Leyton Orient hit the road for the first time this season tonight as they travel to MK Dons for their Capital One Cup first round.
Ian Hendon made the ideal start to his reign as Orient Head Coach on Saturday as Jay Simpson and Paul McCallum scored in quick succession to hand Orient an opening day victory against Barnet.
Orient now turn their focus away from League Two as they look to try and repeat last season’s Capital One Cup run which saw them reach the third round, after winning at Plymouth (3-3 AET, won on 6-5 on penalties), and Premier League side Aston Villa (1-0).
MK Dons achieved promotion from League One on the final day of last season and come into the tie sitting top of the Championship after the opening weekend having produced a clinical display at Rotherham to end up 4-1 victors.
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THE LAST TIME WE MET
MK Dons 6 Leyton Orient 1 18.04.15 League One
It was a disappointing day for the O’s on their most recent trip to Milton Keynes as they suffered a heavy 6-1 defeat.
Four goals in the space of 15 first-half minutes saw the hosts go into the break with a healthy advantage, before winger Rob Hall sealed his hat-trick just short of the hour mark. Orient did pull a goal back through Jay Simpson but their day was rounded off when Dele Alli scored Mk Dons’ sixth nine minutes from time.
MK Dons: Martin, Spence, Kay, McFadzean, Lewington, Potter (Hitchcock 64), Alli, L Baker, Hall, Bowditch (C Baker 78), Grigg (Cole 64)
Subs: Burns, Hodson, Green, Powell
Goals: Bowditch (22), Hall (24, 37, 59), Grigg (29 pen), Alli (81)
Leyton Orient: Cisak, Cuthbert, Baudry, Clarke, Lowry, Taylor (Batt 45), James, Bartley, McAnuff (Hedges 70), Dagnall (Plasmati 61), Simpson
Subs: Sargeant, Omozusi, Wright, Mooney
Goals: Simpson (61)
Referee: Chris Kavanagh
Attendance: 10,137 (905)
Ahead of the trip Leyton Orient Head Coach Ian Hendon has a fully fit squad to hand having survived any injury scares from the weekend, but could hand Blair Turgott, Alan Dunne and Ollie Palmer their first starts. The O’s may also give several youngsters the chance to impress at stadiummk.
Meanwhile, MK Dons manager Karl Robinson has confirmed that summer signings Matthew Upson and Sergio Aguza will both make their full debuts this evening. Robinson is also expected to make several other changes with the likes of Carl Baker, Lee Hodson and Dale Jennings all available.
BETTING (Odds from League Sponsor SkyBet at the time of story being published)
Going into tie the O’s are priced at 5/1 to come away winners after 90 minutes, while MK Dons are 8/15 and a draw can be found at 16/5.
Following a draw, you can back Orient at 25/1 to win in extra time or MK Dons at 10/1.
Furthermore, the O’s are priced at 14/1 to win on penalties as are MK Dons, or you can play it safe and bet on either side to qualify with Orient priced at 9/4 and MK Dons at 1/3.
Jay Simpson opened the O’s goalscoring account for the season on Saturday and the striker can be backed to score first tonight at 9/1, which is the same as Ollie Palmer, but the favourite Orient man to score first is Paul McCallum at 17/2.
Simon Church and Sam Gallagher are the favourites for MK Dons at 9/2, while Dean Bowditch follows closely behind at 5/1.
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