It is played one drawn one for new Sunderland boss Alex Neil, who was forced to watch his side stumble to a 1-1 draw away to AFC Wimbledon in midweek.
Not the start Neil would have been gunning for, with the former Preston North End boss now facing an upwards task if he wishes to see his side challenge for the automatic positions.
Sunderland’s current winless streak sits at an alarmingly poo four matches, with their last triumph in the league coming almost one month ago.
Understanding of the pressures the Black Cats job brings, Neil will be forced to hit the ground running, if he is to be a success in the North East.
Currently above their opponents on Saturday in the League One table, MK Dons are best placed out of the challengers to bridge the gap to Rotherham United and Wigan Athletic.
Contrary to Sunderland’s stumbling form, the Dons have enjoyed a stellar run of results in recent months, losing only one of their last 11 League One matches.
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Surprisingly, that defeat came against relegation candidate Doncaster Rovers, with Liam Manning’s side otherwise boasting a near-perfect run of results.
Confident of a result on Saturday, MK Dons will have to avenge a three-game winless run against Sunderland if they wish to take three points.
Last victorious over the Black Cats in November 2020, the hosts will be keen to see that streak stretched out to four come Saturday evening