PREVIEW: Burton Albion v Wanderers

Wanderers play their penultimate away game of the season with a trip to Burton Albion.

The Whites will be looking to make it a hat-trick of away wins with a first victory at the Pirelli Stadium before returning home for a three-game run at the University of Bolton Stadium.

Ian Evatt’s men go into the game fifth in the table and two points ahead of seventh-placed Derby County with a game in hand over the Rams.

Burton have also enjoyed a decent run as they close in on 50 points and likely League One safety.

Manager quotes:

Ian Evatt: “If you had offered the last three results we’ve had and the points we’ve got, having known we would be missing some key players, we’d have all probably taken it.

“We know at this stage it’s a results-based business and we have to keep trying to do all we can to keep getting them.

“It’s a massive challenge for us at Burton. We know what the game is going to be like and again we have to use that key word resilience and make sure we stand up and be counted.”

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Burton Albion manager Dino Maamria:

“We turn up every game with the belief that we’re going to win and that’s what we do every game. It doesn’t matter who we play, top of the league or bottom of the league, we try and win every game.

“There’s been so many good performances and as a team I think we’re playing at a level where we’re capable of beating the likes of Barnsley and Sheffield Wednesday.

“What we must focus on now is foot on the gas, full throttle, keep that performance level high, keep our fans happy. It’s our stadium tomorrow night and we’ve got to own it.”

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Team news:

Wanderers are still missing defenders Ricardo Almeida Santos, Eoin Toal, Jack Iredale and Luke Mbete.

Midfielder Kieran Lee missed Saturday’s win at Oxford with a hip injury and isn’t expected to return.

Striker Jon Dadi Bodvarsson has stepped up his training after three months out with an ankle injury but isn’t yet in contention for a comeback.

Burton are set to go with the same squad that beat Sheffield Wednesday with three first-half goals on Saturday.

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Form guide:

Wanderers have lost just one of their last seven games and are seeking a hat-trick of away league wins.

The Whites have conceded just one goal in their last four away league games – as well as keeping a clean sheet at Wembley in the Papa Johns Trophy final.

Wanderers won 2-1 in the first meeting between the two sides this season thanks to late goals from Amadou Bakayoko and Jon Dadi Bodvarsson.

Burton have climbed to 16th place and eight points clear of the relegation zone thanks to an impressive run since Christmas.

The Brewers have won 10 times from Boxing Day onwards, including four wins from their last seven games. Dino Maamria’s side is also looking for a third successive home win against top-six opposition.


Referee: Andrew Kitchen

Assistant referees: Peter Gooch, Declan Ford

Fourth official: Jacob Lehane


Tuesday 7.45pm


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