MK Dons and AFC Wimbledon will be meeting for just the 12th time on Tuesday evening, the home team having prevailed in seven of the previous 11 games.
They are also on a six-game unbeaten streak against Wimbledon, but boss Liam Manning will be conscious of the fact that his team are not firing on all cylinders.
Just six points have come from a possible 15 in League One, their solitary victory during that period seeing them overturn a two-goal deficit to win at Lincoln City.
MK Dons have offered very little since that encounter on Boxing Day, and a 1-1 draw at Accrington Stanley was a disappointment given that their hosts played the final 56 minutes with 10 men.
Scott Twine remains as the club’s standout player this season with the versatile playmaker contributing five goals and six assists from his last eight appearances in the third tier.
AFC Wimbledon had a welcome weekend away from league action on Saturday as they squared off against non-league Boreham Wood in the FA Cup.
However, it was a disastrous afternoon for Mark Robinson’s side, who went down 2-0 to the National League outfit to bow out of the competition.
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The Dons’ five-match unbeaten streak up until December 11 had suggested that they had turned a corner this season, but they have been well off the pace in the two games since their return to action.
Although they still sit clear of the bottom four with matches in hand, Robinson is aware that that his team must take advantage of their upcoming schedule if they want to avoid dropping into the relegation zone