MK Dons vs Macclesfield preview
Last Updated: 16/11/18 1:56pm
Joe Walsh is a major doubt for MK Dons as they prepare to host bottom club Macclesfield.
The defender hobbled off against Brighton Under-21s on Tuesday night after he landed awkwardly challenging for a header and the club are awaiting the results of scans on the injury. Should Walsh miss out, as is likely, Jordan Moore-Taylor will come into the team.
Osman Sow has resumed training after an injury absence and he has a chance of being in the squad on Saturday. However, the visit of the Silkmen will come too soon for Peter Pawlett and Ryan Harley.
Ryan Lloyd and Elliott Durrell returned from injury in the FA Cup defeat at Maidstone and should feature again for Macclesfield. Their return to fitness means that Callum Evans and Danny Whitaker are the only remaining injury concerns.
Rhys Taylor could return in goal for the Silkmen after Kieran O'Hara, on loan from Manchester United, played in the cup games against Maidstone and West Brom Under-21s. Keith Lowe and Nathan Blissett are others who will also be hoping for a recall.
MK Dons have never lost to Macclesfield Town in the Football League (W2 D2).
This will be the first Football League meeting between MK Dons and Macclesfield since the 2007/08 season also in the fourth tier - both games ended in draws.
MK Dons have lost just one of their 17 league games so far this season (W9 D7) and are unbeaten in nine since their 1-2 defeat against Lincoln back in September (W6 D3) - they last went on a longer unbeaten run in the Football League between March and August 2015 when competing between League One and the Championship (run of 12).
Only Bradford City (13/17) have lost more league games across the top four tiers of English Football this season than Macclesfield (12/17).
Macclesfield have conceded 11 goals from set piece situations so far this season - more than any other League Two side.
It took a little while for MK Dons to find their form this season but now it looks like they cannot stop winning. Six in their last seven games have seen them move into second, hot on the heels of leaders Lincoln.
Macclesfield may have avoided that record run without a win a few weeks ago but it has not provided the momentum most would have hoped. They are seven points adrift of safety now and the situation does not look likely to improve any time soon. Home win.
David Prutton predicts: 2-0 (11/2 with Sky Bet)