MK Dons returns to action on New Years Day when he takes on Gillingham at Stadium MK

The curtain rises on a whole new year with Gillingham’s visit to Stadium MK on Saturday.

And Liam Manning will be eager to start the new year with another performance against the Gills. When the teams last met in September, Dons came back from behind to beat Steve Evans’ men 4-1 at Priestfield to win for just the second time in club history.

To further stack the odds in Dons’ favor, Gillingham has lost in his last four trips to Stadium MK, with his only win in April 2014.

It has been a tough season for the Gills, currently ranked in the final four at the halfway point, and after six straight losses, and no game since December 11. Their last victory dates back to mid-October.

Playing on New Years Day, the Dons have won their last two games, including a 3-1 win over Bristol Rovers and a landslide 6-0 win over Cambridge United.

Charles Breakspear will take charge of the match on Saturday. Infamous in the EFL, the referee has booked 92 players in his 20 games this season, with two red cards also distributed. Dons fans saw him earlier this season at Stadium MK when he oversaw the 2-1 win over Charlton Athletic. And while Mr. Breakspear’s decisions usually raise an eyebrow or two, Dons has won the last nine times he’s taken them over.

Steven Plane and Christopher Husband will lead the lines, with fourth official David Rock.

Bookies have Dons 4/7 to win at Stadium MK, with Gillingham 5/1 and 3/1 the draw.


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