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Preview: Charlton Athletic

3 November 2015

The Dons will be looking to maintain their excellent midweek form at stadiummk when they host Charlton Athletic this evening.

Karl Robinson’s side have won all three of their Tuesday night games at home this season, against Leyton Orient and Cardiff City in the Capital One Cup as well as a 1-0 league triumph over Bolton Wanderers.

The men from MK1 currently sit 20th in the Sky Bet Championship but a victory over the Addicks could see them climb two places to 18th should results elsewhere go their way as well.

Managerless Charlton are on a 10-game winless run in the league and hold a place in the bottom three heading into this evening’s match having lost their last four matches.

The Addicks have won only twice all season and their 24 goals conceded is the third highest amount in the division, while their total of 11 goals scored is tied for the second fewest.

However, prior to September they did enjoy some excellent results including victories over Queens Park Rangers and Hull City and an away draw at Derby County – proving that on their day, Charlton are a match for any side.

Diego Poyet: “I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve got great memories from my time there but I’m here now and I want us to win. There’s a good opportunity for us, if we play like we did (against Hull) to get three points. It’s a big game.”

Johnnie Jackson: “We need a result and we need it quick. We need it against a side that is in and round us in the league. We’ll be working hard while we can to make sure that we go there and are ready to get a result.”

The Dons will be without Kyle McFadzean, who serves a one-match suspension after picking up his fifth booking of the season on Saturday.

Matt Upson is struggling with a calf injury and Joe Walsh is out long-term, meaning Robinson may be forced to move Jordan Spence and Dean Lewington into the centre of defence.

Also, there is concern over Carl Baker who has a small tear in his lower oesophagus while Rob Hall and Ben Reeves are both sidelined due to injury. Daniel Powell or Samir Carruthers could replace Baker out wide.

Charlton, meanwhile, will be without injured trio Ahmed Kashi, Cristian Ceballos and Regan Charles-Cook.

Igor Vetokele is closing in on a return to action but tonight’s game is expected to come too soon for the forward.

Andy Davies will be the man in the middle this evening. He has refereed 11 games this season, brandished 37 yellow cards and sent three players off but he has yet to award a penalty. He last took charge of the Dons back in February, when they beat Colchester United 1-0.

His assistant referees tonight will be Craig Hicks and Michael George while the fourth official is Keith Hill.

Dons win – 21/20
Draw – 12/5
Charlton win – 5/2

First goalscorer:
Simon Church – 11/2
Nicky Maynard – 11/2
Dean Bowditch – 6/1
Tony Watt – 13/2
Franck Moussa – 7/1
Simon Makienok – 7/1

*All odds correct at the time of writing

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