EXETER CITY - MK DONS
Things could have gone badly awry for Dons in the summer, when they lost yet another coach, but they acted quickly and brought a hungry Paul Ince back to the club and the changeover has been fairly seemless. Ince had a lot of success in his previous reign, he knows what makes the club tick and after his Blackburn debacle, not all of which was his fault, he is keen to re-establish himself.
Dons seem sure to be involved in the playoff picture and considering they have a number of key players injured, their start to the season has been very impressive and they remain unbeaten. Several of these long term injured are back in training and all will return in the next couple of weeks. September will be a big month, with division title favourites Leeds and free scoring Huddersfield coming to town, by which time we will have a clear idea of their promotion credentials.
We discussed their road form last season on several occasions and it bears repeating, over the last two seasons and a bit (two games), they are 33-9-6 in 48 starts, which means they have avoided deteat in 87.5% of those games, winning an incredible 69%.They have the ideal system for playing away from home and have perfected the art.
Exeter have made a pleasing enough start to life in Division 1, but I cannot get away from the idea that two consecutive promotions will catch up with them this season and remember, just 15 months ago they were still a non league side, competing in the BSP playoffs. Goals, both through pre season and league and cup starts to date have been scarce and it is fairly easy to see why, they simply are not creating enough chances. No side at this level have had fewer attempts on goal and their opponents today are averaging an incredible six chances per game more, with Dons also very difficult to break down, especially when they take the lead, City should be in for a very tough afternoon. Away win.
6 points MK Dons -1/4 ball 2.04 asian line.