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Preview: AFC Wimbledon v Fleetwood Town

29 March 2018

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Preview: AFC Wimbledon v Fleetwood Town

29 March 2018

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Fleetwood will look for three straight wins for the first time since August when they travel to Wimbledon on Good Friday.

Wimbledon lost 1-0 to top of the table Shrewsbury on Saturday, despite the league leaders being reduced to ten men.

With three points separating the two clubs, it could prove crucial to the League One relegation fight.

Fleetwood head coach John Sheridan said:

“They are a team in and around us. I know Neal Ardley and his assistant well and it’ll be a very tough game.

“They’re they home side, they’ll be expecting to win the game.

“They’ll know the importance of trying to win the game so I’m expecting a really tough game, but at the same time we’re going there to try and pick three points up and that’s our main objective.”

Wimbledon captain Barry Fuller said:

“We can draw encouragement from recent home games.

“We should always feel that we are a match for anyone at home with the atmosphere around the ground.

“Our fans always get behind us and I’m sure that will be the same on Friday.

“It’s a nice, tight pitch, that we are used to playing on and we get after teams.”

Form guide

Fleetwood – D D D W W

Wimbledon – D L W D L

Fleetwood remain unbeaten under head coach John Sheridan, with three straight clean-sheets and back-to-back 2-0 victories against Rochdale and Northampton.

Wimbledon have struggled for consistency recently with two wins in their last 10 league games.

The Dons sit 19th in the table, two points above the drop zone.

We’ve met before

Fleetwood have met Wimbledon on seven occasions, four in League Two and three in League One.

All the meetings have come in the last 6 years, with the first coming in October 2012 in League Two that ended in a 1-1 draw.

The corresponding fixture this season ended in Fleetwood’s first and only victory against Wimbledon with two Devante Cole strikes separating the sides in a 2-0 win.

Wimbledon edge the head to head, with two wins and the rest all ending level.

One to Watch

Lyle Taylor is Wimbledon’s top scorer this season, with 12 goals in 36 appearances.

Starting his career in Millwall, the striker made an impression on loan at Concord Rangers with 34 goals in 42 games.

The London-born forward continued his career at Bournemouth when the side were in League One in 2010, before moving north of the border to Falkirk where he scored 24 in 34 games.

Taylor then endured two very similar seasons, spending the first half of the 2013-14 season at Sheffield United and the second half at Partick Thistle.

The forward then joined Scunthorpe in 2014 and spent the second half of the campaign again at Partick scoring 15 goals for the three clubs over the two seasons.

The Montserrat international has spent the last three seasons at AFC Wimbledon and has scored double figures in the league in each of his three campaigns.

Fancy a Flutter?

EFL Partners Sky Bet have announced their odds for the upcoming fixture.

Despite excellent recent form, John Sheridan’s side are slight underdogs at 23/10 to win at the Cherry Red Records Stadium, while a draw is 21/10. A home win for AFC Wimbledon is listed as 13/10.

The last time the teams clashed was back in August, when Fleetwood maintained their 100% start to the league season with a Devante Cole brace and a 2-0 win.

For the Cod Army to do the same this time around would give odds of 14/1.

But, for AFC Wimbledon to get revenge and win 2-0 themselves, there are odds of 17/2.

All odds are subject to change. Please gamble responsibly.

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