AFC Wimbledon preview

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Key Player

Captain and full-back Barry Fuller will have to be at his best if he is to inspire AFC Wimbledon to a play-off finish. Fuller, 30, played all but one league game last season, and this consistency is something that the team as a whole need to improve. The Former Barnet man made a single England C team appearance while playing for Stevenage Borough in the Conference. His determination and defensive capabilities earned him last seasons player of the year, he can’t afford to slack if he is to continue this scintillating form.

One to watch

 Adebayo Akinfenwa, a name that strikes fear into the hearts of League Two defenders across the country. A potent goal scorer and all round strongman, Akinfenwa will look to improve on last seasons 15 goal total. His main weapon is obviously his monstrous strength, but enables him to bring team-mates into the game by holding up the ball. It is also a contributing factor that allows him to win a high percentage of aerial duals. Akinfenwa, now 33, has spent the majority of his career yo-yoing from the third to forth division, so promotion is the next step.

Akinfenwa is a handful for any League Two defender.
Akinfenwa is a handful for any League Two defender.

Prediction

Boss Neal Ardley will look to improve on last seasons 15th placed finish. He struggled to find a permanent strike partner for Akinfenwa. The midfield duo of George Francomb and Dannie Bulman worked well last year, but both will need to gain attacking instinct and trust their defenders more if they are to make an impact on the goalscoring charts. Sean Rigg showed sparks of brilliance last season with 6 goals in 40 appearances, but as with many of the squad, inconsistency is a major issue. Overall I can see Wimbledon being a tough side to beat on their own turf, but a lack of pace and inventionon the wings could make it tough to get on the front foot away from Kingmeadow.

Prediction – 12th

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