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Promoted pair to meet again: Milton Keynes Dons v Preston North End

14 August 2015

Milton Keynes Dons and Preston North End meet in Match Round 2 of the Sky Bet Championship, just months after the pair were pushing for promotion from the tier below.

Bristol City may have ran away with things in Sky Bet League 1 last term, but the battle beneath the Robins went right to the wire.

Despite a lengthy unbeaten run, Preston could not shake off Milton Keynes in the race for second, and promotion was decided on the final day.

North End faltered under the pressure, losing 1-0 to Colchester United in a dramatic climax to the season, and Karl Robinson's men leapfrogged them thanks to a 5-1 rout of Yeovil Town – one of many thumping victories by The Football League's top scorers of 2014/15.

However, all was forgotten just weeks later when Simon Grayson led his men to Play-Off victory at Wembley, taking their place in the Championship alongside the Dons.

And now, the pair will lock horns once again with MK already showing their attacking prowess in Match Round 1. A 4-1 win at Rotherham United sent the Dons to the top of the table, but can they bring a barren run against their opponents to an end this weekend?

The duo have met eight times over the past four campaigns and Preston are yet to be defeated, albeit only winning two of the matches. The other six have been draws, but both victories for the Lilywhites have come on the road – including a 2-0 win back in March.

Both sides recorded Capital Cup Round 1 victories in midweek but the focus is quickly back on The League, with Dons boss Robinson refusing to get carried away following a similar start last season.

“We won the first two games at the beginning of last year and then went to Peterborough United and got beat on the Saturday,” he told the club's official website.

“We know that’s just around any corner in football so we need to make sure we dust ourselves off and go again."

Grayson made changes for their midweek win at Crewe Alexandra and, speaking to Preston's official site, praised his squad who may have given him food for thought ahead of this weekend's clash.

"We said to the players before the game that the changes we made were't going to weaken us. Any of those players could have gone into the team at the weekend and could do this weekend against MK Dons.”

You can keep an eye on how the two teams fare on Saturday afternoon by following our matchday Twitter, updated via @SkyBetChamp.

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