MK Dons vs Scunthorpe Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Previews

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Having gone through a rough patch, Scunthorpe have seemingly rediscovered both the winning formula and their defensive solidity at just the right time. Two wins on the bounce have put the Iron in a great position as far as the top six is concerned. If they beat a struggling MK Dons side here, then Nick Daws’ men will almost certainly grace the play-offs with their presence for the second year running.

In contrast, the only place MK Dons appear to be heading is League Two. Manager Dan Micciche was sacked prior to Tuesday’s fixture, which meant that Keith Millen found himself in temporary charge for the second time this season, though such a change did little to alter the fortunes of the Dons, who were beaten by Bradford. It’s now five defeats on the bounce for the team who’re currently six points shy of safety.

With the fight having seemingly gone out of MK Dons, Scunthorpe have a massive opportunity to put one foot in the play-offs here. Nick Daws’ men have been extremely tough to beat of late, while they’re making a good habit of coming up with the goods offensively when needed. They may not have been at their best from an attacking point of view against a defiant Walsall side last time out, but they gave very little away and showed their class when it mattered most. Much of the same can be said for their performance at the Valley prior to that.

It is Scunthorpe’s defensive solidity that can see them through here. Having looked very, very secure in each of their last two matches, the Iron ought to be up to keeping a lacklustre MK Dons attack at bay, while they won’t need to do much to profit at the other end.

Not only are MK Dons really struggling from an offensive point of view – creating scoring opportunities is a big problem for the Dons, while they’re also unproductive even when they do manage to create – but they’re simply not competing from a defensive point of view. Tuesday’s fixture against Bradford, where they deservedly conceded twice was not the first time that the Dons have struggled to keep their opponents at bay.

Prior to that defeat against Bradford, MK Dons, who’ve conceded the third most shots on target in League One this season, looked all over the place when conceding four against Southend, while they were simply not at the races in a defensive sense when losing to Doncaster, Wigan and Blackburn before that. A lack of forward productivity and a glaringly obvious lack of defensive solidity is why MK Dons are where they are in the table and things aren’t likely to get any better on Saturday.

The only way MK Dons are heading is down, so the visitors, who’ve looked very efficient in all areas of late, are backed to put the final nail in the coffin of the League Two-bound hosts.

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