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Three To Watch: The trio of in-form MK Dons players hoping to end Sunderland’s run of good form

We’ve picked out the three key players in MK Dons’ side that will be hoping to put an end to Sunderland’s run of good form at Stadium:MK this afternoon.

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Sam Nombe

19/20 Games/Goals: 13/2

The young striker has returned to stadium:MK in great form after spending his teenage years out on loan. He’s a key player for Russell Martin and will be a concern for the Sunderland defence.

Loans to Oxford City and Maidenhead United last season appear to have benefited the young Milton Keynes striker, with his form in the early part of the campaign cause for excitement amongst MK fans this season.

He’s strong and fast off the mark - Nombe shows an unpredictability often seen in young players, but far from being a hindrance to the Croydon-born striker, it appears to benefit him greatly, as fellow League One sides have found out this term.

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Jordan Houghton

19/20 Games/Goals: 21/2

With a keen eye for goal, the former Chelsea academy player had a good pedigree, having played for England at under-20 level.

Houghton has been a key peformer since his side’s promotion from League Two last season and, still just 23, had bags of experience in the third having turned out for Doncaster Rovers and Gillingham whilst still a teenager.

Confident on the ball, he has a good range of passing, whilst his energy will be a challenge for George Dobson in the middle of the park.

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Carlton Morris

19/20 Games/Goals: 2/1

Russell Martin’s first signing at MK Dons scored on his debut last week, coming off the bench to score a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw against high-flying Coventry City.

Part of Norwich City’s academy, despite being into his seventh loan spell of his career, Morris is still highly rated at Carrow Road, but will surely be hoping a successful spell in Milton Keynes will turn heads back home.

Another former youth international, Morris has played three times for England under-19’s and will certainly make hard work for Sunderland’s back three this weekend.