Bournemouth v MK Dons preview
Last Updated: 28/08/18 11:36am
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe will hand debuts to summer signings Jefferson Lerma and Diego Rico in Tuesday's Carabao Cup clash with MK Dons.
Midfielder Lerma, a £25million club-record signing, has been building his fitness and was an unused substitute against Everton on Saturday, while left-back Rico has completed a three-match ban.
With Howe planning to fully utilise his squad for the tie, England internationals Lewis Cook and Jermain Defoe will hope for action having been restricted to substitute appearances so far. Forward Junior Stanislas (knee) and midfielder Kyle Taylor (muscle problem) remain out.
MK Dons defender Baily Cargill could feature against his former club at the Vitality Stadium. Cargill, who left Bournemouth at the end of last season, impressed on his full debut for Dons against Exeter on Saturday after recovering from a knock sustained during the summer.
Mathieu Baudry, another ex-Cherries player, completes a three-match ban following his recent red card against Crewe. Forward Sam Nombe was an unused substitute at the weekend following injury and could be involved, but Conor McGrandles (facial injury) and Peter Pawlett (ankle) are long-term absentees.
Bournemouth haven't met MK Dons since March 2013 in League One, with the Cherries winning 3-0 thanks to goals from Lewis Grabban, Marc Pugh and Harry Arter.
MK Dons haven't won away at Bournemouth since February 2012, a 1-0 victory in League One under manager Karl Robinson.
Bournemouth have won their last eight cup matches (FA Cup and League Cup) against League Two opponents, most recently a 2-1 win at Morecambe in August 2016 in the League Cup second round.
Since winning 4-0 against Manchester United in the second round of the League Cup in 2014-15, MK Dons have lost their two meetings with Premier League opposition in the competition (0-6 v Southampton in 2015-16 and 1-4 v Swansea City in 2017-18).
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has won all three of his managerial meetings with Paul Tisdale, doing so while Tisdale was manager of Exeter, including a League Cup game in August 2014.
Don Goodman's prediction
Eddie Howe's men have got off to a good start in the Premier League this season and they earned a point in an eventful game against Everton at the weekend. Paul Tisdale has adapted well after leaving Exeter in the summer and is showing what a great coach he is at this level, with MK already second in League Two after five games.
As I recall, Howe has made a significant number of changes - sometimes the whole team - but even if that is the case, you just can't imagine that the visitors will have enough to match Bournemouth.
Don predicts: 3-1 (10/1 with Sky Bet)