The pair meet at Deepdale in the early kick-off and some will be surprised that the home side are the outsiders, while Shrewsbury are up against Walsall in the second match of the day, with the bookies expecting the Shropshire side to claim the points.
Preston North End v MK Dons 13:15 BST
Preston sit just outside the play-off positions after 11 games played which isn’t that bad an achievement when you consider Graham Westley made wholesale changes to his squad in the summer and is still trying to find the right blend.
The Lancashire side are scoring plenty of goals, having found the net four times at Morecambe in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, while PNE have scored eight goals in their last two home matches and look overpriced to win this match.
You can back Preston at 15/8 (BetVictor) and this looks too big considering that Westley’s side are getting their act together, while the Dons are flattering to deceive on the road. Karl Robinson’s side may be strong on home soil but they have won just one of their five games away from home.
Nevertheless, Milton Keynes are six games unbeaten and William Hill go 13/8 about the visitors claiming three points which would see them close on those automatic promotion places.
Shrewsbury v Walsall 15:30 BST
The Sky cameras are also at the New Meadow for a clash between a team that were promoted to League One last season and one that have been a permanent fixture in this division for several seasons.
Shrewsbury Town have found life fairly tough since their rise up a level, although the Shropshire side have their head above water and a win would elevate Graham Turner’s side towards mid-table.
The Shrews are 5/4 (William Hill free bets) to win their third game of the season and they generally keep things tight at home, having won two of their matches at home and also coming within a whisker of beating league leaders Tranmere.
Even so, they come into this match off the back of a five game winless run and Walsall will be looking for more joy on the road, having claimed the spoils at Notts County, Portsmouth, and Bournemouth so far. At 12/5, the visitors look like the best bet.