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Stadium:mk (ATT 7,595) 9th August 2014 - Kick off 15:00

MK Dons Milton Keynes Dons vs Gillingham Gillingham

MK Dons 4

K Hause (og 44)
W Grigg (68)
K McFadzean (70)
L Legge (og 73)

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Gillingham 2

C McDonald (7)
D Kedwell (pen 29)

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Last Updated: 08/08/14 12:53pm

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Benik Afobe: Hoping to start

Benik Afobe: Hoping to start

Team news for Saturday's League One clash between MK Dons and Gillingham at Stadium:mk.

Samir Carruthers is a doubt for MK Dons' opening game of the season against Gillingham.

Carruthers, who had a loan spell in Milton Keynes last season, has rejoined Karl Robinson's side on a permanent deal from Aston Villa but the midfielder is nursing a thigh strain.

However, fellow summer recruits Danny Green, Kyle McFadzean, Tom Hitchcock, Will Grigg and Benik Afobe are all expected to be pushing for places in the starting line-up.

Last season saw the Dons fail to mount a serious promotion challenge for the first time in four years and Robinson has said he wants his side to be League One's 'entertainers' this time around.

Peter Taylor will be looking to leading marksman Cody McDonald to lead the way up front again this term for Gillingham.

The 28-year-old netted 17 times last season to keep the Gills clear of relegation trouble in 17th place, six points above the drop zone, and Taylor goes into the new campaign with no serious injury problems.

Among the summer recruits at Priestfield Stadium are Luke Norris from Brentford, Port Vale's Doug Loft, Brighton's Ben Dickenson and young defender John Egan from Sunderland.

Jermaine McGlashan, Glenn Morris, Aaron Morris, Kortney Hause and former Manchester United and Fulham prospect Josh Pritchard are other new arrivals, but former captain Adam Barrett has been allowed to join Wimbledon on loan.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 20 42
2 Swindon Town 20 41
3 Milton Keynes Dons 19 38
4 Preston North End 20 38
5 Sheffield United 20 32
6 Rochdale 20 30
7 Notts County 19 30
8 Oldham Athletic 20 30
9 Peterborough United 20 30
10 Bradford City 20 29
11 Fleetwood Town 20 26
12 Walsall 20 26
13 Chesterfield 20 25
14 Coventry City 20 24
15 Barnsley 20 23
16 Port Vale 20 23
17 Doncaster Rovers 19 23
18 Gillingham 20 22
19 Scunthorpe United 19 22
20 Crawley Town 20 22
21 Yeovil Town 20 20
22 Leyton Orient 20 19
23 Colchester United 20 17
24 Crewe Alexandra 20 16