Last Updated: 07/12/18 3:24pm
New AFC Wimbledon manager Wally Downes will take the helm for his first League One game against Rochdale.
Downes has a relatively full squad available, though forward Kwesi Appiah continues to be sidelined with a hamstring issue. Midfielder Scott Wagstaff has shaken off his own hamstring concern however and could return to the starting line-up.
The Dons have turned to former Wimbledon player Downes to replace Neal Ardley, with the club currently in the relegation mire.
Rochdale head to Kingsmeadow to end a week of off-field turmoil, with Andrew Kilpatrick confirming he will replace Chris Dunphy as chairman on December 29. David Bottomley has replaced James Mason as chief executive as Rochdale look to shore up their administrative arrangements.
Keith Hill’s men will be looking to return to winning ways after defeats to Oxford and Portsmouth. Boss Hill could keep faith with the back four that so nearly shut out Portsmouth in the FA Cup, before his side leaked a late goal in the 1-0 loss, though defender Kgosi Ntlhe and midfielder Andy Cannon remain fitness doubts.
AFC Wimbledon have only won one of their four home meetings with Rochdale in the top four tiers of English football (D1 L2), a 3-1 win in March 2017.
Rochdale have never beaten AFC Wimbledon in League One, drawing three and losing one of the four previous contests at this level.
AFC Wimbledon have lost nine of their last 10 league games (W1), despite never conceding more than two goals in any of those matches during this period.
Rochdale have lost three consecutive away games, conceding three or more goals in each of those matches (10 goals conceded in total) – the Dale last went on a longer losing streak away from home in League One between November 2017 and January 2018 (six games).
Rochdale’s Ian Henderson has been directly involved in 15 League One goals this campaign (12 goals, 3 assists) – more than any other player in the division.