We are back to the bread and butter of the league after Tuesday night game in the EFL trophy, as Swindon Town are back at home and will entertain AFC Wimbledon. Swindon Town will be looking to bounce back after two disappointing performances in the last 7 days in where they have conceded 7 goals and they would feel that AFC Wimbledon at home will be the perfect performances.
The defence has been Swindon Achilles heel this season, unlike last season where the foundation was built on an excellent back 5 along with a sitter in the three midfield. This season we have seen a change of shape after the sudden departure of Michael Doughty. That change of shape from a 4-3-3 to a 4-2-3-1 may have hindered the defence but have helped the attack. The extra cover in midfield on which would have helped the defence has gone to help the attack with an extra body in the 4-2-3-1 set up. Maybe that shape will change in the coming weeks with big trips to Northampton and Oxford United come in the latter part of this month and with the return of Jordan Lyden hopefully in that time will help in solidify that cover in that midfield and with Swindon returning to the tactics of 4-3-3 of last season.
Conceding 18 goals in the last 7 games is a bit of worry, especially with the type of defending that was on show on Tuesday night against Exeter. There needs to be some groundwork laid in defence and Swindon are yet to keep a clean sheet this season in three competitions played in so far this season.
Richie Wellens mentioned in his pre match presser today and its either wonderful mind games on which Wellens is known for in the past. Or we aka Swindon are in a bit of trouble with injuries for this game and the next few. With Paul Caddis with a hamstring injury (2/3 weeks). Dion Conroy a Achilles operation on which Conroy tweeted out saying it was a minor operation, nothing major and looking forward to playing this year. Rob Hunt with a potential stress fracture of the back, Ellis Iandolo with a knee Injury, Zeki Fryers, Jordan Lyden with a pulled calf and Jordan Stephens with a stomach bug.
In my head we may have to switch to a back three and match AFC Wimbledon who have been playing the same formation, so could see a 3-5-2/3-4-1-2 of Kovar, Odimayo, Baudry, Grounds, Stephens (Potentially), Grant, M.Smith, Payne, Donohue, T.Smith and Pitman. But we will have to wait and see tomorrow, and we could see 3 of the players who are supposed to be missing on the team sheet when it gets tweeted out at 2pm tomorrow afternoon.
AFC Wimbledon have started the season well and sit in 12th place picking up five points from the first four games of the season. They have been playing their homes game at QPR Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium as Plough Lane is in development and will be in use for the reverse fixture in mid-April of 2021. Could fans be in the stadium by then who knows.
AFC Wimbledon started the season with a credible 2-2 draw away at Northampton and then followed up that with an end to end thriller 4-4 with Plymouth Argyle. A game where AFC Wimbledon were 4-2 with 20 minutes to go thanks to a double from Joe Pigott and goals from Ryan Longman Shane McLoughlin looked to have wrapped the points up. But Argyle struck back with two goals in two mins and it finished in an eight-goal thriller. A brilliant 1-0 away at Fleetwood followed a week after the Plymouth game. On loan Steve Seddon scored on his first game back in his second spell at the club after his loan deal from Birmingham City. This was a game on which they won with 30% possession. A tough nut to crack down on which Swindon will find out tomorrow. Their previous league game was a home defeat to Accrington Stanley where the away side hit them with a sucker punch of two goals in four minutes just before half time.
Glynn Hodges the manager of AFC Wimbledon has been at the club since December 2018 first as an Assistant Manager and then taken charge of the first team in September 2019. Hodges has played a 3-5-2 formation all season and switched to a 5-4-1 for the Carabao Cup game against Oxford United in September. A tough nut to crack down on which Swindon will find out tomorrow, especially with the injuries that Richie Wellens said in his presser this will be a tough game and could be a hard team to break down.
AFC Wimbledon man to watch will be the captain Joe Piggot who plays up front in one of two striker roles in Hodges 3-5-2. Piggot in his 4 league one games this season has been involved in 6 goals with two goals and 4 assists. A man on which Swindon fragile defence will have to keep an eye out for.
Anticipated result : Narrow home win.
By Scot Monroe.