Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Accrington welcome MK Dons at the Wham Stadium in a highly-anticipated relegation six-pointer. The Accy Stanley suffered a dip in form, with the team failing to win the previous three league fixtures, and given their shaky defence, home win should not be considered. To make things even worse for the home side, first-choice goalkeeper Lukas Jensen is banned for the match following his sending off in the midweek defeat.
The Dons, on the other hand, did well to beat Cambridge United thanks to Mohamed Eisa’s goal at the weekend, but that did not help them escape the relegation zone. Anyhow, an interesting encounter is on the cards at the Wham Stadium, and seeing that both sides will go for a win, we are tempted to put our money on both teams to score. There are no fresh injury worries in the visiting team ahead of the trip to Lancashire.
Highlighted Player (Will Grigg):
Wighan Athletic striker Will Grigg became a viral sensation during the European Championship in France but the chances are any avid football fan will have been well aware of his goalscoring exploits even before 2016. The 27-year-old forward began his career at Stratford Town but it was in Walsall that the world took notice of his presence after 27 goals in 99 performances for the club.
He first came to prominence during the 2012/13 season when he was voted the club’s Player of the Season and Players’ Player of the Season, but a loan spell at Milton Keynes Dons during his rather unfortunate two-year spell over at Brentford proved crucial for his career.
The total of 20 goals in 44 appearances at Stadium MK was where Wigan Athletic noticed the Northern Ireland man and moved in to sign him on a three year contract for a £1 million fee in 2015. ‘Will Grigg’s on Fire’ was the hit song of the Euro 2016 even though the Northern Ireland striker ended up not getting a chance to make a bow in the tournament.
Highlighted Team (Accrington):
Founded back in 1891 and reformed in 1968, Accrington Stanley are an English football club that compete in the League One. The original team competed in the Football League from 1921 to 1962, spending the last four seasons in Lancashire Combination.
The Accy are well known for their red home kit, whilst they wear sky blue shirts and white shorts when playing on the travels. The League One side play their home games at Crown Ground, the stadium which can hold up to 5,450 spectators (3,100 seated). Accrington have been playing at Crown Ground since 1970.
Listed as the all-time favourite player amongst fans, Chris Grimshaw is one of the most famous Accrington Stanley footballers. However, George Stewart is the team’s top scorer, netting 136 goals in total from 1954 to 1958. It has to be noted that the Accy have yet to represent England in European competitions.