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Preview: MK Dons v Burnley

12 January 2016

The Clarets travel to MK Dons in the first of their away double-header this week looking to build on their Emirates FA Cup progress against Sky Bet Championship leaders Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium.

Goals from Rouwen Hennings and Stephen Ward win the third round tie 2-1, after Diego Fabbrini had given the hosts the lead.

They come up against an MK Dons side who also secured their place in the hat for the Fourth Round with a 2-2 draw at Northampton Town.

Karl Robinson’s men have won all five of their Tuesday home fixtures in the 2015/16 campaign and will be hoping to make it six to propel themselves further away from danger.

The Dons currently sit in 20th position in the Sky Bet Championship and have won their last two games at stadium:mk against Sheffield Wednesday and Cardiff City 2-1.

Burnley: WLWDW

Nicky Maynard joined MK Dons on a deal until the end of the season in September and has netted four times so far this term.

His leveller against Northampton Town at the weekend kept the Dons in the FA Cup and he also scored the winner against Sheffield Wednesday in December.

His considerable talent at this level has been curtailed by injury in recent years but Karl Robinson will be hoping he can get the best out of a man who broke the 20 goal mark in the 2009/10 season.

Burnley (Vokes 32’, Boyd 49’) 2-1 MK Dons (Baker 45+1)

Burnley: Heaton; Darikwa, Duff, Keane, Mee; Boyd, Jones, Arfield, Kightly (Taylor 85); Vokes (Hennings 75), Gray (Long 79)

Subs: Gilks, Lowton, Ward, Anderson

MK Dons: Martin; Spence, McFadzean, Kay, Lewington; Carruthers, Poyet, Bowditch (Powell 81); Hall (Murphy 67), Baker, Church (Gallagher 75)

Subs: Hodson, Upson, Aguza, Burns

Attendance: 15,845 (166)

Referee: Kevin Wright

Michael Duff is back in contention for the Clarets ahead of the trip to MK Dons after missing the Emirates FA Cup tie against Middlesbrough.

Dean Marney will be given more time to recover from a calf injury though and will not feature at stadium:mk.

MK Dons will be without the services of leading goalscorer Carl Baker, who scored at Turf Moor earlier this season, after he ruptured a ligament in his ankle against Leeds United.

Stephen Martin will officiate the Clarets’ Sky Bet Championship trip to Milton Keynes Dons tomorrow night.

The Staffordshire-based official has taken charge of 20 games so far in the 2015/16 campaign, issuing 51 yellow cards and three red cards.

The last Burnley fixture he took charge of was the 3-1 victory over Sheffield Wednesday at Turf Moor in September.

Just two players were booked on that occasion; Barry Bannan and Sam Hutchinson for the visitors.

Mr Martin will be assisted by Mr Mark Howes, Mr Dave Bushell and fourth official Lee Swabey.

Sean Dyche: "They're making a good fist of it since they've come up and they've not had mountains of money to spend. They've stuck with the main framework and the players they've got as well as what the manager believes in.

"It's another tough Championship game. We know we have to be right on top of our game, I know I say it a lot but it's true because they're certainly no mugs at home and they'll want to give a performance and fight to be in the division."

Karl Robinson: "We know we're in for a very tough evening against Burnley. We felt we should have got more points on the board than we have so far this season.

"stadium:mk has been our fortress this season so we need to make sure we use that to the best of our ability.

"I'm looking for a work ethic and togetherness that allows us to perform and try to compete with one of the best teams in the league."

Sean Dyche’s side head to the MK Dons on the back of an impressive 2-1 FA Cup win at Middlesbrough and they are the 13/10 favourites with Sky Bet to keep up their push for promotion with three points. The hosts can be backed at 9/4 with a draw on offer at 21/10.

Striker Andre Gray got a hat-trick for the visitors at the end of last month against Bristol City and he is 4/1 to score first and 13/8 in the anytime market. The pair met back in September with the Clarets winning 2-1 – a repeat of that scoreline is 17/2. 
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