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Milton Keynes Dons vs Wycombe Wanderers
Saturday 1st February 2020 (kick off 3pm)
Referee: Darren Handley
Wanderers' record in Buckinghamshire so far this season has been a major driving force behind their second-place standing in League 1, so they'll hope for more home comforts up the road in Milton Keynes as they take on a Dons outfit who've pulled themselves away from the relegation zone under new manager Russell Martin.
February 1st will mark the 10-year anniversary of Gareth Ainsworth joining Wycombe on a permanent deal after leaving QPR, and he goes head-to-head in the dugout with a former Wanderer in Martin, with whom he recently completed a Diploma in Football Management at the University of Liverpool.
MK have won four of their last five games on home turf, while the Blues are looking for a remedy to recent travel sickness which leaves them currently without an away win or goal since they visited Tranmere in November.
They will of course be buoyed by a stylish performance in Tuesday's 2-1 win over Blackpool, and fans are advised to stay beyond the finish, with each of the past five encounters all including stoppage-time goals.
Wanderers fans are encouraged to join in with a minute's applause in the 62nd minute in memory of Mark Bird, who passed away after falling ill ahead of Tuesday's game at Adams Park. The Wycombe players will be wearing t-shirts bearing his name during the warm-up as a mark of respect.
Tickets are available to buy on arrival at Stadium MK.
Prices are as follows:
Seniors (65+): £17
Under 18s: £7
Under 12s: FREE
Away tickets made available for collection can be picked up from the home club's stadium from 1.30pm on the day of the game.
Giles Phillips is available again following suspension, with just Fred Onyedinma and Jack Grimmer on the treatment table.
MK Dons expect to have Conor McGrandles available again after injury, while Joe Mason is a doubt.
Wycombe will play in blue at Stadium MK.
The referee is Darren Handley, who was in charge of the 3-0 win over Rochdale in September, and has shown 88 yellow and eight red cards in 24 matches so far.
By Adrian Wood
POST CODE: MK1 1ST
Using the car? These are the recommended road directions
Please note that the stadium is nowhere near the centre of Milton Keynes. If you do get lost follow directions to Bletchley and/or IKEA. Follow the brown football signs which are located on all main approaches to the area. From Wycombe take the A4010 and the A413 to Aylesbury. Follow signs to the A418, Leighton Buzzard and Milton Keynes. Bear left at the roundabout onto the A4146. At the Kelly’s Kitchen roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A5. Exit the road signposted Central Bletchley and take the first exit off Redmoor Roundabout. The stadium turning is on the left.
Mileage from High Wycombe = 36 (The journey should take around 1 hour)
Recommended area for car parking
There are 2,000 car parking spaces at the stadium, which cost £7 per vehicle. Otherwise, you can street park in the Denbigh West industrial estate. After passing the stadium entrance on your left, turn right at the next roundabout, called Granby roundabout, and then take the next turn left, and immediately left again onto the industrial estate called Denbigh West. Don't park at the adjacent Asda Store as you may end up with a £60 parking ticket.
Using the train?
This is not really recommended. The nearest station is Fenny Stratford on the local Bletchley-Bedford line. This is just over a mile away. Bletchley station is about two miles away. Milton Keynes Central is about four miles away but Arriva do operate a half hourly bus service from there (journey time around 20 minutes).
Facilities for away fans
The ground capacity is 30,500 (all seated). Away supporters are normally located in the North East Corner. The view of the playing action and leg room are both good and the concourses are spacious offering a good range of food. The Club operates automatic turnstiles, where you put your ticket (which has a barcode on it) into a slot reader and a green light will signify that one can enter. Programmes (priced £3) are bought outside the stadium. Visiting supporters can purchase tickets on the day of the game from the Box Office as well as the away cash booth, which is situated by the away end. The MKD phone number is 01908 622 922.
Time on your hands?
The stadium is located adjacent to the A5, but well away from the centre of Milton Keynes, so there is little on offer in the way of pubs. Very nearby though are KFC & McDonalds outlets, plus recently opened behind the North Stand, is an Odeon Cinema that also has several eating places out front. There is also Fenny Stratford which is located a mile south of the stadium along Watling Street. This apparently has seven pubs within a five-minute walk of each other plus a fish and chip shop.
Watch live on iFollow from outside the UK & Ireland, or listen to the audio commentary (£2.50 for the game, £4.49 monthly, or £45 for the year).