Bond could make changes for Dons tie

Brian Jeeves

Southend United v Milton Keynes Dons – Carabao Cup – Roots Hall Stadium – Tuesday, August 27 (7:45pm) – Preview

Sky Bet League One strugglers, Southend United, will be seeking Carabao Cup sanctuary when Milton Keynes Dons are the visitors to Roots Hall Stadium this evening.

The Blues have lost all five of their league matches to date but made progress in this particular competition, winning by the odd goal in three at Stevenage on the opening round – Charlie Kelman’s brace proving decisive.

Kelman will hope to feature alongside fellow youngster, Isaac Hutchinson. Meanwhile, Kevin Bond might be tempted to freshen his starting line-up further with Jason Demetriou, Liam Ridgewell and  Rob Kiernan all available.

Newly-promoted Milton Keynes Dons have made a steady start in League One but suffered a 4-0 home defeat at the hands of Peterborough United last weekend. Boss, Paul Tisdale looks set to offer starts to Alex Gilbey, Rhys Healey and Brennan Dickenson who will all be looking to get valuable game time under their belts.

Southend United v Milton Keynes Dons – Head to head:
Southend United won: 3
Drawn: 2
Milton Keynes Dons won: 7

Last five meetings (all competitions):
February 20, 2010 – League One
Milton Keynes Dons 3-1 Southend United

October 22, 2016 – League One
Milton Keynes Dons 0-3 Southend United

April 17, 2017 – League One
Southend United 1-2 Milton Keynes Dons

November 21, 2017 – League One
Milton Keynes Dons 1-1 Southend United

April 21, 2018 – League One
Southend United 4-0 Milton Keynes Dons

Jeevesie’s prediction: Southend United 1-2 Milton Keynes Dons


Brian Jeeves