Preview: AFC Wimbledon v Bradford City

On Saturday, we play a resurgent AFC Wimbledon. Their win against Oxford 4 games ago catapulted them above bitter rivals, MK Dons (Looks around for anyone who gives a shit about MK Dons). Their form of late has been fantastic; after losing their first 3 games of the season, they’ve started to settle into League 1 life. They’ve slowly climbed the league and sit in the play-off positions, in 6th.

What system do they play?

The Dons tend to switch between a 4-4-2 and a 4-5-1 system, depending on the opposition. They played a 4-5-1 system against Peterborough which worked wonders for them, stifling Peterborough’s midfield and getting a goal through Tom Elliott. Like City (and a lot of other League 1 clubs), they’ve struggled for a prolific scorer, with top scorer, Lyle Taylor on 5 league goals.

What to watch out for

The obvious bits we gleaned from the televised game v Oxford, was that AFC Wimbledon are a physical force, much like a lot of clubs in this division. With City not being as physical as previous seasons, we will need to be careful not to get bullied off the ball, as we were against an aggressive Shrewsbury side. Patience and guile is what will be needed if we are to get the best out of a performance at Kingsmeadow.

Key Players

With cult hero, Akinfenwa (thankfully) gone, the mantle has been passed onto Lyle Taylor. Their top scorer will cause our defence considerable problems if not dealt with correctly. The 6ft 2in striker is well traveled and has found a good home at Wimbledon, scoring 24 goals in 56 appearances. Keeping him quiet will be one of many tasks that the City defensive unit will have to face. From what I’ve seen, our midfield will need to win the battle, particularly with Bulman in front of their back 4. We’ll need to get between the lines to threaten a team who will, most probably, defend as a unit.

Ref Watch

Graham Horwood (Luton) – In 11 games this season he has given 52 Yellow & 4 Red, over twice the average.

Stats

3 Consecutive away wins
8 Matches undefeated
Last 6 games for Wimbledon have resulted in 4 wins, 2 draws, 0 defeats
Since AFC were formed, we have played each other 5 times in league and cup. The two sides have never drawn, Bradford winning 2 and AFC Wimbledon winning 3.
Both teams have scored in every meeting between the two sides and there has been over 2.5 goals in every game
Record scoring game, 25/08/2012 – Bradford City 5-1 AFC Wimbledon

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