Fleetwood Town welcome AFC Wimbledon to Highbury Stadium on Saturday 10th August, and we have all you need to know ahead of our first home match of the new season.
Fixture: Fleetwood Town v AFC Wimbledon
Competition: Sky Bet League One
Date: Saturday 10th August 2019
Kick-Off: 15:00 (BST)
Venue: Highbury Stadium, Park Avenue, Fleetwood, FY7 6SP
Match officials: Tom Nield (Referee), Anthony Moore & Daniel Woodward (Assistants), Mark Cunliffe (Fourth Official)
Fleetwood started off the new season with a comfortable 3-1 victory on the road at pre-season promotion hopefuls, Peterborough United.
With two early goals, both from new signings Harry Souttar and Josh Morris, it was the perfect start for Joey Barton’s side – who silenced the home faithful from the minute go. Another one of Barton’s signing rounded off the day with a stunning free-kick nine minutes from time, after Posh forward Ivan Toney pulled one back for the home side.
Ched Evans arrived at Highbury on a three-year deal early in the week, adding to Town’s attacking options for the 2019/20 campaign. With the Welsh forward scoring 18 goals in all competitions last season for Fleetwood, he will be looking to equal or go better this time round.
The Dons didn’t get off to the best start as they fell to a narrow 2-1 defeat at home to Rotherham United. Former Plymouth forward Freddie Ladapo scored United’s first goal of the season, with dangerman Joe Pigott equalising early in the second half.
With just under ten minutes to go in the match, Clark Robertson stepped up for Rotherham to make it 2-1, meaning the Yorkshire side went back up North with all three points.
LAST TIME WE MET
The last time Fleetwood and AFC Wimbledon met was on the 22nd January 2019, where Town came out 3-0 winners at Kingsmeadow.
With Fleetwood’s latest signing, Ched Evans scoring two early goals on the night, it was finished off by Ash Hunter – who headed in the third from close range.
Watch the full highlights below:
ONE TO WATCH: JOE PIGOTT
The one to watch for AFC Wimbledon is Joe Pigott. The forward began his footballing career at Charlton Athletic in 2012, where he spent four years at the club. First team football was tough to come by for the now 25-year-old, so loan spells at Gillingham, Newport and Southend followed.
After time out on loan, League Two side Cambridge United came calling and the youngster scored his first goal for the club in their 1-0 win away at Shrewsbury in the EFL Trophy.
Pigott signed for the Dons in January 2018, and the forward scored four minutes into his debut in their 2-0 home victory over Blackpool, having only entered the match on the 73rd minute.
He has scored 12 goals for AFC Wimbledon in just under 12 months, with his first of this season coming against Fleetwood on the opening day win at Highbury.
The forward scored 18 goals last campaign, and has already got off the mark this season with his goal against Rotherham in their 2-1 defeat on home soil.
WHAT CLINT HILL HAD TO SAY:
Fleetwood’s first team coach Clint Hill was on media duty ahead of the match against the Dons, and you can listen to the full interview live on iFollow.
Adults - £22
Seniors (60+) - £17
Under 16 - £7
Supporters can buy their tickets on the Fleetwood Town ticketing website, as well as purchasing them in store at Poolfoot Farm or Highbury Stadium, and over the phone on (01253) 775080.
For Fleetwood to make it back to back wins in the league, Town fans can get odds of 4/5 to pick up all three points. A draw between the two sides is currently priced at 23/10.
With Joey Barton’s side coming away from Kingsmeadow with a 3-0 victory over Wally Downes Dons in January, for the same result at Highbury, the odds are at 14/1.
For the Cod Army to win 1-0, 2-0, or 2-1, you can now get the odds of 13/8.
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