PREVIEW: Dons looking to progress past Bluebirds

Captial One Cup
Captial One Cup

MK Dons are back in Capital One Cup action on Tuesday night as they take on Cardiff City at stadium:mk.

The two sides have met just twice in the past, and both have come in the League Cup, with the spoils going to the Bluebirds on both occasions.

The first meeting came back in 2004 and saw Cardiff leave the National Hockey Stadium as 4-1 winners over 10-man Dons after Harry Ntimban-Zeh sending off.

Dons made the trip to Wales in 2008 four years later in 2008, but fell 2-0 down shortly after half time. Sean O’Hanlon pulled a goal back for Roberto Di Matteo’s side, but they crashed out 2-1.

Cardiff are another of Dons’ Championship counter-parts, but can boast a proud recent history in the competition. Under Malky Mackay, the Bluebirds reached the final in 2012, but lost out to Liverpool in the final at Wembley.

Dons also hold the competition in great esteem, having beaten Manchester United 4-0 in this round 12 months ago.

Karl Robinson’s side hold a narrow advantage over Russel Slade’s men in the Championship, with Dons picking up seven points, while Cardiff have six though remain undefeated this season.

Last time out, Dons left it late to beat Leyton Orient 2-1 at stadium:mk, with both goals coming at the death after Robinson made 10 changes to his starting line-up.

And the Dons boss is expected to make sweeping changes to his side, though Ben Reeves and Joe Walsh will miss out through injury.

Cardiff booked their spot in the second round with a 1-0 win over AFC Wimbledon.