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Preview: Millwall

13 August 2016

Match Previews

Preview: Millwall

13 August 2016

MK Dons make their long-awaited return to competitive action at Stadium MK this afternoon when they entertain promotion-contenders Millwall.

Karl Robinson’s side earned a thoroughly-professional 1-0 victory over Shrewsbury Town in their Sky Bet League One opener last weekend and they followed that up with a come-from-behind triumph in the EFL Cup – a game which featured six debutants and 11 Academy graduates and players.

The men from MK1, therefore, will be out to secure a third straight win to start the season – a feat they have never achieved.

Kick-off is at 3pm.

Millwall have made a flying start to their season and will also be in search of making it three wins from three today.

The Lions beat Oldham Athletic 3-0 in their first match of 2016/17 and then went one better against Barnet in the EFL Cup, seeing them off by four goals.

Aiden O’Brien has got on the scoresheet twice for Neil Harris’ men while strikers Lee Gregory and Steve Morison have also opened their accounts for the new campaign already.

Despite naming a relatively young and inexperienced side, Robinson saw his Dons side pull off a dramatic victory at Newport County on Tuesday evening, in round one of the EFL Cup.

Newport opened the scoring courtesy of Marlon Jackson with former Don Mark Randall doubling the home side’s advantage from the penalty spot early in the second half.

Dean Bowditch, making his first appearance of the season, reduced the deficit with a penalty of his own with half an hour to play before Ben Tilney’s stunning debut strike and Bowditch’s curler earned the men from MK1 a come-from-behind success and a place in the second round.

They extended their lead further on 74 minutes when Steve Morison headed home his first goal of the campaign and Fred Onyedinma completed the resounding victory, late on, with a penalty.

The Lions led by two goals at the interval after John Akinde’s 23rd minute own goal and Aiden O’Brien’s 20-yard strike.

Millwall enjoyed a much easier passage through to round two after thrashing League Two outfit Barnet 4-0.

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*All odds correct at the time of writing

George C Williams: 9/2
Daniel Powell: 7/2
Dean Bowditch: 7/2
Nicky Maynard: 3/1
Kieran Agard: 11/4
First Dons goalscorer

Millwall win: 7/5
Draw: 9/4
Dons win: 2/1

Last draw: N/A
Draws at Stadium MK: N/A
Draws: 0

Last Millwall win: 3-1, 23rd February 2010
Millwall wins at Stadium MK: 2
Millwall wins: 3

Last Dons win: 4-0, 4th October 2008
Dons wins at Stadium MK: 0
Dons wins: 1

His assistant referees are Adam Crysell and Robert Hyde, while the fourth official is Lee Venamore.

The Wiltshire-based official, who refereed the Dons three times last season, has shown four yellow cards in the two matches he has officiated this season.

Simon Hooper will take charge of this afternoon's contest.

Striker Lee Gregory was forced off at half-time against the Latics and will be monitored ahead of kick-off, while ex-Dons loanee Shaun Cummings and fellow defender Shaun Hutchinson are both out with injuries.

Millwall made five changes to their team in midweek so may revert back to the side which triumphed at Oldham last Saturday.

Ben Reeves and Samir Carruthers are also nearing returns from injury but today's game is expected to come too soon for the duo, while Chuks Aneke continues his rehabilitation from knee problem – he began running on the Alter-G Anti-Gravity treadmill earlier this week.

As well as the capture of Agard, Robinson and his team have been boosted by the return to fitness of Dean Bowditch, who missed the entire pre-season with a calf injury.

Club-record signing Kieran Agard could make his Dons debut, after sealing a move to Stadium MK from Bristol City.

"What we do know is that MK Dons will have a lot of the ball - more than us - and we're used to that. They're a really good passing team but tactically the boys will be ready and we'll have a gameplan - on the day it's about who executes theirs best."

Neil Harris: “Karl is a settled manager with a settled squad and they have some dangerous players. They pose a real threat to us and we have to be diligent to them as ever.

Tickets for today's clash with Millwall are priced from £22 adults, £17 over-65s, £17 under-21s (members only) and £7 under-18s.

To purchase tickets click here, visit the Box Office at Stadium MK or call 0333 200 5343. Tickets will be available to buy right up until kick-off.

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