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Match Previews

Match Preview: MK Dons

31 October 2019

Match Previews

Match Preview: MK Dons

31 October 2019

Setting the scene…

Tranmere Rovers are back on the road on Saturday afternoon when they travel to MK Dons in Sky Bet League One, kick-off 3pm.

Micky Mellon’s men visit Buckinghamshire aiming to return to winning ways after last weekend’s home fixture against Doncaster Rovers was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch at Prenton Park.

Awaiting Rovers at Stadium MK are a Dons side, managed by Paul Tisdale, who have not won for eight games and they find themselves a place below Tranmere, in 20th position.

Team News

Forward Stefan Payne will be suspended for Rovers’ trip to MK Dons after collecting five yellow cards.

Ollie Banks, Harvey Gilmour, Mark Ellis, Evan Gumbs, Calum Woods, Ishmael Miller and Jordan Ponticelli are all sidelined through injury, while Morgan Ferrier is closing in on a return to action.

Darren Potter and Corey Blackett-Taylor could, however, return for Rovers after recent injuries.

One to Watch

Midfielder Alex Gilbey has become a key part of the MK Dons side since his arrival at the club in August 2017.

The Londoner has made over 70 appearances and been a part of a promotion-winning squad following his move from Wigan Athletic two-years ago.

Gilbey started out his career at Colchester United in 2012, where he turned out 110 times either side of a loan deal at Newport County, winning promotion from the Conference in 2013.

In June 2016, he switched to Wigan Athletic for an undisclosed fee, going onto represent the Latics on 20 occasions in the Sky Bet Championship.

Moving onto MK Dons, Gilbey played 39 games as the Buckinghamshire club were promoted from Sky Bet League Two in 2017/18.

Match Officials

Referee: Matthew Donohue

Linesmen: Phil Dermott and Mark Russell

Fourth Official: Paul Howard


The SWA have been allocated 610 tickets (600 standard match tickets, five wheelchair bay and five carer tickets) – and will be situated in the North Stand Lower of the ground.

More tickets can be requested and made available.

Tickets are sold as reserved seating and will be sold in order of row and seat number. 

Prices are as follows: 

Adult: £22

Senior 65+: £17

U18: £7

U12: FREE (with a paying adult) 1 Adult = 1 FREE Under 12

Carer: FREE

Coach travel is also available for this fixture with the coach departing Prenton Park at 9:30am. You can purchase match and travel tickets by clicking here

Past Meetings

TRFC’s record against MK Dons stands at won six, drawn two and lost 10 following on from their first league meeting, which they won 2-0, back in November 2004.

Match Coverage

The SWA can listen to uninterrupted match commentary of Tranmere Rovers’ Sky Bet League One fixture away to MK Dons.

Your match day commentary team of Phil Wilkinson, Rob Edwards and Adam Siddorn will guide you through events at Stadium MK.

iFollow Tranmere is the only place you can listen to devoted TRFC coverage and if you sign-up, you can watch exclusive behind the scenes content, interviews and match highlights.

An audio match pass on iFollow costs just £2.50!

To sign-up, CLICK HERE.

Alternatively, you can follow the action through our social media channels below, with full text coverage during the fixture, followed by a match report.

Twitter: @TranmereRovers

Facebook: @trfcofficial

Instagram: @tranmererovers

Did you know?

Rovers are unbeaten in their last four matches against MK Dons, winning three and drawing one.

David Perkins and Connor Jennings were on target in the last meeting between the two teams in Sky Bet League Two, as Tranmere won 2-1 against their promotion rivals at Prenton Park back in April. 

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