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Just sixteen teams remain in this year’s EFL Trophy as League 1 sides Charlton and the MK Dons prepare to battle it out for the opportunity to reach the competition’s final eight. This is a match that both will see as an ideal opportunity to win and is a match that both sets of fans will be eagerly awaiting.
Both teams enter this contest with some relatively good form in the books. The visitors, the MK Dons find themselves in 7th place in the League 1 table just four points outside of the playoff places and have enjoyed a good recent run of just one defeat in their last five. They sit six places and ten points above their opponents Charlton who enter this match on the back of two successive defeats. The two sides met twice in 2021 with both teams managing to win one each, the winning margin on each occasion was just one goal.
Charlton at home are a tough side to beat and have won four of their last five in all competitions, but MK Dons won’t be discouraged as they have won their last three away games.
League form goes out of the window in matches like this and we think this game will be very competitive. In a game that could go either way we will back this one to be settled on penalties and will back the draw.
Over 2.5 goals
You could argue that for both of these teams this isn’t just simply the match of their respective seasons but also one of the biggest matches they would have played in many seasons. In a contest that looks as tight as this one does on paper, we always feel that the smart play is to back the under market and here we will be backing the under 2.5 goal market. Charlton haven’t seen the over 2.5 goal mark surpassed in any of their previous five contests whilst for the MK Dons they have seen it surpassed in two of their last five. Despite their differing league positions we feel it could be a nervy contest and could be a game that goes either way, so the under 2.5 goal bet has to be backed.
Both teams to score
In predicting that this match has the potential to be low scoring, we will also be backing both teams not to find the back of the net in this one. Charlton haven’t seen both teams score in any of their last five matches, whereas for the MK Dons they have seen both teams score in three of their last five. When these sides meet, only twice in the last five have both teams scored and we hope this low scoring is a trend that continues here.
The Best Match Odds for Charlton vs MK Dons
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is the venue for this fixture?
This game will be played at the home of Charlton at the famous Valley Stadium.
Who should we be looking out for?
Connor Washington leads the line for both Charlton and Northern Ireland and the experienced forward has found the back of the net seven times this season and laid on two assists. Look for the experienced forward to be the difference maker in this tight contest.
What is the kick-off time for Charlton vs MK Dons?
The match will start at 19:00 GMT on the 4th January 2021.