Charlton can book their place in the FA Cup third round with a routine win over MK Dons.
Charlton v MK Dons - Saturday 15:00
Karl Robinson takes charge of Charlton for the first time against the club he served for more than six years, a club that was still managerless throughout this week’s preparations nearly six weeks after his departure. And one assumes Robinson knows everything there is to know about the thought processes of Richie Barker, not to mention the strengths and weaknesses of the players.
So it’s hard to imagine anything other than a routine win for the Addicks here. They hold a six-point advantage in League One with a game in hand, their goal difference is superior by 12 and looking at the respective line-ups on paper, it is the hosts who boast the clearer identity from a tactical perspective. Back the Charlton/Charlton half time/full time bet at 11/4.
You could argue that Milton Keynes will be on a mission to ensure they don’t have their pants pulled down by the man who jumped ship when he arguably didn't need to and left the players to fend for themselves. Alternatively, you might think the presence of Robinson’s successor Robbie Neilson - presumably watching from the stands - will give them another reason to impress.
But these are all distractions, adding to a cocktail of emotions that could easily make this another day to forget for the visitors. The Charlton players ought to be cold and detached from the whole situation. They put leaders Scunthorpe to the sword in the last round, while the Dons were squeezing past seventh-tier Spennymoor Town.