MK Dons welcome Coventry City to Stadium MK this evening, looking to secure their place in Round 3 of the Leasing.com Trophy
Having finished top of their group MK Dons secured a guaranteed home draw in Round Two of the Leasing.com Trophy. Their opponents tonight are Coventry City, who sit sixth in the Sky Bet League One table, they are a team that went unbeaten in 90-minutes during the Group Stages.
It's also worth noting that if the scores are level at full-time, the match will head straight to penalties.
Kick-off is at 7.45pm.
Coventry City enter this match unbeaten in their last nine outings, a run that stretches back to the 0-0 draw against MK Dons at Stadium MK in October.
During that time The Sky Blues picked dup a number of impressive results, including a 2-1 win over Fleetwood Town and a 2-2 draw away to Peterborough United. Mark Robins' side have also enjoyed a lot of cup success this season, they have lost just once in cup competitions - coming against Watford in the Carabao Cup.
It's a three-way tie for Coventry's top scorer, with Amadou Bakayoko, Matt Godden and Jordy Hiwula all sitting on four goals. Elsewhere, Callum O'Hare, Jordan Shipley and Zain Westbrooke have all chipped in with three.
LAST TIME OUT
MK Dons fell to a 3-2 defeat against Rotherham United in their last outing, as Rotherham scored three second-half goals to run out winners.
Goals from Alex Gilbey and Joe Mason had the Dons two to the good at the break but substitute Freddie Ladapo bagged a second-half brace, along with a goal from Dan Barlaser, as the visitors stole the points away from Russell Martin’s men.
Coventry City, meanwhile, kept their Emirates FA Cup journey alive with a 1-1 draw against Ipswich Town.
The deadlock was broken when Alan Judge did well to beat his man and find Will Keane in the box to blast home from six-yards.
A late Corey Blackett-Taylor goal earned Tranmere Rovers a shock 1-0 win away at Coventry City last weekend.
With time running out, and the clock hitting 96-minutes, Callum O'Hare found a way past Will Norris to earn a replay.
Russell Martin: "I really liked Coventry when they came here - it was a good game on the day. It was probably a fair result, and we'll be aware of what they'll bring. But it's about us, how we can impose ourselves on the game, and that's what we have to concentrate on. Huge respect to what Mark Robins has done there under difficult circumstances too. looking at Coventry City and thinking they are a very good footballing team when they have possession of the ball. It’s going to be a big challenge for us."
Amadou Bakayoko: "All of us want to get far in every competition and we want to win every single game. We are taking the cups seriously and we will be going to MK Dons to win - everyone just needs to keep working and to do even more to make us even better.”
MK Dons boss Russell Martin didn't reveal any fresh injury concerns in his pre-match interview. The game, however, will come too soon for strikers Rhys Healey (thigh), Sam Nombe (knee).
Charles Breakspear will run the rule over this evening's clash at Stadium MK.
The six-year EFL veteran has taken charge of the 15 games this season - he's has produced 71 yellow cards and nine reds.
His assistant referees are Gregory Read and Alasdair Ross, while the fourth official is Ryan Atkin.
HEAD TO HEAD
Dons wins: 3
Dons wins at Stadium MK: 1
Last Dons win: 1-0, 18 Mar 2017 (Stadium MK)
Biggest Dons win: 2-1, 26 Nov 2016 (Ricoh Arena); 2-1 5 Apr 2014 (Sixfields Stadium)
Draws at Stadium MK: 2
Last draw: 0-0, 19 Oct 2019 (Stadium MK)
Coventry wins: 4
Coventry wins at Stadium MK: 3
Last Coventry win: 1-0, 27 Jan 2018 (Stadium MK)
Biggest Coventry win: 3-1, 30 Nov 2013 (Stadium MK)
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FOLLOW IT LIVE
Tickets for MK Dons’ Leasing.com Trophy Round 2 tie with Coventy City are now on sale.
Russell Martin’s men take on the Sky Blues at Stadium MK on Tuesday 3rd December, with a place in the Last 16 of the competition up for grabs. Kick-off is at 7.45pm.
Tickets are priced at just £5 adults and £1 under-18s, with unreserved seating in clubRed. Please note, there will be no clubRed benefits for this fixture.
To book tickets click HERE, visit the Box Office at Stadium MK or call 0333 200 5343.
Those supporters not able to be at the game can still watch action courtesy of iFollow MK Dons.
Supporters tune in to watch the Dons take on the Sky Blues in Round 2 of the Leasing.com Trophy tie for just £10. Kick-off is at 7.45pm.
To enjoy the live coverage on iFollow MK Dons, simply purchase a Video Match Pass and then access the homepage shortly before kick-off - click HERE to purchase your Video Match Pass for the match!
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 6pm.
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 Russell Martin and a player. Highlights will be available three hours after full-time.