“A Game They Can’t Afford To Lose” – The Real EFL Pundits Predict MK Dons vs Crewe Alexandra

The promotion battle in League Two is one of the most intriguing there has ever been in the EFL. Throughout the season, a handful of teams have been in and around the fight, and there are still six who have a realistic chance.

However, one of the teams who have been in the upper echelons of the table all season are Crewe Alexandra. This weekend, they face MK Dons, a team who have moved up into the fight in recent months.

Crewe come into this after losing only three matches in 2024, winning eight. However, two of those losses have come in recent weeks, with back-to-back defeats against Morecambe and Doncaster Rovers. They followed them up with a 1-0 victory against bottom-of-the-league Sutton United in midweek but will need to build on that now if they wish to continue their push for the top three.

MK Dons on the other hand have had a rollercoaster season. Starting with Graham Alexander as manager, they struggled to get a real foothold in games, seeing him sacked in October with the club sat in 16th. Mike Williamson came in and has hit the ground running, with his men now sat in fifth in the table.

They have managed some strong victories in recent weeks, such as an away win against Mansfield Town. They know that winning this will boost their promotion chances massively.

Here’s how two of The Real EFL’s writing team see this one going…

Charlie Beeston

“Inconsistency. It’s possibly the most commonly used word in League Two, yet that does not mean it is any less applicable, especially for the home side. MK have played some scintillating football under Williamson, however, there is no denying that the losses against sides in the division that on paper they should be beating could come to cost them. 

Crewe have had a strong, but steady season. When looking through their season, little stands out. Their fifth in the league on goals scored, but mid-table for goals conceded. However, what they’ve done is been more consistent than most around them, putting themselves in a great position ahead of this game.

There is no doubt, this is a six-pointer of the greatest magnitude for these sides. Three points either way could see them climb into the top three. Although, it is the home side I am backing in this one.”

MK Dons 2-1 Crewe Alexandra

Ivan Newsome

“With realistic chances of automatic promotion, both teams will be up for this. Only goal difference splits the two sides in the League Two table currently, Crewe’s superior goal difference putting them in fourth with MK Dons directly behind.

Mike Williamson’s side would’ve been in the top three had it not been for a disappointing loss at the hands of relegation-threatened Grimsby Town on Tuesday night and they need to bounce back if they want to keep their hopes alive. On the other hand, Crewe would only manage a 1-0 win over bottom side Sutton United.

There are therefore question marks to be answered by both and they may both be looking at this as a game which they can’t afford to lose. I’m expecting some negativity in each side’s play style and in turn, a draw here.”

MK Dons 1-1 Crewe Alexandra


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