Preview: MK Dons (H)

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Leyton Orient host MK Dons at the Breyer Group Stadium in the first knockout game of the Papa John’s Trophy.

The O’s sailed through the group stages without a goal conceded, but know they will need to be in top form to overcome one of League One’s most dangerous teams.

THE DONS

It wasn’t the start to the season MK Dons would have expected or wanted when manager Russell Martin departed Stadium MK to join Championship side Swansea City, just days before the season began.

The club appointed Liam Manning who immediately took MK Dons on a nine game unbeaten streak in all competitions. Since that run The Dons have struggled to remain consistent in their form but still find themselves in the play-off positions and four points from the automatics.

In the Papa John’s Trophy they defeated fellow League One side, Burton Albion 2-1 at the Pirelli Stadium. The Dons then beat high-flying Wycombe Wanderers 2-1 at Stadium MK.

Top spot of the group would be decided at Stadium MK when The Dons hosted Aston Villa’s U21 side. Both teams had maximum points after their first two games and after a action packed 90 minutes, Aston Villa came out 4-2 victors to secure themselves a home tie in the next round of the competition.

KEY PLAYERS

Milton Keynes’ star man this season has been 22-year-old, Scott Twine.

The winger has scored nine goals and assisted six in the league this campaign. That is better than his impressive total he achieved at Swindon Town last season where he scored seven and assisted three, which couldn’t keep them in the division.

With Twine likely to be rested for the start of this game however, MK Dons will be looking at Troy Parrot to step up to the mark.

The 19-year old striker on loan from Tottenham Hotspur has been tipped for big things, and will be keen to prove he can hit those heights.

He’s notched four goals so far this term, which included one in the defeat to Aston Villa U21’s, and will hope to add to his tally tonight.

THE OFFICIALS

Referee: Craig Hicks

Assistants: Kevin Howick and Stephen Finch

Fourth Official: Andrew Aylott

Hicks has been in charge of 16 games this season across league one and two, showing 47 yellow cards and two red.

The official was in charge of The O’s Carabao clash with Queens Park Rangers. He distributed two yellow cards that evening with QPR and Orient taking one each.

DIGITAL PROGRAMME

Tonight’s digital programme is available for free, here. Supporters wishing to purchase a physical copy of the programme can do so, thanks to our friends at Curtis Sport.

HOW TO FOLLOW

Tickets for the game are available at the ground, for just £5 for Adults and £1 for U18’s.

If you want to stream the game, match passes will be just £10. T0 buy your pass click here.

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