AFC to shock MK

Nick Hext brings you his best bets for this weekend's FA Cup ties and feels AFC Wimbledon are a value pick.

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AFC Wimbledon: Face MK Dons on Sunday

AFC Wimbledon: Face MK Dons on Sunday

There is no doubt about the match attracting the most media attention in the second round of the FA Cup.

MK Dons host AFC Wimbledon on Sunday in the first meeting between the clubs since AFC's birth as a response to Wimbledon's move to Milton Keynes.

You can get the full details about the controversy surrounding the clash elsewhere but it's fair to say that there isn't much love for MK from the Kingsmeadow outfit.

AFC are just one point above the League Two relegation zone but the likes of Byron Harrison and Luke Moore should be back in the reckoning following injury.

That provides boss Neal Ardley with better options and he will need them for a clash against an in-form side operating a division higher.

Striker Jack Midson will be one of the main men for MK to watch out for and he has spoken about the motivation the players from Kingsmeadow have.

"In the back of our mind we know about the history but as players we have to cross that white line and give everything we can," he told BBC Sport.

"There's no point brushing it under the carpet. It's a massive occasion.

"We have to be confident that we can win and it might spur us and the fans on.

"I can't imagine how they must have felt when the club split. I respect their decision if they do go or don't go. We have to do them proud."

MK go into this clash as massive favourites but they did in the first round against Cambridge City and the 9/1 outsiders managed to secure a 0-0 draw in the initial meeting between the clubs in front of the television cameras.

AFC are a tempting price for the victory but the 13/2 in the draw no bet market offers greater appeal to me and will be selected accordingly.

Nobody quite knows what to expect at stadium:mk but this is the value call in such an intriguing encounter.

There is also good chance to support a League Two club against a League One club on Saturday's coupon.

Gillingham, who lead the way in the fourth tier after a marvellous start to the season, make the long journey north to Preston and should be backed for victory.

The Gills are unbeaten in seven matches with only one away defeat in the league this term and boss Martin Allen is feeling good ahead of the Deepdale trip.

"It's an exciting weekend, the FA Cup is special to all of us football supporters and it's an opportunity for the players to put themselves up against a team in the division above," he said.

"It's a big incentive for me and for all of us - the staff, the people behind the scenes at the club, the supporters and the squad. Can you imagine what a laugh we would have if we went to a Premier League club away from home? We would have fun wouldn't we?

"What a buzz it creates but let's put the fantasies and dreams away and let's just concentrate on enjoying the game Saturday and helping our players play well."

Preston have only won once in six home games so take the 3/1 for Gillingham to continue a fantastic campaign so far by reaching round three.

  • The game at MK Dons is being televised live in the UK on ITV1.


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