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Stockport v MK Dons: Prediction, Tips and Odds

Stockport County welcome MK Dons to Edgeley Park on Saturday evening in League Two in a game that could go a long way to deciding who secures an automatic promotion spot.

Only two places and one point separate the two sides ahead of kick-off, but it is the hosts that have the upper hand, while they also have two games in hand on MK Dons.

Stockport v MK Dons

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Stockport v MK Dons betting tips and predictions

Under 2.5 goals - 19/20

The first meeting between these two sides finished 2-1 to Stockport in September, but there was little riding on that encounter last year.

We are now into the closing stretch of the season, and both teams have a realistic chance of earning promotion.

Stockport have not found themselves outside the top three since October, but they are in danger of slipping out of the automatic promotion spots with just a few weeks left of the campaign.

Dave Challinor's side may soon find themselves playing catch-up if they lose on Saturday, while a positive result could help them keep pace with leaders Mansfield Town.

The Hatters have one game in hand over the Stags, while they have two in hand over the Dons, who will also be desperate to avoid defeat.

Confidence is low in Stockport's dressing room after just one win in their last seven games in League Two, while MK Dons have lost five of their last eight away games, failing to score in all of them.

Alex Gilbey over 0.5 shots on target - 10/11

If MK Dons are to pick up a positive result on Saturday night, then Alex Gilbey is likely to be at the heart of their better work.

The midfielder has scored nine goals this season to help the club's promotion push, and he may feel like he should have scored more.

Gilbey has registered 79 shots this season, with 34 of them hitting the target. He averages two shots per match and is in a rich vein of form, having scored in three of his last six appearances.

MK Dons striker Max Dean is still nursing an injury, so Gilbey's creative threat from midfield will be relied upon, and he should be able to at least test Stockport goalkeeper Ben Hinchcliffe.

Half-time result - Draw - 5/4

Earning promotion in any league is a tall order, but the gruelling schedule in League Two can eventually catch up with some teams.

Stockport won 13 games in a row in all competitions from September to November, but their recent form suggests they need a change of fortunes.

Facing another promotion rival is not the ideal scenario this week, but they have the games in hand that should help them cement their position in the top three.

What Challinor's team will look to do is avoid defeat, and while one win in seven does not suggest they are in form, they are unbeaten in five.

Four draws during that time suggests they are stubborn enough to keep things tight, and they will look to do that at least until half-time.

Challinor has claimed that both teams "have to win," but that could be pre-match chatter to try to unsettle the MK Dons dressing room.

The reality is, both teams are in a fantastic position if they want to secure promotion, and will look to give nothing away, especially in the opening exchanges.

While MK Dons have won three of their last four in the fourth tier, their away from is inconsistent. Five defeats in eight suggests there is a problem on the road, and the fact that they failed to score in all of those games indicates they may struggle to get going on Saturday.

In front of a passionate Edgeley Park crowd, MK Dons will look to silence them quickly, and this could be a dogfight that goes down to the wire, so backing the half-time draw seems the sensible play.

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Stockport v MK Dons odds

Stockport - 4/5
Draw -
13/5
MK Dons -
7/2

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This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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