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3 things to look out for in the MK Dons v Northampton FA Cup Third Round Replay



MK Dons will lock horns once again with Northampton Town tonight at Stadium MK in the FA Cup third round replay.

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The Championship and League Two side could not be separated by a thrilling 2-2 draw 10 days ago.

An own goal by Cobblers defender Ryan Cresswell put MK Dons 1-0 up at the interval.

Two-second half goals from Northampton’s Ricky Holmes put the League Two side 2-1 with half an hour to play at the Sixfields Stadium, but Nicky Maynard spared his sides blushes as he latched on to a cross, 8 minutes from time.

The winners of the tie tonight will face Premier League opposition, Chelsea on their own turf in the fourth round of the FA Cup that will be broadcast on BBC One.

Both sides come into the game looking for back-to-back victories as MK Dons recorded a 1-0 victory over Reading and Northampton defeating Dag&Red 2-1.

The Cobblers are going well in League Two as they are level on points with top of the table Plymouth and have won 9 out of their last 10 games.

MK Don’s victory over Reading was a massive 3 points but are still looking over their shoulder in the Championship – two points adrift of the bottom three.

Football League World Writer, Ashley Williams identifies THREE things to look out for…

1) Northampton’s form justifies an upset?

The Cobblers have one of the best forms in the English leagues at the moment and their fans will travel to Milton Keynes full of optimism.

They have recorded nine wins out of their last 10 games.

The Dons are struggling at the foot of the Championship and they will not want to face a side that is full of confidence.

The League Two side also have a good record of beating sides in divisions above them this season, dispossessing Coventry City and Blackpool in cup competitions.

2) 7,000 Cobbler supporters

The League Two club have sold 7,000 away tickets tonight for the short trip to their Championship opponents.

This is the club’s largest away following since records began.

The Northampton players will appreciate as much support as possible with such an exciting fourth round tie to think about.

The Northampton fans will be encouraged by MK Dons poor record at home in the FA Cup – losing their last three ties in the competition.

3) Could MK Dons weakened side cost them?

Karl Robinson is being forced to make five changes for the replay tonight from the 1-0 victory over Reading, with Kyle McFadzean suspended and Joe Walsh still lacking match fitness.

Dons could be in for a tough run tonight and without Robinson’s full strength side, you could question whether they face the possibility of being dumped out tonight.

The Cobblers have confident attacking players, with Ricky Holmes scoring four in his last four games and Marc Richards scoring 15 goals this season.

MK Dons and Northampton fans… Are you going to the game tonight? Will the Cobblers upset the Dons? Are you excited of the prospect of meeting Chelsea? Let us know in your thoughts and opinions below!

Multimedia reporter for William Reed Business Media in Crawley. Looking to eventually become a sports journalist. Contact: Twitter: @AshleyGWill

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