Despite the festivities taking place at this time of year, football never stops and we are greeted with another game on Boxing Day, when Charlton head to Stadium mk. This will be our third game against MK this season, in just 23 days.
The first game against MK was in the Emirates FA Cup, which saw Richie Barker, who is now a member of The Valley coaching team, battle against Karl Robinson’s Charlton side for the first time which concluded in a lacklustre 0-0 draw, which forced a replay.
The second game was earlier this month, this time Karl Robinson was heading to his old club to battle against the newly appointed Robbie Neilson. The official 90 minutes concluded as 1-1, which forced extra time to be played under the competition rules. Shortly after extra time started, Charlton conceded two goals in a short space of time, knocking the Addicks out of the Emirates FA cup, with the game ending 3-1 to MK.
Karl Robinson will be hoping to stem the bleed of disappointment on Boxing Day, which he has incurred since returning to battle his old club.
In terms of injuries, Fredrik Ulvestad who has been struggling with a hamstring issue could be returning to the starting XI, after not featuring against Millwall on Wednesday.
However, Declan Rudd, Ahmed Kashi, Ricky Holmes, Lee Novak, Chris Solly and Jason Pearce will not feature due to their respective injuries.
MK Dons will be missing Scott Wootton and most likely George Baldock due to injury. They will also not be able to field Darren Potter due to suspension, but MK could see Joe Walsh return.
Robinson and his team will be looking to secure their first win under his stewardship. The Addicks currently sit in 14th, and all three points could see Charlton creep back into the top half of the Sky Bet League One table. However, this will be no easy effort, as reflecting on recent performances against Peterborough and Millwall, show a disjointed side with a lack of determination, fight and confidence.
Robbie Neilson has had an impressive start with MK, securing a significant 1-0 win against AFC Wimbeldon, their first victory at home since early 2016. However, MK Dons recently lost 1-0 against Gillingham at Priestfield Stadium, and will be looking to bounce back.
Our festive game can definitely be won, but just like many games this season, when we do not show up, we do not win, against teams that – on paper – we should.
Prediction: MK Dons 1 – 1 Charlton Athletic
Come on You Reds, Up The Addicks!