DONS PREVIEW: Trio handed Dons debuts for O’s visit

Cristian Benavente with Karl Robinson
Cristian Benavente with Karl Robinson
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Three players will be handed their MK Dons debuts tomorrow night (Tuesday) in the Capital One Cup first round game against Leyton Orient.

Sergio Aguza and Cristian Benavente, who both signed from Real Madrid in the summer, will be joined by defender Matt Upson, who joined from Leicester City, as they made their bow at stadium:mk against the League 2 side.

Boss Karl Robinson is expected to make wholesale changes to the side which triumphantly started their Championship campaign on Saturday with a 4-1 win over Rotherham.

And Dons will be keen to repeat the feat the last time the sides met at stadium:mk, with the home side running out 6-1 winners.

That day, back in April, Rob Hall netted a hat-trick, while Will Grigg scored twice, with Dean Bowditch getting the other.

Dons have fond memories of the Capital One Cup. Last season, Dons cruised into the second round after a 3-1 win over AFC Wimbledon, but made worldwide news with their second round trouncing of Manchester United.

Ryan Giggs and Louis van Gaal

Ryan Giggs and Louis van Gaal

Louis Van Gaal’s men were sent packing from stadium:mk licking their wounds after a 4-0 defeat, sending ripples around the footballing world.

Robinson’s men go into the game atop the Championship after their 4-1 win at the weekend, while Orient, under the guidance of manager Ian Hendon, scored twice in two second half minutes to beat Barnet 2-0 at the Matchroom Stadium in League 2.