This is Swindon Towns final game of 2020 and first game in 10 days after the Charlton Athletic 2-2 draw at the County Ground on the 19th of December. A lot has happened since then, the boxing day clash away at Portsmouth was postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak at Portsmouth. Then just before Christmas it was announced that Swindon would be entering tier 3 on boxing day which means that tomorrow home game and for home games for the foreseeable future there will not be any fans in attendance. That is a real blow for the club as Swindon Town just had the two fixtures with fans in attendance. Another blow to this never-ending saga
On the pitch, the last performance a credible home draw against Charlton Athletic thanks to that Brett Pitman last minute header from a Matt Smith corner. That performance stopped the rot and going into added time you had the fear in the back of the mind that it could be five games in a row with defeat and slumping more and more lower into the depths of the basement of league one. But the way Swindon hit back and managed to hit the late goal showed courage and showed encouragement that there is something to fight for. I am not going to lie; the last 5-6 weeks have not been great as a Swindon fan. The performances on the pitch have not been good enough, but with that Charlton point there is something to build on for this game coming up and the following against Wigan Athletic and Ipswich Town.
Tommy Wright did an injury update on the squad before tomorrow nights game, here are a few snippets. Wright stated that both Joel Grant and Jonny Smith have done a little bit of training and will be tested out tomorrow. Wright also suggested that Jordan Lyden could be back in the frame after returning to training. That is a massive boost as we have been exceptionally light with bodies in the centre of midfield. The only real major injury concern is Ellis Iandolo who Tommy wright said had a minor setback and could be out for a few more weeks.
Predicted xi 3-5-2
Kovar, Odimayo, Conroy, Fryers, Caddis, Grounds, M. Smith, A. Grant, Payne, Jaiyesimi, T. Smith
MK Dons are the last visitors to the county ground this year, Russell Martin has got his side playing some nice football this season. They are sitting in 15th place after 20 games with 22 points. The last 6 games for Russell Martin side have been very inconsistent with two wins, two draws and two defeats. The two wins came away at Charlton Athletic 1-0 at the start of December and on Boxing day with a 2-0 home win over Bristol Rovers. Where Ex Swindon Town midfielder Ben Gladwin grabbed a goal. The two defeats came both away from home at Accrington Stanley and at Plymouth Argyle. The two draws came at home to Burton Albion and Peterborough United.
Russell Martin has been playing with a 3-5-2/3-4-1-2 for most of the season but managed to switch it up for the Bristol Rovers game where he ditched the back 3 for a 4-2-3-1 with immediate effects.
The players to watch out for from this MK Dons side is Scott Fraser, the attacking midfielder who signed on a free from Burton Albion has been the standout player for MK Dons this season. Involved in 8 goals, 7 goals and 1 assist in 19 league one games this season. Another player to watch out for is Striker Cameron Jerome. Jerome made his return to English Football in October signing for MK Dons for a free transfer from Turkish side Goztepe. He had been applying his trade in Turkey for the last two seasons after leaving Derby in August of 2018. Cameron Jerome has contributed 7 goals in his 16 league appearances for the club with 5 goals and 2 assists. Its also highly likely that Swindon old boy Ben Gladwin will be in the first 11 for MK as he has recently played as a winger and got several assists for them.
This will be another tough game for Swindon Town to end the year on, this year has been tough on a lot of people and all us Swindon fans want to end the year on a high. It started with that brilliant win at Plymouth. MK Dons will be looking to make it back-to-back wins over the Christmas period and elevate themselves up the league one table.
Preview Author: Scot Munro