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Stuart Dalgleish 4th Oct 2010 - 20:28

Charlton are Addick-ted to beating the Dons

If this match would've taken place at the start of the season then I'd have said MK Dons home win (11/8), that doesn't seem so straightforward now.

When Charlton (9/5, the draw is 5/2) lost such players as Nicky Bailey, Frazer Richardson and Jonjo Shelvey it looked like they'd be in for a struggle this season, but as it is they're performing admirably sitting just outside the play-offs.

Their position would've been a lot better if they had played the first half as they did the second at Brentford on Saturday; they were all over the shop in the opening 45 and left themselves too much do as they lost 2-1, their first defeat in five games.

In that run of four undefeated, they beat MK Dons 1-0 at The Valley only a week ago so will hope to re-discover that form, as they face the Dons again, to book their place in the area quarter-finals of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

It makes it interesting to see what kind of team Phil Parkinson will put out at stadiummk, he'll undoubtedly want a response from his players, but at the same time the trip to Home Park to take on Plymouth on Saturday will surely be his priority, as much as a win breeds confidence getting out of League 1 is top of the agenda for the season.

One player that will hope to be involved is Pawel Abbott, the big Polish striker came off the bench at the weekend and certainly improved Charlton's attacking options, he's a tempting 11/2 to bag the opener or 6/4 to score at any time.

Another who will want to be in the starting XI is Matt Fry, who came off at the weekend against Brentford, the left-back position was filled by Johnnie Jackson in the second half but they really prefer him to operate in midfield.

The Dons also have concerns at the back, centre-half Gary MacKenzie came off in the 1-1 draw with Colchester on Saturday, but Sean O'Hanlon is available again so Karl Robinson shouldn't worry too much as the Scouser should just fit straight into MacKenzie's position.

MK do have troubles up front though, Jermaine Easter just hasn't been able to take his form of 2009 into 2010.  The Welsh ace bagged 15 goals in the first half of last season, but since the turn of the year he's only scored six goals, and is yet to register in the league this term.

There can't be doubting the striker's talent, indeed the two goals he's scored this season have come against Premier League opposition in the Carling Cup, he's just one of those players that relies on confidence, if he manages to grab a goal tonight (5/1 first, 5/4 anytime) you can be sure he'll be a regular name on the scoresheet for MK in the next few months.

Angelo Balanta certainly isn't lacking confidence for the Dons, the Colombian winger blasted in a sensational goal after coming off the bench at the weekend and will hope to be in the first XI against Charlton, at 8/1 he looks a good shout to get the opener and is 11/4 to score in 90 minutes.

If Balanta starts and gets at players like he can then MK will be a tough team to beat, but I'm going to side with Charlton in this match due to their great recent record of just one defeat in seven against the Dons.

I don't think it'll be a high scoring classic so would look at under 2.5 goals at 8/11, maybe even more adventurous would be the 12/5 available on under 1.5.

Kyel Reid has looked in good nick recently so he'd be where my money would be going, the wide-man is a 9/1 shot to score first, and 10/3 to pounce at anytime, combine him with a 1-0 Charlton win in the scorecast market and you get a very tempting 65/1 on offer.



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