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Preview: Cardiff City U18s

All you need to know ahead of tonight’s FA Youth Cup Third Round clash...

12 December 2017

MK Dons Under-18s will be looking

Edu Rubio’s side saw off Southend United in the First Round before coming from behind to beat Barnet at The Hive last month.

They will, though, be looking to return to winning ways after suffering a 4-0 defeat against Luton Town in their most recent competitive fixture. After five successive wins, including that victory over Barnet,  the boys from MK1 eventually fell to a 4-0 defeat against Dagenham & Redbridge. They did regroup immediately as they ran out 4-2 winners over Northampton Town before most recently losing Luton.

Heading into tonight’s tie, Rubio will be looking for a similar bounce-back ability from his side as they look to put their most recent defeat behind them and progress in the competition and set up a Fourth Round tie against the winners of Colchester United against Crewe Alexandra.

The fixture has to be settled on the night so extra-time and penalties will follow should the sides be level come full-time.

Kick-off is at 7pm.

Cardiff enter tonight’s clash enter tonight's clash without a win in their last three league games - the Welsh-based outfit currently occupy seventh place in their Under-18 Professional Development South League.

The Bluebirds will be playing their first tie in this year’s edition of the competition tonight and will be hoping to better their Third Round finish from last season when they were eliminated by eventual winners, Chelsea. 

MK Dons’ game against AFC Wimbledon at the weekend was called off due to the harsh winter conditions. Their last competitive game, however, was a 4-0 defeat against Luton Town in the EFL Youth Alliance League.

Cardiff, meanwhile, fell to a 1-0 defeat against Charlton Athletic Orient on Saturday morning.

Edu Rubio hinted that he may switch his side's formation to combat the strengths of tonight's opponents.

Jay Bird scored the decisive goal when the Under-18s last played at Stadium MK in the FA Youth Cup and he will be hoping to retain his place. Top scorer Dylan Asonganyi, David Kasumu, Bradley Bell and Finn Tapp are also worth keeping an eye on.

Referee: Carl Pearse

Assistant Referee: James Beal

Assistant Referee: Christopher Williams

Supporters wishing the follow the action can do so via the Club’s official Twitter, while a full match report available to view on mkdons.com after the final whistle.


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