The League Two season may not have yet reached the halfway point but Mark Robson admits Barnet’s clash against AFC Wimbledon is a classic “six pointer”.
While the Bees remain bottom of the table, an improved recent run of results has seen them close the gap on the teams above them.
The Dons have won just once in their last six league matches and are three points above Barnet in League Two.
However, they put in a strong performance against MK Dons in the FA Cup on Saturday and were unfortunate to suffer a 2-1 defeat.
Robson said: “They were very unlucky against MK Dons. They defended really well for most of the game and made it very difficult for MK Dons to get through them.
“We have watched a few of their games and they have played a little differently from what they did at the weekend.
“They are a decent side though and it is very close at the bottom of the table. Only three points separates the bottom five teams now so it will be an important game.
“It is safe to say it is a six pointer. It is coming up to Christmas which can be a very important time in the season.”
Steve Kabba remains absent as he continues his recovery from knee surgery and Robson confirmed midfielder John Oster and striker Collins John, who has only featured twice since signing on a free transfer, are likely to miss the match through injury.
Robson said: “At the moment we don’t think John Oster will be ready for the weekend. Collins John has undergone surgery so it is likely that he will be missing for a few weeks.”