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Match Preview – AFC Wimbledon (H)

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Tomorrow afternoon sees a clash between the two most out of form teams in the league as AFC Wimbledon host Crewe Alexandra at the Alexandra Stadium.

This Season:

They sit in 22nd place after wins against Doncaster Rovers, Oxford United, Morecambe, Lincoln City, us and Accrington Stanley, they have drawn against Bolton Wanderers, Gillingham twice, Ipswich Town, Burton Albion twice, Sheffield Wednesday, Fleetwood Town, Wycombe Wanderers, Morecambe, Portsmouth, Shrewsbury Town, Cheltenham Town, Sunderland, Doncaster Rovers, Charlton Athletic and MK Dons while they have lost against Sunderland, Plymouth Argyle twice, Shrewsbury, Rotherham United twice, Wigan Athletic twice, Cambridge United twice, Portsmouth, Oxford, MK Dons, Ipswich, Charlton, Bolton, Lincoln, Cheltenham and Sheffield Wednesday.

They were knocked out by Arsenal in the Carabao Cup 3rd Round after knocking Charlton and Northampton Town in the previous rounds while they also went out of the same stage of the FA Cup to Boreham Wood after knocking out Guiseley and Cheltenham.

They would finish 3rd in their EFL Trophy group after a win against Portsmouth before defeats against Crystal Palace Under-21s and Sutton United.

Transfers:

Since the last meeting, they have signed goalkeeper Nathan Broome, defender Lee Brown, midfielder Tomas Kalinauskas (on loan) as well as forwards Egli Kaja, Derick Osei, Terry Ablade and Sam Cosgrove (the latter two on loan).

They have allowed forward Ollie Palmer to join Wrexham permanently while 9 players have left the club on loan deals.

Head-to-Head:

Alex Wins: 2
Dons Wins: 1
Draws: 2

Biggest Alex Win: 3-1 at Kingsmeadow in October 2011
Biggest Dons Win: 3-2 at Plough Lane in November 2021

Last Meeting:

AFC Wimbledon 3-2 Crewe Alexandra, 23rd November 2021

Chris Long would open the scoring for the visitors in the 11th minute with Jack Rudoni equalising 13 minutes later. Ollie Palmer would score twice (35 & 44) before the break, the latter from the penalty spot before Chris Porter would get one back a minute from time with Ayoub Assal getting sent off late in stoppage-time.

Alex: Richards; Thomas (McFadzean 73), Sass-Davies, Williams; Kashket, Lowery, Murphy (Griffiths 73), Gomes (Finney 50), Adebisi; Long, Porter

Dons: Tzanev; Osew (Lawrence 74), Heneghan, Csoka, Guinness-Walker; Woodyard, Hartigan; Assal, McCormick (Marsh 83), Rudoni; Palmer (Pressley 77)

Played for Both:

The following players have been contracted to both teams:

Goalkeepers: n/a

Defenders: Semi Ajayi, Danny Blanchett, Chris Hussey, Mat Mitchel-King, Terell Thomas

Midfielders: n/a

Forwards: Dan Agyei

Officials:

The officials for this game have been announced here with David Webb the referee, Bhupinder Gill and Jonathan Hunt are his assistants with Darren Handley the fourth official. The following Crewe games have been refereed by Webb in the last 5 years:

  • Blackburn Rovers 3-3 Crewe Alexandra (3rd December 2017, FA Cup) – Porter (2), Nolan
  • Accrington Stanley 1-0 Crewe Alexandra (13th February 2018)

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