THE Brewers start their home double header tomorrow afternoon when they take on Ipswich Town at the Pirelli Stadium.
HEAD 2 HEAD
The Brewers have only faced Ipswich Town twice in competitive fixtures, both of which game last season in the Sky Bet Championship. They first faced each other in October at Portman Road where, despite an outstanding performance, the Brewers were on the wrong end of a 2-0 scoreline.
The reverse fixture wasn’t much better for the Brewers as Ipswich ran out 2-1 winners on the night at the Pirelli Stadium. Lucas Akins with the goal for Burton Albion.
SEASON SO FAR
Mick McCarthy’s men started the season winning their first five games in all competitions, only to be halted by Premier League outfit Crystal Palace in the EFL Cup. The defeat was the start of an up and down campaign for Ipswich as they have struggled to find a consistent form ever since.
BURTON ALBION TEAM NEWS
John Brayford has been sidelined by a second hamstring injury picked up in the first 15 minutes at Nottingham Forest on Saturday.
The defender had only just got back onto the pitch from a similar injury but now faces another lay off.
Lucas Akins and Ben Turner also both came off with hamstring and knee injuries respectively at the City Ground with the defender the most likely to be back to face Ipswich on Saturday at the Pirelli Stadium. Will Miller (hamstring) and Joe Mason (back) will take longer to recover.
IPSWICH TEAM NEWS
After losing to rivals Norwich in the Old Farm derby last weekend, Dominic Iorfa could come back into the starting XI to sure up the defence. Emyr Huws, Andre Dozzell and Luke Hyam are all out with long-term injuries, while Teddy Bishop is still sidelined but nearing a return.
Wiltshire-based Simon Hooper will be the man in the middle tomorrow afternoon. The Championship referee has taken charge of 14 games this season including four EFL Cup games. His assistants are Mr Adam Crysell and Mr Daniel Robathan with Mr Andy Woolmer the 4th official.
Albion supporters can still purchase tickets for tomorrows’s game against Ipswich, and can do so online, over the phone (01283 565938) or in person by visiting the club shop during opening hours.
Ticket prices are as follows (terrace):
Senior 65+: £18.00
Young Person 17-22: £15.00
Under 17: £7.00
Supporters can park in the Pirelli Stadium car park for just £5, as well as the Pirelli Tyres staff car park (£3 per car) and new for this season the Eton Park Junior School (£4 per car). All money collected from Pirelli staff car park will go to charity. Funds raised at the school will go to its PTA to help benefit pupils.
Burton Albion encourages fans to walk to the ground or use public transport to get to the stadium if possible. Supporters who do come to the ground in vehicles are encouraged to car share. All supporters are asked to park responsibly and to be aware of parking restrictions and the needs of residents when leaving their vehicles.
The Burton Albion Community Trust (BACT) will be hosting a mixture of footballing activities on the Burton Albion Community Football Centre 3G before tonight' game. Activities include small sided games, penalty shoot outs, skill challenges and much more. It's completely FREE with a match ticket! Just turn up between 1.15PM and 2PM.
Brewers fans are being reminded that part of the North Stand will be designated as a Family Area for the next two home games.
The club is aiming to improve the matchday experience for parents and their children by piloting the Family Area.
Fans wishing to use the Family Area should enter the ground by the North Stand turnstiles and then turn right and enter the stand at the far end. They should then use section J of the stand which will be reserved for under 16s and their families. No person will be allowed into this area unless they are with an under 16. There will be zero tolerance of bad language in the Family Area.