Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for MK Dons v Chelsea

Mark Lawrenson is backing in-form Chelsea to ease past League One side MK Dons in the FA Cup

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Mark Lawrenson has backed Chelsea to ease past MK Dons and book their place in the FA Cup fifth round on Sunday.

The Blues make the trip to the League One side on Sunday evening fresh from a 1-0 win against London rivals Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium last weekend.

Guus Hiddink hasn’t suffered a loss since the Dutchman took over the reins at the defending Premier League champions from Jose Mourinho in December.

MK Dons, meanwhile, are in 20th place in the Championship table following a 3-1 loss to relegation rivals Bolton Wanderers last weekend.

Former Liverpool and Republic of Ireland defender Lawrenson believes resurgent Chelsea will make light work of MK Dons.

“I am a big fan of MK Dons boss Karl Robinson, who has been successful in the lower leagues while playing some really nice football and developing young players like Tottenham’s Dele Alli,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.

“But Chelsea have got their spark and their strut back under interim manager Guus Hiddink, who is undefeated in seven games since taking over from Jose Mourinho. I do not see that run ending on Sunday.”

Chelsea are in 13th place in the Premier League table but 19 points behind surprise leaders Leicester City.

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The Blues make the trip to Watford in the Premier League on Wednesday night before Hiddink’s men host Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

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