at home in four games, but they’ve somewhat struggled on the road, especially in the attacking department. The Bluebirds have netted six times in seven away ties, which is one less than they’ve managed at Holker Street, however, they do have the second best defensive away record in League Two.
Last weekend, Barrow held league leaders, Notts County, to a 1-1 draw at home. Wild’s side had to endure long spells without the ball yet they arguably had the best chances in the game. Both sides scored via the spot, but the boss will be pleased with how his team applied themselves.
Based on the low scoring statistics from MK Dons at home and Barrow away, it is fair to predict that this game will not be a goal-fest. Neither side are in great form and the tie should be rather close. The final prediction is MK Dons 1-1 Barrow.