There will be no room for friendships on Tuesday night as MK Dons take on Bolton Wanderers at stadium:mk.
Karl Robinson and Bolton boss Neil Lennon are close friends both on and off the field, and the Dons boss admitted the Bolton fixture is one he was eager to see early on in the campaign.
“I’ll be playing against arguably one of my best friends,” he said. “He’s someone I’ve known a long time, and someone I’ve spent a lot of time with away from football too.
“I’ve been looking forward to this one for a long time.”
It’ll be the first time the two clubs have come face-to-face with each other - one of only five teams Dons haven’t pitted their wits against in the Championship.
Dons’ season got off to a flier against Rotherham, with a 4-1 win sending them to the top of the table.
But they were brought back down to earth with a bang on Saturday as they lost to fellow Championship newboys Preston 1-0 at stadium:mk.
It has been a far more torrid affair for Bolton though. Having drawn 0-0 with Derby on opening day, they were 3-0 after just 32 minutes at the Riverside Stadium against Middlesbrough on Saturday, and find themselves sat 22nd in the table, still without a goal to their name.
Bolton though represent the first team test of Dons’ Championship mettle, with recent experience of playing both Rotherham and Preston in the last 18 months.