After producing a strong team in the last round against Scunthorpe, it became obvious that Hiddink saw the FA cup as his one chance of silverware this season, the trophy he won in his last term with Chelsea. With this being said I believe he will take the opportunity to rotate the squad to give some players receiving some necessary minutes of match experience.
I am hoping that Hazard will get to use the match to get back to full match fitness. His form and fitness will be required in remainder of the season. Young players like RLC and Kennedy should see some game time, in this low risk fixture. With Remy looking to be leaving this window and Falcao still out injured, Costa should start, this will give him a chance to continue his electric form, there is also hope that some young players like Bamford or Traore, neither played in the 5-1 victory for the U21 against Spurs on Thursday,could be able to replace Costa for a large proportion of the second half.
MK Dons currently sit 20th in the Championship and just came off a 3 – 1 defeat to Bolton, Chelsea should be able to progress to the next round; but this is the FA Cup, anything can happen.
MK Dons Striker Nicky Maynard (hamstring) is a major doubt, while Matthew Upson (hamstring), Ben Reeves (thigh) and Carl Baker (ankle) are also out. George Baldock has returned following his loan spell at Oxford, but is cup-tied after featuring in their win over Swansea.
Meanwhile, Eden Hazard could start for the first time in four weeks on Sunday after suffering from a groin injury. Diego Costa is fit to feature despite limping off with a knee complaint during his side’s win over Arsenal, but fellow striker Loic Remy (calf) is a doubt. Ever present on the sidelines, Radamel Falcao (thigh) is unlikely to miss out on quality time with the club doctors to play a game of football this weekend.
The Alexandre Pato and Matt Miazga deals are unlikely to be completed in time for them to feature.
Chelsea: Begovic, Ivanovic, Zouma, Cahill, Baba Rahman, Matic, Ruben Loftus Cheek, Hazard, Oscar, Kennedy, Costa
MK Dons: Martin, Spence, Kay, Walsh, Lewington, Potter, Forster-Caskey, Carruthers, Williams, Murphy, Church
MK Dons: LWWLDD
Head to head
Time: 16:00 Kick off
Television: BBC 1 (15:35)
Highlights: BBC 1, Match of the Day (22:30)