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FIVE THINGS | MK DONS (AWAY)

5 October 2017

Stuart McCall's Bantams travel to Stadium MK this Saturday (7 October 2017) for their Sky Bet League One fixture with Milton Keynes Dons.

Ahead of the encounter with Robbie Neilson's Dons, we take a look at five possible talking points going into this weekend...

1. More happy MK Dons memories?
City will head into this weekend's fixture with an impressive recent record at Stadium MK. The Bantams have won their last three away fixtures in the league against MK Dons, including last season's encounter when first half goals from Josh Cullen and Billy Clarke secured a 2-1 victory. Can McCall's men keep that winning run going come Saturday afternoon?

2. Strong form from the hosts
Although City will be keen to maintain their fine run of recent results at Stadium MK, McCall's side will have to be wary of MK Dons' strong home form. The Dons have only lost once in their first five league home games of the season, with that single defeat coming on the opening day of the campaign at the hands of promotion-chasing Wigan Athletic. MK Dons' other home results so far during the 2017/2018 season have seen them draw with Oxford United and Northampton Town and beat Gillingham and Rochdale. In total, MK Dons have actually collected ten points from a possible twelve (three wins and one draw) in their last four league games home and away, keeping three clean sheets in the process.

3. Homecoming for Chicksen
If selected, City left back Adam Chicksen will make a return to home-town club Milton Keynes Dons at Stadium MK this Saturday. After originally joining Milton Keynes Dons as a fourteen-year-old, Chicksen would go on to make his first team debut with the club in 2008. The 26 year-old, who became the first Milton Keynes-born player to feature for the Dons, spent the first five years of his professional career at Stadium MK. Interestingly, Chicksen actually scored at MK Dons last season in an FA Cup tie while playing for previous club Charlton Athletic.

4. International update
City's loanee defender Adam Thompson is definitely unavailable to McCall after his call-up into the Northern Ireland national squad. Fellow Northern Ireland international Shay McCartan has remained back in Bradford, however, to continue treatment on a calf problem. Bantams shot-stopper Colin Doyle was recently called up into the Republic of Ireland squad, although City are looking into the possibility of getting him back for the MK Dons game. Ireland play World Cup qualifiers this Friday and next Monday, with City trying to arrange Doyle to fly back to England in between the two games. Should Doyle be unavailable for Saturday though, German goalkeeper Lukas Raeder will be in line to make his debut for the Bantams after moving to the Northern Commercials Stadium at the end of August. Rouven Sattelmaier remains sidelined with a hamstring problem.

5. Dieng to return?
Frenchman Timothee Dieng could be in line to make a welcome return to City's match-day squad this Saturday after previously been sidelined by a troublesome calf injury. Dieng hasn't featured with the first team since picking up the problem towards the end of the Blackburn Rovers home match in August, although he was fit enough to play 45 minutes in a friendly fixture at Manchester United on Tuesday. Dieng was given the first half of City's Development Squad behind-closed-doors match against United's reserves at the Red Devils' AON Training Complex - a game that finished 1-1.


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