OK, I’ll put my hand up. I forgot the Capital One cup ties were this week. It’s unlikely that either of the League 1 teams still involved in the contest will win it, but tonight’s match in Buckinghamshire might provide a lucrative home game in the next round.
MK Dons have won two of the three meetings at Stadium mk in the league but Sheffield United won the only meeting between the sides in League Cup (3-2 in August 2007), but with five of the last six meetings at all venues having produced just one goal or less, this looks like a tight one. It’s the furthest the hosts have ever reached in the competition since they started playing under their ‘new’ name, but the Blades reached the semis as a Premier League team in 2003 and were one game away from reaching the FA Cup final last season.
The draw for the First Round of the FA Cup was made last night and some interesting ties came up. Five League One clubs will fall at the first hurdle and that could potentially include three teams in the current top seven (Bristol City in addition to the pair in tonight’s Carling Cup tie) so look for those sides to possibly focus on promotion rather than cup glory. With eight sides drawn against non-league opposition, there are plenty of potential upsets, especially considering that Coventry are the only team that have been given a home draw.
Fixtures to be played on the weekend of 7th-10th November:
All League One:
Crewe v Sheffield United, Gillingham v Bristol City, Oldham v Leyton Orient, Port Vale v MK Dons, Yeovil v Crawley
Against League Two:
Barnsley v Burton, Cheltenham v Swindon, Notts County v Accrington Stanley, Peterborough v Carlisle. Northampton v Rochdale, Walsall v Shrewsbury
Against non-league opposition (eight)
Cambridge United v Fleetwood, Canvey Island or Havant & Waterlooville v Preston, Chorley/Halifax Town v Bradford, Coventry v Worcester, Forest Green Rovers v Scunthorpe, Gosport Borough v Colchester, Weston-super-Mare v Doncaster, Weymouth/Braintree v Chesterfield
I’ll be back after tonight’s game finishes with an update.
Update: Michael Higdon got a late winner for Sheffield United at Milton Keynes. The Blades won 2-1.