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Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Blackburn a Bank Holiday banker for trip to MK Dons

Forest Green a value bet to make the most of extra rest

Blackburn's Bradley Dack
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MK Dons v Blackburn
Milton Keynes possess one of the best stadiums outside of the Premier League and unfortunately for them their top-notch venue should play right into the hands of highflying Blackburn.

Rovers are understandably odds-on shots to win on the road and they should have little trouble making it eight wins in nine games.

The only blip in their red-hot spell came in a 2-2 draw against leaders Wigan (which they had led 2-0), a game which clearly featured the best two teams in Sky Bet League One.

Tony Mowbray's men are only off the championship pace because of a slow start but in 2018 they have been immense, scoring at least twice in each of their last eight games and they have so many attacking options with Bradley Dack the star in the pack.

Dack was on target for the 16th time in League One during Thursday's 2-0 win over Bradford, a scoreline which flattered the outclassed Bantams.

Mowbray welcomes back Charlie Mulgrew and Danny Graham to boost the squad further and this could be a step too far for the relegation-threatened Dons.

Milton Keynes have given themselves a shot at survival, winning three of their last four games, but on-loan centre-back Elliott Ward, who has played a part in their upturn in fortunes, is not allowed to face his parent club.

2pts 4-5 general

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Forest Green v Colchester
The quick turnaround at Easter is always demanding on clubs so Forest Green's postponed Good Friday contest at Yeovil could point to a win for Rovers over Colchester.

United make the trip in high spirits following triumphs over Stevenage and, more impressively, Luton but the hard work needed to see off the Hatters on Friday could take its toll.

Forest Green are 21st in Sky Bet League Two, a perilous position which owes much to their awful start to life in the Football League.

Heavy investment in January has changed their fortunes, particularly at home where Forest Green have won six of their last seven.

Top scorer Christian Doidge returns for a Rovers side who have toppled Coventry and Mansfield at the New Lawn in 2018 and alongside Reuben Reid there is a genuine two-pronged goal threat.

Forest Green
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Rovers should have little trouble making it eight wins in nine games
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