Wycombe Wanderers vs Milton Keynes Dons preview: How to watch, team news, kick-off time, predicted lineups and ones to watch
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The EFL League One play-offs begin on Thursday as Wycombe Wanderers host Milton Keynes Dons at Adams Park in the first leg of their semi-final.

Having gone unbeaten in their final 12 matches of the season, the Chairboys finished sixth in the table, carrying momentum with them ahead of this tie.

By contrast, the Dons battled Rotherham United for most of the season for automatic promotion, only losing out on the final day despite a convincing 5-0 victory over Plymouth Argyle to finish third.

The winner of this two-legged tie will face either Sheffield Wednesday or Sunderland, who contest the other semi-final tie, in the final.

Team news

Wycombe Wanderers

Lewis Wing returned to the side last week, but it's expected that Dominic Gape will retain his place in the midfield.

Jack Young looks to be out while midfield duo of Brandon Hanlan and Anis Mehmeti are considered doubtful.

Milton Keynes Dons

Mohamed Eisa is the only player that may not feature as the forward could miss his fourth game on the spin with a right ankle injury.

Predicted lineups

Wycombe Wanderers: Stockdale; Jacobson, Tafazolli, Stewart, McCarthy; Scowen, Gape; Obita, Horgan, McCleary; Vokes

Milton Keynes Dons: Cumming; Lewington, Darling, O'Hora; Harvie, McEachran, Kasumu, Coventry, Hayden; Parrott, Twine

Ones to watch

David Stockdale (Wycombe Wanderers)

The Chairboys goalkeeper paced League One with 18 clean sheets and is a big reason why his side have not conceded a goal in their last six matches at home.

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Scott Twine (Milton Keynes Dons)

The Dons top scorer found the back of the net four times against Plymouth, bringing his total to 20 for the season and he scored the winner the last time this fixture was played.

He ranked fifth in League One in goals and second in assists with 13, making him one of the most dangerous attacking players in the third tier.

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Previous meetings

MK Dons won both league matches against Wycombe by a single goal with Troy Parrott netting a 40th-minute penalty in the first matchup at home in September and Twine scoring in the 13th minute in late January.

In the Football League Trophy, the Dons were 2-1 winners as Zak Jules potted the winner after first-half goals by Hiram Boateng and Hanlan did nothing to separate the sides.

How to watch

The match will be televised on Sky Sports Football with coverage beginning at 19:00 BST. Kick-off is set for 19:45.