Milton Keynes Dons vs Brentford
The Dons endured a difficult season back in the third tier which led to long-serving manager Karl Robinson leaving stadium:MK after six years at the club. After relegation from the Sky Bet Championship in May 2016, The Dons won just four of their opening 14 league games to bring to an end Robinson's tenure in Buckinghamshire.
Ritchie Barker took temporary charge and steadied the ship before Robbie Nielson swapped Hearts for MK in December. The former Brentford defender won 12 of his 30 games in charge last season, including five of the last nine, to guide MK to a top-half finish.
Six new faces have arrived at stadium:MK this summer including Malian defender Ousseynou Cisse, Aberdeen defender Peter Pawlett, Wolves youngster Ethan Ebanks-Landell and Southampton forward Ryan Seager.
The man in the opposition dugout will be a familar face to Bees fans after spending four months at Griffin Park in 2011. The Scotland international played 16 times under Nicky Forster, including an appearance at Wembley in the EFL Trophy final.
The defender made his name at Hearts, spending 13 years at Tynecastle, appearing 249 times and winning the Scottish Cup in 2006. He moved south in 2009 and joined Leicester City before rounding off his career with spells at Dundee United, Falkirk, and East Fife.
After more than 350 professional appearances, Robbie started his coaching career with Hearts Under-20s before taking over as manager in the summer of 2014. His first season saw The Jam Tarts romp to the Scottish Championship title, finishing 21 points clear, and he followed that up by leading them to third in the Scottish Premier League during the 2015/16 season. He departed Tynecastle in December 2016 for MK, having won 62 of his 106 games in charge.
Tickets will be available from the Away Ticket Booth at Stadium MK, cash only for Bees fans. Those wanting to pay by card can visit the Main Ticket Office. Tickets are priced at:
Seniors (65+) £8
Juniors (Under-18) £3
Seats for Brentford fans will be in the Lower Tier in Stadium MK, in Block 30 – the stadium plan can be seen here.
There will be live commentary on iFollow Brentford of tonight's game, with Mark Burridge and Dave Morley, from 7.20pm.