MK Dons travel to the Cherry Red Records Stadium this evening for their Carabao Cup Round One tie with AFC Wimbledon.
The Dons have enjoyed plenty of success at this stage of the competition having won each of their last nine first-round ties - they’ll be going in search of a 10th straight Round One triumph tonight in South West London.
Tonight’s match, which sees the Dons reacquainted with AFC Wimbledon for the first time since January 2018, also provides Paul Tisdale and his men to start the 2019/20 campaign with back-to-back wins following their 1-0 victory over Shrewsbury Town at the weekend.
Kick-off is at 7.45pm.
AFC Wimbledon are still in search of their first victory of the new season having started the Sky Bet League One campaign with back-to-back losses.
Wally Downes side, who survived relegation on a dramatic final day last term, were six minutes away from holding Rotherham United to a draw on opening weekend before surrendering a one-goal lead to Fleetwood Town this past Saturday.
Positives for AFC Wimbledon are that both of their strikers have found the net early in the campaign. Joe Piggott opened his account against Rotherham while Kwesi Appiah found the net at Fleetwood.
In terms of success in the Carabao Cup, AFC Wimbledon won their first match in the competition last season when they beat Portsmouth 2-1 in the opening round. They had lost their seven EFL Cup ties prior to that triumph over Pompey.
LAST TIME OUT
MK Dons kicked off their 2019/20 campaign with a 1-0 victory over Shrewsbury Town at Stadium MK.
The tightly-contested match looked to be heading for a stalemate until substitute Rhys Healey struck a deflected effort past Max O’Leary in the third minute of stoppage time.
AFC Wimbledon fell to a second straight defeat, surrendering a one-goal lead at Fleetwood Town to lose 2-1 at Highbury Stadium.
Kwesi Appiah put Wally Downes’ side ahead midway through the first half but second-half strikes from Paddy Madden and Josh Morris ensured they left the Fylde coast empty-handed.
Paul Tisdale: “It’s the next game and a game we want to win although I’m certainly not forgetting the importance of the game to everyone here - I know it’s a big game for all concerned.
“It’s a cup game and it’s one with added tension because of the nature of the fixture. We’re really looking forward to it and we’ll be going into it to do our very best.”
Wally Downes: “It’s a cup game so it will be ferocious and you win it on the night. I certainly won’t be encouraging us to be any more enthusiastic than I would expect us to be in any other game.
“There’s obviously some history between the clubs and the two clubs have drawn each other in lots of cup games. It’s a game we are desperate to win so that we can move on into the next round.”
MK Dons boss Paul Tisdale will assess his squad to determine which players are capable of starting so soon after last Saturday’s opener against Shrewsbury Town.
The Dons boss also hinted that he may want to give opportunities to those who missed out on his starting XI at the weekend.
In terms of absentees, Joe Mason and Brennan Dickenson both missed the 1-0 win over Shrewsbury Town although it remains to be seen how long either player will be sidelined for. Despite continuing to make progress, Jordan Moore-Taylor remains out with a knee injury.
Tonight’s Carabao Cup tie will come too soon for AFC Wimbledon duo Nathan Trott and Anthony Wordsworth.
Will Nightingale missed out last Saturday due to a knee injury and will be assessed ahead of this evening.
Craig Hicks will be the man in the middle tonight, referring the Dons for only third time in his career.
Hicks, in his third season as an EFL official, took charge of the Leasing.com Trophy ties with Brighton & Hove Albion in 2017 and Luton Town in 2018. A total of seven yellow cards were shown across both matches.
His most recent AFC Wimbledon appointment was on Boxing Day last year, where he produced just two yellow cards in their 2-1 win over Plymouth Argyle.
This will be Hicks’ second fixture of the new campaign. Last season, he booked 114 players and dismissed five in 40 games.
Garry Maskell and Christopher Kidd will be the assistant referees tonight while the fourth official is Ian Cooper.
HEAD TO HEAD
Dons wins: 4
Dons wins at Cherry Red Records Stadium: 1
Last Dons win: 2-0, 22 Sep 2017 (Cherry Red Records Stadium)
Biggest Dons win: 3-1, 12 Aug 2014 (Stadium MK)
Draws at Cherry Red Records Stadium: 0
Last draw: 0-0, 13 Jan 2018 (Stadium MK)
AFC Wimbledon wins: 2
AFC Wimbledon wins at Cherry Red Records Stadium: 1
Last AFC Wimbledon win: 2-0, 14 Mar 2017 (Cherry Red Records Stadium)
Biggest AFC Wimbledon win: 2-0, 14 Mar 2017 (Cherry Red Records Stadium)
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Huddersfield Town v Lincoln City
Mansfield Town v Morecambe
Middlesbrough v Crewe Alexandra
Nottingham Forest v Fleetwood Town
Port Vale v Burton Albion
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Salford City v Leeds United
Scunthorpe United v Derby County
Shrewsbury Town v Rotherham United
Tranmere Rovers v Hull City
Wigan Athletic v Stoke City
Brentford v Cambridge United
Bristol Rovers v Cheltenham Town
Charlton Athletic v Forest Green Rovers
Colchester United v Swindon Town
Coventry City v Exeter City
Gillingham v Newport County
Luton Town v Ipswich Town
Oxford United v Peterborough United
Plymouth Argyle v Leyton Orient
Queens Park Rangers v Bristol City
Stevenage v Southend United
Swansea City v Northampton Town
Walsall v Crawley Town
Wycombe Wanderers v Reading
West Bromwich Albion v Millwall
FOLLOW IT LIVE!
Tickets are no longer available to buy from the Box Office and won't be sold to away supporters at the Cherry Red Records Stadium this evening.
Fans who aren’t able to make the trip to the Cherry Red Records Stadium will be able to watch the match live and in full at Stadium MK, with tickets on sale to all those registered on the Club’s ticketing database prior to Friday 19 July.
Tickets are priced at £10 for adults and £8 under-18s while Season Ticket holders are entitled to a £2 discount on adult prices. Food and drink will be available to buy on the night.
To book tickets visit the Box Office at Stadium MK or call 0333 200 5343. Tickets will also be available to buy on the night.
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Supporters can also stay in touch with the action via mkdons.com’s Match Centre, which can be accessed by visiting the home page from 5.45pm.
There will also be full coverage on the Club’s social media channels – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat!
A full match report will be available to view on mkdons.com straight after the final whistle along with full reaction from Paul Tisdale and a player. Highlights will be available to view from midnight.