Our prediction for this League 1 match:
MK Dons and Oxford United square off against each other at Stadium MK in what is expected to be an interesting League One game. MK Dons aim to build on a 2-0 win over Bristol Rovers, and Oxford’s current form is surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of Saturday’s clash. Ethan Robson is likely to miss the game with injury, while Sullay Kaikai should keep his place in the starting XI after producing a fine display on his MK Dons debut at the weekend.
The Yellows, on the other hand, suffered a dip in form, and given their four-game losing run in the English third tier, home win should be considered. Billy Bodin limped off with injury in a 1-0 loss to Shrewsbury Town, with Tyler Smith likely to step up. There are no other fresh selection worries in the away team. Given Oxford United’s poor form, we predict that the hosts are going to emerge triumphant in Saturday’s encounter.
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 (Oxford United):
Oxford United are one of the oldest clubs in the League One as they were founded back in 1893. However, Oxford United adopted their current name 67 years later and have been playing under it ever since.
Over the years the Yellows have built a great rivalry with Swindon Town and there have always been fireworks in clashes between the two sides. Oxford United play home matches at Kassam Stadium, the venue with the capacity of 12,500. The stadium was built in 1997 and has been Oxford United’s home ground ever since. The Boys from Up the Hill are well known for their yellow and blue colours, but they play their away games in dark blue (with a little yellow) or black kits.
Oxford’s player with the most league appearances is John Shuker, playing 478 games for the club from 1962 to 1977. On the other hand, Jim Magilton is the club’s most capped player in internationals, playing 18 games for Northern Ireland.