Our prediction for this EFL Cup match:
Watford play host to MK Dons at their Vicarage Road in the EFL Cup last 64. The Hornets made a promising start to the new Championship campaign, with the team sitting in second place after five rounds. Watford have big ambitions for the 2022/2023 EFL Cup campaign as well, but key players are likely to be rested in Tuesday’s clash. All Dele-Bashiru, Kalu, and Louza are out of contention with injuries, while all Mario Gaspar, Troost-Ekont, and Gosling should be recalled to the starting XI.
The Dons, on the other hand, head into the midweek clash following a 1-1 draw with Accrington. MK Dons, though, have been struggling on the travels this season, and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Watford’s party at Vicarage Road. Both Daniel Oyegoke and Grant are pushing for a start, with Louie Barry and Matt Smith expected to drop to the bench.
Highlighted Player (Tom Cleverley):
Tom Cleverley started his youth career at Bradford City, but, at the age of 11 he joined Manchester United football academy. The 175-cm-tall midfielder made a great progress during his spell with the Old Trafford outfit and it has to be noted that he made his first-team debut with the Red Devils in a 3-2 win over Manchester City in the 2011 Community Shield.
Cleverley, who played for the likes of Leicester City, Watford, Wigan and Aston Villa on loan, scored three goals in 55 appearances in the league for Man Utd and in the summer of 2015 he signed a five-year deal with Everton. The midfielder scored two goals in 32 appearances in the league for the Toffees and he spent the second half of the 2016/2017 season on loan at Watford.
On March 31, 2017 Tom Cleverley signed a permanent five-year deal with the Hornets for an undisclosed fee. Speaking of his international career, the Watford footballer made his England debut in a 2-1 win over Italy on August 15, 2012. Cleverly was born in Basingstoke, England on August 12, 1989.
Highlighted Team (MK Dons):
Based in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes Dons are a League One club that welcome their rivals at Stadium MK. The venue was opened in 2007 and can hold up to 30,500 spectators. Milton Keynes Dons play their home games in white shirts and white shorts, whilst their away kit is red.
The Dons are one of the youngest clubs in England as they were founded in 2004, but they are well known for youth development. English attacker is the club’s all-time top goal-scorer, netting 62 goals in 165 appearances for MK Dons. Dele Alli, who currently plays for Tottenham Hotspur, is the most famous footballer to have played for the Milton Keynes Dons, netting 18 goals in 62 appearances for the club in the league.
Speaking of notable coaches, it has to be noted that former Liverpool superstar Robbie Fowler and ex German international Dietmar Hamman were in charge of the club.