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PREVIEW: Sky Blues Travel To Kingsmeadow To Face AFC Wimbledon

City are on the road for the first time this season...

10 August 2018

The Sky Blues are back in action this weekend, as they make their first trip on the road, to face AFC Wimbledon.

Opposition:

Neal Ardley and his AFC Wimbledon side enter their third consecutive season in Sky Bet League One, and they got off to the perfect start.

The Dons travelled to Fleetwood Town to take on Joey Barton’s side in his first game in management and they made it a start to forget for the former Premier League midfielder.

A Joe Pigott goal midway through the second-half ensured a first day win for the first time in League One for Wimbledon.

Now, as the Dons continue their rise back through the football league, they will be hoping to push up the table this season.

Last Time We Met:

It has been almost 18 months since the Sky Blues last travelled to Kingsmeadow to take on AFC Wimbledon.

A City side, managed by Russell Slade at the time, took the lead midway through the second half thanks to a Jodi Jones effort.

The Sky Blues looked on course to take away all three points in the game, up until a last-minute goal.

Paul Robinson equalised for The Dons with a matter of seconds left on the lock to ensure the points would be shared.

Mark Robins: “The mindset for us doesn’t change we have to go about our jobs how we want to and understand what their strengths and weaknesses are.

“We’ve looked at their game last week and they are hard-working team with some good individual players.

“It will be a tough place to go, they’ve took some time adjusting to this level and they’ve done well ever since.”

Neil Cox: "If you look at the Coventry versus Scunthorpe game, a draw would have been a fair result and it was just that Scunthorpe took their chances. Coventry have made one or two additions and it's their first away game of the season, so they will have good support.

"It will be a tough game for us. They got promoted via the play-offs and there is that feel-good factor, but it's never easy as you get a shorter period of time off. They have probably only had three or four weeks of pre-season and may be lacking a little bit of fitness, but I am sure they will do really well this season. Coventry are a great club and I'm sure they will want to keep pushing on."

Form:

With pre-season now coming to an end, we take a look back at how The Dons fared leading up to the start of the Sky Bet League One season and on the opening day.

Won
– Woking 1-3 AFC Wimbledon
Lost
 - AFC Wimbledon 0-1 Queens Park Rangers
Won - AFC Wimbledon 2-1 Brighton & Hove Albion
Lost – Havant & Waterlooville 4-1 AFC Wimbledon
Draw – 
Boreham Wood 0-0 AFC Wimbledon
Won – Fleetwood Town 0-1 AFC Wimbledon

Head to Head:

Sky Blues (W): 1
Draw: 2
AFC Wimbledon (W): 0

SkyBet Odds: 

The Sky Blues head into the game as 5/2 underdogs, with the hosts 6/5 favourites and the draw available at 21/10.

In the first goalscorer market, Max Biamou is available at 13/2, whilst Jordy Hiwula is 15/2 and new signing Amadou Bakayoko at 8/1.

All odds are subject to change, for further odds on other markets click here.

Officials:

Lee Swabey will be the man in the middle of the Sky Blues clash against The Dons in Sky Bet League One action.

Swabey officiated in 18 games during the 2017/18 campaign giving a total of 57 yellow cards and one red card.

It will be the first time that Swabey has refereed a City game since the Sky Blues 2-1 away win against Crawley Town back in April.

He will be assisted by Kevin Howick and Carl Fitch-Jackson, while Bhupinder Gill will act as fourth official.


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