Date: 30th January 2016 at 11:23am
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MK Dons host Chelsea in the 4th round of the FA Cup tomorrow afternoon in what will be a distraction from the fight to stay in the Championship.

A distraction it may be, but whether it`ll be an enjoyable one is something else. While the Dons are, or course, expected to lose to the Premier League Champions, the situation is very different to the 4-0 victory over Manchester United last season. The Dons no longer have many big-game players like Alli, Afobe or Grigg in their ranks, and are low in confidence after an atrocious performance in the 3-1 loss at Bolton on Saturday. It could well be damage limitation rather than looking for a shock result.

Perhaps the biggest blow to the Dons is injury to Nicky Maynard, who is a doubt for Sunday`s game and likely to be replaced by the struggling Simon Church. The striker has exasperated fans who`ve resigned themselves to the fact that a goal from their number 11 is incredibly unlikely. Meanwhile, Carl Baker, Matthew Upson and Ben Reeves are injured.

Walsh and Kay will also be competing to start alongside Kyle McFadzean in central defence, who will return from suspension.

Chelsea currently sit 13th in the Premier League and, after a difficult season so far, culminating in the sacking of José Mourinho, they will be pushing for cup success and will likely put out a strong team. Under new boss Guus Hiddink, the 7-time FA Cup winners are unbeaten in their last 8 games.

Dons boss Karl Robinson was positive ahead of the game and highlighted it as a big occasion in the short history of the club:

‘We understand we’ll be climbing a mountain, we understand we’re certainly the underdogs, by a long way, but the FA Cup has thrown in a few strange results before, so you just don’t know.

‘It’s a nice distraction. What it has done for the city of Milton Keynes is it’s certainly lifted everybody. It’s given everyone something to look forward to.

‘It’s a free game, to an extent, and a wonderful experience as well. It’s very rare you go into a game just to be able to enjoy it.’