A huge crowd is expected at Stadium MK on Saturday for the League Two promotion decider between MK Dons and Mansfield Town.
The Stags are set to be roared on by over 5,000 fans in an impressive show of support for David Flitcroft’s team
Tickets have been selling like hot cakes in Nottinghamshire, and the Yellow hordes will descend on Milton Keynes knowing a point will be enough to see them secure automatic promotion to League One.
They also know that defeat will see their hosts claim the coveted prize of a top three finish and leave the Yellows facing the dreaded prospect of the playoffs.
The crowd for the crucial match looks set to be one of the largest ever for a League Two fixture, with MK Dons fans having already snapped up 11,000 tickets, no doubt taking advantage of several promotional offers the club has been offering to boost the home support.
The teams are evenly matched and drew the reverse fixture 1-1 at the One Call Stadium in October in front of a crowd of 4,329.
The fact that both clubs have invested heavily this season in an effort to get promotion will heighten both the tension and the pressure. The stakes are most definitely high for a match in which the team that deals best with the occasion will most likely get promoted leaving the other in the playoffs.
It is incredible that fourth tier football in this country can attract such attendance figures and interest.
Of course, it is a massive match with unique circumstances, but both clubs deserve credit for shifting that amount of tickets.
It is likely to be a dramatic and emotion-filled day, and at 5 00 pm, one of the clubs will see the amount spent this year as worthwhile while the other will go into the lottery of the playoffs still searching for a return on their considerable investment.
The result is almost impossible to call with both teams faltering last week
However, I think the Stags will get at least the point they need against an MK Dons side heavily depleted through injuries, but the pressure involved means anything could happen.