In this week’s State of Affairs, I examine The U’s chances this weekend against MK Dons.

Since the end of October, Colchester United have been in good form, with convincing wins against Notts County and Crewe Alexandria, both of which saw the U’s net 4 goals, and a solid draw away at good competition in Tranmere. John Ward’s side have played in a creative and confident fashion the likes of which were lacking during the first 3 months of the league year, and fans will hope that form should continue in the coming weeks.

As reported by the club’s website today, in light of the tough upcoming schedule facing the team, Ward believes these upcoming fixtures will say a lot about the squad. Given the positive performances John’s men have delivered recently, there’s no reason to think why the good form shouldn’t continue, but they will have a job on their hands with MK Dons this Saturday.

Last time the teams met in March, MK Dons prevailed 3-1 thanks to an impressive hat-trick from Sam Baldock. Whilst Baldock has moved onto West Ham since, the Dons are still dangerous opposition. They sit 4th in the table and are coming off a streak of some good form of their own, including an emphatic 6-0 victory in the FA cup last weekend (over the mighty Nantwich Town no less!)

Karl Robinson’s side look like one of the premier teams in League 1, and a little help from a footballing legend probably helps to give them an edge as well. Whilst I’m not entirely convinced by the whole ‘they beat us last time so we want to show them we can beat them’ theory, the U’s will be wanting to show they can make a real run at the playoffs this year by performing at the Weston Homes Community Stadium on Saturday.

If the team want to impress and show that they can compete with the big boys, they need to start getting points from big games – particularly at home as they are this weekend. With the foundations of a strong team in players such as Magnus Okhuonghae and Anthony Wordsworth playing so well of late, Ward’s side have the ability to contend with the likes of MK Dons if only they can bring it to the pitch on the day.

I agree with John Ward. The U’s didn’t get a single point from high-flyers Charlton, Huddersfield, Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United in their fixtures so far this season. Whether Colchester come out of this game with 23,24 or 26 points will tell us a lot.

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