Bolton head to MK Dons searching for a much-needed return to form and hoping to complete the double over their hosts.

From likely line-ups to key men, the referee and odds, find out all you need to know about the game below.


MK Dons (4-3-3): Nicholls, Poole, Williams, Moore-Taylor, Lewington, Gilbey, McGrandles, Houghton, Nombe, Morris, Healey

Wanderers (4-3-3): Matthews, Emmanuel, Hobbs, Nsiala, Fleming, Lowe, Crawford, L Murphy, Politic, D Murphy, Dodoo


Russell Martin: Former Norwich City and Scotland defender who took over the reins from Paul Tisdale in November, roughly a year after joining the club as a player. Martin has imprinted a new style of play on the Dons – one based largely on playing out from the back – and it has reaped dividends in recent weeks as the club edged away from trouble.


Joe Mason could return to action for MK Dons against Wanderers – a club he played for on three occasions on loan from Cardiff City (MK Citizen)

Goalkeeper Lee Nicholls admits the new style of play brought in by manager Russell Martin at the end of last year felt “alien” (MK Citizen)

Russell Martin has thanked Norwich City for lending him Carlton Morris and Louis Thompson as he attempts to keep his side in League One (The Pink ‘Un)


At the back: Lee Nicholls – Ever-present this season, the keeper has had to adapt to a new style of play and does well with the ball at his feet.

In the middle: Jordan Houghton – Former Chelsea trainee who tends to play on the left side of midfield and can chip in with the goals.

Up front: Rhys Healy – Ex-Cardiff man who has been a goalscoring success at MK Dons so far, scoring nine in 15 games.


“We’re in charge of our own destiny. It helps us, of course, when results go your way but we are focusing on us and taking care of our own business.

“I told the players that this month could define the season and can make it easier for everyone come next month.

“We have to be aware of the threat, of course, because we’re not safe and I won’t be comfortable until it’s mathematically done, but our aim has to be on the team directly above us and chasing them down” – Russell Martin is much happier with his side’s form in the last few weeks


Played – 5

Wanderers wins – 2

Draws – 2

MK Dons wins – 1


Bolton win – 9/2, draw – 3/1, MK Dons win – 8/13


Ollie Yates – Staffordshire referee who has given out 98 yellow cards and seven reds in his 28 games this season. His last encounter with Wanderers came on September 21 last year as Keith Hill’s side drew 1-1 at home against Sunderland.


Wanderers have lost just one of their five meetings with MK Dons – and that was the first one, as Daniel Powell’s goal settled a Championship game at Stadium MK.

MK Dons striker Joe Mason is the last person to score a senior league hat-trick for Wanderers. He did it against Rotherham in a 3-2 victory on September 16, 2014.

Wanderers have not won a game at Stadium MK – their previous visit in February 2017 ending in a 1-1 draw with Jay Spearing on the scoresheet for the Whites.


There are currently 130 roundabouts in Milton Keynes. When the town was built it was decided that no building would be taller than the nearest tree – although that rule has now been relaxed. The town has been used on various film shoots, including Withnail and I and Monty Python’s Meaning of Life.


Adults – £22, Over-65s – £17, Under-18s – £7, Under-12s – Free (with a paying adult and not available online)


Accrington v Rotherham, AFC Wimbledon v Blackpool, Fleetwood v Portsmouth, Ipswich v Oxford, Lincoln v Gillingham, MK Dons v Wanderers, Rochdale v Coventry, Shrewsbury v Doncaster, Southend v Burton, Sunderland v Bristol Rovers, Wycombe v Tranmere.