Northampton from League Two take on Championship side MK Dons in this Saturday’s F.A cup’s third round tie at Sixfields Stadium.
Northampton are currently second in League Two just three points behind league leaders Plymouth Argyle, who they face next Tuesday in a table topping clash.
However this weekend they are focused on the visit of Championship side MK Dons, in the FA cup third round.
This could be a league fixture next season as Northampton are challenging for promotion to League One and MK Dons are battling against relegation from the Championship.
MK Dons have shown some improvement in recent Championship games will be hoping that there is no cup upset this Saturday, when they visit Northampton, and will name as strong a side as possible.
Both teams will want to remain in the hat for the forth round draw to hopefully get one of the Premier League giants.
Here are THREE things to look out for in this third round tie between Northampton Town and MK Dons:
1) Marc Richards
If Northampton are to beat the team from England’s second tier they will need League Two top scorer Marc Richards to be on top form.
Richards has netted 15 times for Northampton which has put them second in League Two and on course for promotion from the division.
Richards has played a pivotal role in Northampton’s up turn in fortunes and a money spinning cup run would do Town a huge favour.
2) Jake Forster-Caskey
England under-21 international has re-signed for Karl Robinson’s MK Dons side from Brighton, for the rest of the season.
Talented young attack minded midfielder is a constant threat and will be the creative spark that fire MK Dons into a rhythm.
Forster-Caskey’s slick passing can unlock defences so Northampton will need to be at full strength for the cup tie to over come MK Dons.
3) MK Dons away form
MK Dons have won just once on their travels this season and have conceded 19 goals in the process.
Away from home they struggle, and Northampton by contrast are good at hope they have won 9 out of 12 home games.
It will be a tough task for the shaky MK Dons defence although they will hope the gulf between the two sides will be tell in the overall encounter between the teams.
MK Dons and Northampton fans…What do you think the outcome will be? Will Northampton go up? can MK Dons survive the battle against the drop? Leave your predictions and comments below.