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Preview: Everton

26 July 2016

MK Dons make their long-awaited return to Stadium MK this evening when they take on Everton in a pre-season friendly.

Karl Robinson’s men face the Toffees in their eighth warm-up match of the summer, as preparations continue for the Sky Bet League One opener against Shrewsbury Town in just 10 days’ time.

So far the Dons have scored 21 goals in pre-season and with four more games to go until that trip to Shropshire on 6th August, they’ll be looking to maintain their clinical form – although this test will be their toughest yet, by some margin.

Kick-off tonight is at 7.45pm.

THE OPPOSITION
Everton are preparing for their first season under new boss Ronald Koeman, who took over from Roberto Martinez following a disappointing 2015/16 Premier League campaign.

The Merseyside outfit kicked-off their pre-season schedule on the weekend with a comfortable 3-0 win over Barnsley at Oakwell. Kevin Mirallas, Gerard Deulofeu and Ross Barkley grabbed the goals for the Toffees, whose matchday squad included a number of well-known first-team players.

Koeman is due to name another strong side at Stadium MK this evening, with the likes of Barkley, Seamus Coleman, Aiden McGeady and Tom Cleverly among those who could start after coming off the bench in the match on Saturday.

FIGHTING TALK
Karl Robinson: “Everton are a big football club, with a great tradition, and it will be a great opportunity for us to go up against them.

“We don’t look at the results in these sorts of games but we want to perform.”

TEAM NEWS
Dean Bowditch (calf), George Baldock (ankle) and Callum Brittain (ankle) are MK Dons’ injury doubts ahead of tonight’s friendly.

David Martin, Darren Potter and Nicky Maynard all returned to action at Aldershot Town on the weekend and are set to feature once again, while Simon Church could make his first appearance of the summer following his break due to his involvement in Euro 2016.

REFEREE
Premier League official Mike Dean will take charge of this evening’s friendly.

Wirral-based Dean last refereed the Dons back in January 2013 for the memorable FA Cup victory over Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road.

Dean’s two assistant referees tonight will be Derek Eaton and Andrew Fox, while Gareth Viccars is the fourth official.

MATCH COVERAGE
Fans can stay in touch via mkdons.com’s matchday blog, which can be accessed by visiting the home page from 5pm.

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