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Match Pack: AFC Bournemouth v MK Dons


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AFC Bournemouth make their first step into this season's Carabao Cup as they host League Two MK Dons at Vitality Stadium on Tuesday evening.

AFC Bournemouth v MK Dons

Tuesday 28th August, 7:45pm

Carabao Cup

Vitality Stadium

The Cherries came from two goals down against Everton on Saturday, claiming a dramatic 2-2 draw to retain their unbeaten start to the new Premier League season.

Attentions now turn to the Carabao Cup, a competition Eddie Howe's side reached the quarter-finals of last season, taking Chelsea to within a whisker of extra time at Stamford Bridge before Alvaro Morata's late winner for the Blues.

Relegated from League One last season, their second demotion in three seasons, the Dons brought in Paul Tisdale as manager ahead of the campaign and have made a fine start, unbeaten in their five games so far and upsetting the odds by beating Charlton from the league above to set up Tuesday night's second round match.

Last time out

MK Dons 1 - 0 Exeter City

Dons dangerman Kieran Agard missed a penalty before scoring another ten minutes later for the only goal of the game as the hosts continued their unbeaten start in League Two and inflicted a first loss on the Grecians.

Much of the pre-match talk centred on Dons boss Paul Tisdale, who made the switch to Stadium MK this summer following 12 years with his side's Saturday opponents.

The bulk of the action took place in the second half, Dean Moxey given a second yellow on 54 minutes and conceding a penalty for a handball, missed by Agard, before the home striker made up for his mistake by slotting home from 12 yards after Cherries striker Jayden Stockley had also handballed in the box.

The win saw the Dons jump ahead of City into second place in the League Two table.

MK Dons: Nicholls, Williams, Cargill, Walsh, Brittain (D'Ath 87'), Houghton, Moore-Taylor, Gilbey (Cisse 81'), Lewington, Simpson (Healey 72'), Agard

Team news

The Dons made a handful of changes in the first round match with Charlton but are expected to name a strong side for their trip to Dorset.

One of the changes made was a debut for Baily Cargill, the former Cherries defender having missed parts of pre-season with injury. The centre-back has subsequently made his league bow for the club and played the full 90 minutes on Saturday.

Mathieu Baudry, another former Bournemouth man, will not be involved, however, as he serves the final game of a ban picked up for a recent red card against Crewe.

The manager

Tisdale was the longest-serving manager in the top four divisions before making the switch to the Dons this summer, coming in for Dan Micciche, whose 16-game spell in charge came to an end last April.

Tisdale led former side Exeter to Wembley in the League Two play-off finals in the last two seasons, losing on both occasions, making himself the number one choice to take over at Stadium MK this summer, according to chairman Pete Winkleman.

Top stat

Tuesday's match is the first time the teams have played for five and half years. The last meeting was a sweet one for the Cherries, goals from Lewis Grabban, Marc Pugh and Harry Arter seeing Bournemouth to a 3-0 away success.

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