We take a look at the Dons...
After two seasons now in League 2, AFC Wimbledon were rarely troubled with relegation, despite finishing just three points above the drop. They made an excellent start to the campaign, winning four from their opening six matches, but didn’t win during October or December. Neal Ardley’s side won just four of their last 18 games however, but one of those came against Blues at Roots Hall, and that result confirmed their place in League 2 for another season.
Neal Ardley enjoyed an 11-year spell with Wimbledon during his playing days, before returning as manager, the first management role of his career. His arrival at the club helped lift the players, but on the final day of the 2012-13 season, they were in real danger of the drop. A final day win however kept them in the division, and they improved on that this season, despite a poor run of form towards the end of the campaign.
ONES TO WATCH
Sean Rigg became AFC Wimbledon’s first signing of the summer when he joined from Oxford United. The winger/striker made 72 league appearances for the U’s but left the club in the summer.
Sammy Moore is the club’s longest serving player, and captain. He has signed a new deal this summer to keep him at the club for longer having joined in July 2010. He made 43 appearances scoring four goals last season.
Harry Pell, a 6ft 4in midfielder, joined the club from Hereford United following their relegation to the Conference and has impressed with the Dons. He made 36 appearances last season, scoring four goals.
WHAT’S HAPPENED THIS SUMMER
The Dons moved quickly to tie Sammy Moore down to an improved contract and sign Sean Rigg from Oxford United.
Former Blue Jack Midson has left to join Eastleigh and Charlie Sheringham has also left the club.
Joining those two in leaving were Seb Brown, Will Antwi, Peter Sweeney, Luke Moore, Callum Kennedy and Charlie Strutton.
Blues and AFC Wimbledon have met seven times in their history, with Blues coming out on top on five occasions, and AFC Wimbledon winning twice. Only their second win came at Roots Hall last season, while Blues won the reverse fixture at the Dons on Boxing Day.
AFC Wimbledon are 13/2 to be relegated from League 2 in the 2014-15 campaign, while they are 9/1 to win promotion and 33/1 to win the league.