GK: Jon McLaughlin
We got our first clean sheet of the season on Wednesday, and with it came huge calls for Jack Ross to start with summer signing Lee Burge after another impressive cup performance.
It’s a really tough one to call, and one we’re not 100% sure on ourselves, but we think Ross will opt for the Scotland international over Burge in the hope that the serious pressure he now has for his place will bring out the form that we all know he is capable of.
RB McLaughlin CB Lynch CB Willis LB Hume
The defence could, and should, have a whole new look to it this Saturday.
Joel Lynch simply has to start after his monstrous, almost perfect debut on Wednesday with the consistent Jordan Willis partnering him.
Despite a shaky start, Northern Irish right back Conor McLaughlin will be awarded an another opportunity at full back as we think Luke O’Nien will be placed higher up the field. On the opposite side, Laurens De Bock had a solid debut, but Ross will be looking to get behind MK and ask questions of their defence and, for that reason, we think he’ll plump for the more attacking Denver Hume.
CM Power CM McGeouch
Max Power’s screamer on Wednesday may have been the headline grabber, but the performance of the Scouse midfielder was equally impressive. He’s had to be content with a place on the bench in recent weeks, but in a game we are looking to win, Power is the most likely to start.
Alongside him we expect to see Dylan McGeouch. The former Hibs man never lets the team down, and is perfect in a game where we should have the majority of possession, with Ross looking to dominate the midfield.
RM Gooch AM O’Nien LM Maguire
As Aiden Mcgeady is struggling for fitness, we’ll most likely see Chris Maguire continue in the role he filled in Wednesday night’s League Cup win over Sheffield United.
Luke O’Nien should continue in his favoured role of the ten. His tenacity in an advanced role in recent weeks mean many fans will testify he should be there on a regular basis.
The right hand side will be manned by Lynden Gooch, who will be fresh and raring to go after his midweek rest.
CF Charlie Wyke
Marc McNulty appears to still be struggling with injury, whereas Will Grigg is simply out of form. Charlie Wyke was an imposing and impressive figure in midweek and his presence allowed the likes of O’Nien and Maguire cause havoc for the Blades defence.
Whilst Grigg showed flashes of improvement at Bolton, we are more likely to see goals with Charlie Wyke in the team, such is his ability to link play with our advanced midfield three.