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Match preview: Fleetwood Town v AFC Wimbledon

18 August 2017

The Cod Army are getting ready for their third Sky Bet League One fixture of the season as they take on AFC Wimbledon at Highbury on Saturday (3pm).

Fleetwood will be looking to continue their 100% record from the opening two weeks of the season, where they beat Rotherham United on the opening weekend before scoring a late goal at Sixfields Stadium to overcome Northampton Town.

Mixed start for Wimbledon

It's been a mixed start to the season for Wimbledon who have drawn one and lost two after playing three games in all competitions.

Their season began with a 1-1 draw against Scunthorpe United, with new loan signing Jimmy Abdou scored his first goal for the Dons, before they were defeated by Brentford 3-1 in the first round of the Carabao Cup.

Wimbledon then started their home campaign with a loss to Shrewsbury Town as a goal from Alex Rodman in the opening ten minutes was the only goal in the game. The Dons needed 'keeper George Long to make a few saves to keep them in it but a late surge was not enough to share the points.

We've Met Before

Town have not had a great past against the Wombles as after eight meetings, they are yet to come out with a win. The record between the two clubs currently stands at three draw and five Wimbledon wins.

In the two meetings last season, both sides ended up with two points as neither team could thwart the other. The first of the two, at Kingsmeadow, ended 2-2 whilst the meeting at Highbury finished goalless.

Ones to Watch

Midfielder Jimmy Abdou started his career in English football when he was scouted by Plymouth Argyle in 2007. Abdou made the move to Millwall one season later and has since played almost 300 games for them. This season, he has been loaned out to the Dons, where he has played a part in each of their games and also scored on the opening day against Scunthorpe.

Another one to watch is winger Andy Barcham. The man from Basildon has been with the Wombles since 2015 and has impressed throughout his time there. The Tottenham Hotspur youth player has scored 10 goals in 71 appearances so far but is yet to get off the mark this season.

One player who has stood out in all the games so far is goalkeeper George Long. Even though he has conceded goals in the opening games of the season, he has played an integral part as their shot-stopper. He may be a tough one to beat on Saturday.

Ticket News

Tickets are still available for all supporters. Fans are advised to buy in advance of the match, either online here, at the ticket office at Highbury Stadium, or by calling 01253 775080. Adult tickets start from just £22!


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