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Sutton v AFC Wimbledon preview

9 November 2021

After FA Cup success at the weekend, Sutton will be bidding to progress in another cup competition on Tuesday when the group stage of the Papa John's Trophy finishes with a home game against neighbours AFC Wimbledon.

The sides' last cup meeting was a memorable one, Sutton winning an FA Cup third round replay at Kingsmeadow 3-1 to set up a fourth round tie against Leeds in 2017, and while tonight's tie may not be quite as high profile there is still plenty riding on it, with both sides hoping to make it through to the knockout stages from a group in which any of the four teams could still qualify.

For Sutton it's fairly simple - win or draw and U's go through as group winners, guaranteeing a home tie in the first knockout round, and leaving the other three teams competing for runners' up spot, although Portsmouth need Sutton to win to have any chance of qualifying.

For Wimbledon, a victory would leave them well placed to go through, as Crystal Palace would then need to record a bigger win at Portsmouth than Wimbledon achieve at the VBS, but Dons still need to win by a margin of more than two goals to finish above Sutton. The first criteria should sides finish level on points is goal difference, followed in order by goals scored, then number of wins in normal time, then the head to head record.

The draw for the first knockout round will be live on Sky Sports on Saturday after the televised game between Port Vale and Bradford City, which kicks off at 12 noon.

Should tonight's game be drawn, each side receives a point but there will also be a penalty shootout, the winners of which then take an extra point.

Sutton manager Matt Gray is likely to include a number of players who have missed the last few games, while Wimbledon, who beat Portsmouth 5-3 before losing to Crystal Palace Under 21s 2-0, have indicated that they will field a mixture of youth and experience.

Tickets are available on line here for Sutton supporters, and will also be sold from the ticket kiosk next to the club shop before the game this evening, when it is also possible to buy tickets for the forthcoming away games at Tranmere and Leyton Orient. If you are intending to buy on the night, please allow plenty of time to avoid congestion around the ticket office and turnstiles prior to kick off. Please note that tickets for the Wimbledon end have sold out, but we still have tickets available for home supporters both on line and in person tonight.

As it is a Papa John's Trophy game it will be live streamed, and passes, price £10,can be bought here.

Prior to the game, ahead of Remembrance weekend,  there will be a brief service to remember those who have given their lives in conflicts over the years.

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