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  • 16 February 2013
  • • 15:00
  • • Stadium mk, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
  • Referee: M. Jones
  • • Attendance: 14475
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MK Dons - Barnsley Preview: Karl Robinson's team aim for first ever FA Cup quarter-final berth

MK Dons - Barnsley Preview: Karl Robinson's team aim for first ever FA Cup quarter-final berth

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The hosts are enjoying their best-ever run in the national competition but will come up against an in-form Tykes side rejuvented by the appointment of David Flitcroft

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

MK DONS

Martin
Otsemobor, MacKenzie, Williams, Lewington
Harley, Potter
Powell, Chadwick, Bowditch
Smith
BARNSLEY

Steele
Cranie, Foster, Kennedy
Delap, Etuhu, Perkins, Golbourne
O'Brien
Dagnall, Scotland

Luke Chadwick is likely to start for MK Dons after making his first appearance since December as a substitute in the 0-0 draw with Doncaster following a knee injury.

Stephen Gleeson (foot) remains sidelined so loanee Ryan Harley will continue alongside Darren Potter in central midfield, while Alan Smith is set to lead the line in the absence of Patrick Bamford (hamstring), Izale McLeod (cup-tied) and Ryan Lowe (suspended). Antony Kay is also serving a ban.

Barnsley are in fine form and the only change manager David Flitcroft has made in the last three matches is replacing right wing-back John Stones, who joined Everton, with loan signing Rory Delap.

He could be tempted, however, to hand Jason Scotland a start in attack over Marlon Harewood after the former Ipswich striker scored for the third time in three games from the bench against Middlesbrough.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • MK Dons have seen off Championship outfit Sheffield Wednesday and Premier League club QPR to reach the fifth round of the FA Cup for the first time in their history.
  • Karl Robinson's (pictured right) team raced into a 4-0 lead against the latter before Harry Redknapp's team narrowed the deficit with two late goals.
  • Their impressive cup run has come at a cost, however; the Dons have not won in League One since the 2-1 victory over Notts County on New Year's Day and have slipped to 12th place as a result.
  • Dean Bowditch has been the most significant contributor to the Dons' attack this season, scoring nine goals and assisting in another 11 in all competitions.
  • Barnsley manager David Flitcroft has turned the Tykes' season around since he took over, originally in a caretaker capacity, following the sacking of Keith Hill at the end of December.
  • Flitcroft's first match in charge was a 2-1 defeat against Peterborough but Barnsley have won six and drawn one in their seven games since.
  • They have lifted themselves off the foot of the Championship table to 22nd, and remain in the relegation zone only on goal difference.
  • Barnsley, who beat fellow Championship sides Burnley and Hull to book a date at Stadium MK, won the FA Cup in the 1911-12 season and knocked out Liverpool and Chelsea to reach the semi-finals in 2007-08.

Players to watch

S. Williams

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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The 26-year old Irishman is a central midfielder by trade but has earned rave reviews at the heart of the MK Dons defence. Karl Robinson has attempted to move Williams into a more attacking position this season but the Dons simply look more comfortable with the former Sporting Fingal man distributing the ball from the back and he will be vital in ensuring they gain a foothold on home turf in this tie.

J. O'Brien

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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Normally a winger, O'Brien has slotted into David Flitcroft's new 3-5-2 formation seamlessly since being recalled to the starting line-up against Millwall at the end of January. He has scored the opening goal in Barnsley's last two games against Blackpool and Middlesbrough and has used his speed to move beyond the strikers into scoring positions to good effect, enabling the Tykes to overload the opposition centre-backs with three forward players.

Editor's Prediction

On the basis of league position, MK Dons have already faced two tougher ties than this in the FA Cup this season but neither QPR nor Sheffield Wednesday were in the kind of form Barnsley have enjoyed since the appointment of David Flitcroft. The Dons have struggled in League One in recent weeks and could find their normal passing game stifled by the Tykes' distinct formation. The confidence and momentum the visitors have picked up might lend them a decisive clinical edge in what should be a tightly contested affair.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Milton Keynes Dons

Barnsley

Wins
3
0
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Milton Keynes Dons FC MKD
Milton Keynes Dons FC Milton Keynes Dons
Draw
Barnsley FC BAR
Barnsley FC Barnsley
32%
57%

Top 3 Predictions

Milton Keynes Dons FC MKD
1 - 2
Barnsley FC BAR
Milton Keynes Dons FC MKD
2 - 0
Barnsley FC BAR
Milton Keynes Dons FC MKD
2 - 1
Barnsley FC BAR

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