11:00 21st April 2017
by Ash Willis
LEEDS United visit the Pirelli Stadium for the first time in a competitive fixture tomorrow afternoon as Garry Monk sets his sights on the play offs.
The Brewers were unlucky in the reverse fixture, having played exiting football but coming off on the wrong end of a 2-0 defeat at Elland Road.
Nigel Clough’s men will be looking to achieve something they haven’t managed all season, back-to-back victories. A win could see Burton Albion mathematically safe in the Sky Bet Championship providing results below them go the right way.
Burton Albion could be without their number one in Jon McLaughlin after he sustained an arm injury in Monday’s 2-0 victory over Birmingham City. Stephen Bywater will fill the void should McLaughlin be unfit which would mean a first squad inclusion for Harry Campbell.
Marvin Sordell is also an injury doubt for Nigel Clough after he was brought off at half time in the 2-1 defeat to Ipswich Town.
On injuries, Nigel Clough said: “Not fully fit at this stage of the season, no, we will see how they go Friday in training cause at the minute we don't have them all out there. Jon (McLaughlin) and Marvin (Sordell) are doubts, we have other lads who picked up knocks Monday. The most important thing at the moment is getting them out in the games at the minute.”
From the Leeds United camp, midfielder Ronaldo Vieira is fit again after illness, while centre-half Liam Cooper will serve the penultimate game of his six-match ban.
Fellow defender Tyler Denton is back in training after a knee injury.
Second-choice goalkeeper Marco Silvestri could miss the rest of the season after knee surgery.
There have been under 2.5 goals scored in 9 of Burton's last 11 games (Championship). There have been under 2.5 goals scored in 7 of Leeds's last 8 games (Championship).
Darren Bond will be the man in the middle tomorrow afternoon. The Lancashire-based referee has officiated 37 games this season and was in charge of Albion’s 1-1 draw with Preston North end at Deepdale back in November. Mr Bond has handed out 114 yellow cards this term, and five reds this season.
There will be a minute’s silence on Saturday for our former player, David McAdam, who sadly passed away earlier this week. David spent ten years here at Burton Albion, playing 238 games, between 1951 and 1960 and he also played for Leeds United during the period of 1948-1950.
We will also be remembering Hannah Bladon who was tragically killed in Israel on Good Friday.
If you’re under 16 and have a match ticket for tomorrow’s game you can take part in Burton Albion Community Trust’s football skills session from 1.30pm to 2.15pm on the new 3G pitch. The cost is just £3 and £1 for Junior Brewer members.
Terrace tickets are still available for home supporters and can be purchased online by clicking here. Leeds United have sold out of their away allocation and no further tickets will be available on the day.