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Preview: Fulham Under-21s

All you need to know ahead of tonight's Leasing.com Trophy clash...

1 October 2019

MK Dons return to Leasing.com Trophy action this evening as they welcome Fulham Under-21s to Stadium MK.

Paul Tisdale’s side will be looking for their first victory since the 3-0 win over Blackpool tonight, and in the process, their second successive Leasing.com Trophy Group Stage win.

Goals from Max Power and Luke O'Nien condemned MK Dons to a 2-1 defeat, with Jordan Bowery netting for the Dons at the Stadium of Light.

The Cup provides a change of scenery for Tisdale's side, while we may also see him rotate his side in order to give players more minutes.

Kick-off tonight is at 7.45pm.

THE OPPOSITION
Fulham Under-21s enter tonight's clash as somewhat of an unknown quantity. Their first-team are also in action this evening, as Scott Parker's side travel to Reading in the Sky Bet Championship. This will most likely mean a younger squad will take to the field at Stadium MK this evening.

Tonight will be Fulham's first outing in the Trophy this season, however, they have participated in the last two seasons - but are yet to progress out of the group. Likely to feature tonight is former Chelsea striker Martell Taylor-Crossdale, the 19-year-old joined Fulham in the Summer and has already made his first-team debut.

LAST TIME OUT
Two first-half goals from Sunderland saw MK Dons beaten 2-1 at the Stadium of Light.

Max Power and Luke O’Nien struck within four minutes of each other and despite Jordan Bowery’s second-half finish, Paul Tisdale’s men weren’t able to salvage a result to take back to Milton Keynes.

Fulham Under-21s, meanwhile, enter tonight's clash following a 4-2 defeat against Middlesborough in PL2. Nicolas Santos-Clase gave Fulham the lead before two goals from Boro midfielder Ben Liddle put the visitors ahead.

Two became three minutes before the break as Connor Malley gave his side a two-goal cushion. Santos-Clase did draw one back, however, Middlesborough put the game to bed with 15-minutes to go, as Rumarn Burrell scored the sixth goal of the afternoon.

TEAM NEWS
MK Dons boss Paul Tisdale didn't reveal any fresh injury concerns in hist post-match interview on Saturday.

Tisdale, may, however, use the Leasing.com Trophy as a chance to hand some of his squad valuable minutes. We may see the likes of Stuart Moore, Matthew Sorinola, Dylan Asonganyi get a chance to impress.

Tisdale did suggest prior to Saturday's clash with Sunderland, that Jordan Moore-Taylor may feature for MK Dons. If he does, it'll be his first appearance since January.

THE OFFICIALS
Darren Drysdale is tonight’s match official, refereeing the Dons for the first time since their 2-1 defeat against Rotherham back in December 2017.

So far this season, Drysdale has issued 43 yellow cards and one red in his 11 games.

Tonight’s assistant referees are Adrian Tranter and Christopher Kidd while the fourth official is Thomas Harty.

SKY BET ODDS
Stevenage win: 4/9
Draw: 7/2
Fulham win: 9/2

Click HERE for more Sky Bet odds!

ELSEWHERE IN THE LEASING.COM TROPHY

Walsall v Southampton U21
Peterborough United v Arsenal U21
Burton Albion v Everton U21
Crawley Town v Norwich City U21
Lincoln City v Manchester United U21
Morecambe v Wolves U21
Rochdale v Bolton Wanderers
Southend United v Brighton U21

FOLLOW IT LIVE
Under-18s can watch Tuesday’s Leasing.com Trophy tie with Fulham Under-21s for just £1 while adult tickets are priced at only £5.

MK Dons take on the Cottagers this Tuesday evening looking for their second successive win in the competition. Kick-off is at 7.45pm.

Tickets are priced at just £5 adults and £1 under-18s, with seating in the clubRed area of Stadium MK. 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.

Fans can also watch tonight's clash live on iFollow MK Dons for just £10 - click HERE to purchase.

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!


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