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PREVIEW: Burton Albion v Wanderers

Build-up as Wanderers aim to extend winning run and close the gap further

15 February 2022

Wanderers hit the road again for the second time in four days for their trip to the Pirelli Stadium.

Ian Evatt’s men travel in buoyant mood following last Saturday’s victory at Oxford United which made it six wins in seven games.

A first-ever win over the Brewers may not be enough to move the on-song Whites up from 10th place – bar an avalanche of goals – but would put them within five points of the League One play-off places.

Burton sit 13th in the table after just one win in their last six games.

However, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s side is unbeaten in three of those fixtures – including last Saturday’s 2-2 draw at home to Cambridge United.

 

PRE-MATCH QUOTES FROM THE BOSSES

Ian Evatt: “This game poses a completely different challenge to the one Oxford did.

“We kind of already the conditions we’re going to face and the pitch we’re going to face.

“Again it comes down to picking the right team for the right game.

“Luckily for us now we’ve got some good options and hopefully we can go there to find a way to get the right result.”

Burton assistant-manager Dino Maamria: “They had a very good Janauary window, they spent their money well and strengthened in the right areas.

“I watched their game against Oxford back. It was a very good game from both teams. We know they have great players with good experience, but it isn’t about them, it’s about what we do tomorrow and how we respond from Saturday.

“We need to put in a good performance, try to nullify their threats and then we can capitalise on their weaknesses.”

 

TEAM NEWS

Wanderers will be without midfielder Kieran Lee due to a heel injury and recovering forward Elias Kachunga isn’t yet ready to return to the squad.

Burton will give fitness checks to defender Deji Oshilaja and midfielder Jonny Smith to see if they can return but left-back Cameron Borthwick-Jackson is out due to concussion.

 

TICKETS AND TRAVEL

There are no tickets available to buy on the day at Burton. Depending on availability, Wanderers had a small amount available to buy over the phone and to be collected by 3pm.

 

LAST TIME OUT

Bolton Wanderers 0-0 Burton Albion | Monday 7 September 2021

The two sides shared the points from a goalless draw in front of the Monday night Sky TV cameras back in early September.

The game wasn’t without incident, though.

Kieran Lee had a goal disallowed for Wanderers after Eoin Doyle was ruled to be offside and in the goalkeeper’s online after a lengthy chat between the officials.

Burton, who could have gone top of the table, had skipper John Brayford sent off late on for two yellow cards.

But despite dominating the second half, Wanderers couldn’t find a way through to claim a winner.

Line-up: Dixon, Jones, Williams, Almeida Santos, Johnston, Doyle (Kachunga 73), Sarcevic, Afolayan (Delfouneso 88), Lee, Isgrove, Gordon. Substitutes: Gilks, Tutte, Brockbank, Thomason, Baptiste.

 

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Scott Oldham

Assistant referees: Lee Freeman and Joe Clark

Fourth official: Ollie Williams


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