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Preview: Stevenage

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

3 September 2019

MK Dons begin their Leasing.com Trophy campaign tonight, as they travel to Stevenage's Lamex Stadium for their first Group Stage clash.

Paul Tisdale’s side will be looking to put Saturday's woes behind them as they return to cup action in Hertfordshire.

Goals from Colby Bishop and Mark Hughes condemned MK Dons to a 2-1 defeat after Kieran Agard had given his side a first-half lead.

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
Stevenage enter tonight's clash in search of their first win of the campaign, having so far drawn three and lost four this season.

At the helm is Dino Maamria, who has been the manager of Stevenage since March 2018. In his first full season at the clubs boss, Maamria guided his side to a 10th place finish - just missing out on a play-off finish by one point.

A total of 16 new faces arrived at The Lamex Stadium over the Summer, with the most recent additions Craig Mackail-Smith and Elliott List from Wycombe Wanderers and Gillingham respectively. Elsewhere, the likes of Dean Parrett, Tyler Denton, Noor Husin and Chris Stokes joined Stevenage.

LAST TIME OUT
MK Dons were beaten 2-1 at the Wham Stadium as Accrington Stanley came from behind to secure the points last Saturday.

Kieran Agard put the Dons ahead with his first goal of the season but second-half goals from Colby Bishop and Mark Hughes saw the Lancashire outfit come out on top. Paul Tisdale's men did have a goal disallowed for a debatable offside in stoppage time.

Stevenage, meanwhile, were held to a 2-2 draw against Macclesfield Town. 

Macclesfield took the lead when Ben Stephens converted within 27-minutes, however, goals from Kurtis Guthrie and Luther Wildin gave Dino Maamria’s side the lead.
 
 
Just five minutes from the end, Macclesfield secured a point as Joe Ironside’s penalty found the back of the net 

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. Both Stuart Moore and David Kasumu started, and impressed, in the Carabao Cup win over Southend United last week and will be hopeful of earning a start tonight.

Elsewhere, Conor McGrandles was back in action against Accrington Stanley, while Tisdale could also use the competition to take a closer look at the younger members of his squad.

Regan Poole (international call-up), Ben Reeves (leg), Jordan Moore-Taylor (knee) and Joe Mason (hamstring) are definite absentees.

THE OFFICIALS
Sam Purkiss is tonight’s match official, refereeing the Dons for the first time in his career.

In his debut as an EFL referee, Purkiss had so far overseen three games this season - all of which have been in Sky Bet League Two. He has issued 14 yellow cards, but is yet to award a red card.

Tonight’s assistant referees are Marc Wilson and Conor Farrell while the fourth official is Louis Marks.

HEAD TO HEAD
Dons wins: 4
Dons wins at The Lamex Stadium: 2
Last Dons win: 3-2, 22 Mar 2014 (The Lamex Stadium)
Biggest Dons win: 4-1, 28 Sep 2013 (Stadium MK)

Draws: 3
Draws at The Lamex Stadium: 1
Last draw: 1-1, 16 Mar 2019 (Stadium MK)

Stevenage wins: 5
Stevenage wins at The Lamex Stadium: 3
Last Stevenage win: 3-2, 24 Nov 2018 (The Lamex Stadium)
Biggest Stevenage win: 4-2, 24 Jan 2012 (The Lamex Stadium)

SKY BET ODDS
Stevenage win: 9/4
Draw: 12/5
Dons win: 1/1

Click HERE for more Sky Bet odds!

ELSEWHERE IN THE LEASING.COM TROPHY

Bolton Wanderers v Bradford City
Forest Green Rovers v Southampton U21
AFC Wimbledon v Brighton and Hove Albion U21
Blackpool v Morecambe
Crewe Alexandra v Burton Albion
Northampton Town v Peterborough United
Accrington Stanley v Fleetwood Town
Coventry City v Walsall
Doncaster Rovers v Lincoln City
Exeter City v Cheltenham Town
Gillingham v Colchester United
Grimsby Town v Scunthorpe United
Ipswich Town v Tottenham Hotspur U21
Leyton Orient v Southend United
Macclesfield Town v Newcastle United U21
Oxford United v Norwich City U21
Plymouth Argyle v Bristol Rovers
Port Vale v Shrewsbury Town
Portsmouth v Crawley Town
Salford City v Aston Villa U21
 

FOLLOW IT LIVE
Tickets, which can only be bought on the night at the Lamex Stadium, are priced at £10 adults, £5 under-18s and £3 under-12s.

Supporters can purchase tickets from the South Stand turnstiles, with cash and card payment options available.

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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