Date: 20th February 2015 at 1:41pm
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MK Dons face local rivals Peterborough on Saturday as they look to maintain their position in the top two.

After two consecutive losses, the Dons managed a 1-0 win at Colchester on Tuesday night so will be full of confidence at stadium:mk after three games on the road.

The big news for the Dons is that David Martin will once again be sidelined with a thigh injury. His replacement, Ian McLoughlin, recovered from a terrible showing in the loss to Gillingham to put in a comfortable performance against Colchester. However, Peterborough will be tougher opponents than the U`s and McLoughlin will have to raise his game.

Randall and Bowditch are still injured and we are still awaiting news on the extent of Dele Alli`s injury after the star midfielder was forced off against Colchester.

New loan signing from Fulham George Williams put in a good performance for his debut on Tuesday, and will be pushing for a start along with the usual contenders.

Sitting in 10th Peterborough are much lower in the table than where they would aspire to be. Results recently have been mixed and Tuesday`s 2-0 loss at Bristol City leaves them four points outside the top six.

However, the Dons haven`t beaten their rivals since 2011. The Posh have the 4th best defensive record in the division, although hopefully they won`t be able deal with the league`s best attacking side, the Dons having netted 36 at home this campaign.

Peterborough will hope that both Joe Newell (groin) and Marcus Maddison (knee) will be fit, although Kyle Vassell (ankle) remains unavailable.

Dons boss Karl Robinson was hopeful that his side could perform better than they have done in the past against Peterborough, telling mkdons.com:

“We are looking forward to playing against a good Peterborough side and I`m sure both sets of players and fans will see it as a difficult afternoon.

‘They blew us out the water last year and we were bitterly disappointed with that so we need to perform better this year.’

Meanwhile Peterborough boss Darren Ferguson seemed confident of a positive result against the Dons:

‘It’s a game we’ve always seemed to do well in. We’ve got a great rivalry with Milton Keynes. The fans always turn out in abundance and we hope to get a result for them.

‘MK seem a lot more resilient this season. I think they’ve got a belief that they can go all the way. But they will be fearful of playing against Peterborough, because we have a good record against them.’

Let`s just hope that we buck the trend on Saturday and pick up three points.