AFC Wimbledon (A): Match Preview

A first visit to Plough Lane for United and their sold-out away following this weekend as they come up against an under-performing AFC Wimbledon side who’ll be fired up in their battle to avoid the drop.

The U’s come into this one off the back of another defeat against the other lesser-liked Dons though they did play well throughout that encounter, a performance that they can hopefully build on with some big games on the horizon.

With only 15 points separating the two clubs, a win for Cambridge on Saturday will all-but-confirm their League One status this season. Meanwhile Wimbledon are in desperate need of a win as they look for their first three points since December 7th.

Takeaways from Bonner’s presser

  • Targeting an important 3 points
  • Knows not to be complacent even with the Dons run of form
  • Wants to finish the season strongly
  • Knows his team can match anyone in the division 

Expected line-up

After a strong performance against Milton Keynes, I’m not expecting too many changes. Apart from Liam O’Neil dropping out of the team for Adam May, I’m also expecting Wes Hoolahan to return to the XI to give Sam Smith a well-earned rest.

Mitov; Williams, Okedina, Jones, Dunk; Digby, May; Knibbs, Hoolahan, Brophy; Big Joe. 

Opposition preview

This season has been a tumultuous one for the Dons, having dropped into the relegation zone in recent weeks after heavy defeats against the likes of Cheltenham, Bolton and Oxford.

Having not won a game since a shock 2-0 win away at Accrington in December, they look destined for a return back to League 2 if their dismal run continues. 

Who is their player to watch?

Top scorer Jack Rudoni is a threat in front of goal for The Wombles, taking over the reins of leading the line after the departure of Ollie Palmer in January. Other players to keep an eye on are midfielders Luke McCormick and Ayoub Assal.

Who’s in the dugout?

Club stalwart Mark Robinson is in charge at Plough Lane and has been with the club since 2004. After the dismal run of form, the club decided to publicly back Robinson after criticism from fan groups. 

What’s their recent form like?

L, L, L, L, D.

Any ex-United players?

There’s no current links between the clubs, however notable players who have featured for both teams include Tommy Elliott, Kwesi Appiah and, err… Ade Azeez.

Last time out

A matchday album to listen to

Looking for a pop fix as you battle the M25? Look no further than Crash, the critically-acclaimed fifth album from Charli XCX. Dream-pop at its finest, highlights on this include Good Ones, Beg For You and Used To Know Me.

The UTAS team’s terrible Moosenet predictions

Marc: 2-1 Cambridge – Big Joe, May

Jordan: 1-0 AFC

Owen: 2-1 United, Ironside

Matt: 2-0 United, Ironside

Jack: 0-0, Tolaj MOM

Tom: 3-0 Cambridge

Julian: 1-1, Ironside

From the archive

A literal game of two halves here from 2014. After a Tommy Elliott offside goal, the U’s turned it around thanks to Leon Legge and Sir Barry Corr.

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