BURTON Albion return to Sky Bet Championship action this afternoon as they host 13th placed Sheffield Wednesday at the Pirelli Stadium.
HEAD 2 HEAD
Wednesday failed to beat Burton Albion at any point last season. The Brewers put three past Carlos Carvalhal’s men at the Pirelli in early August to record what was their first win in the Sky Bet Championship. In the reverse fixture Jackson Irvine scored a 24th-minute equaliser to earn a hard-fought point at Hillsborough.
SEASON SO FAR
The Owls might have expected a better start to this season’s campaign than what they have had so far. Preston North End were their opponents on the opening day, where Alex Neil’s men be a them by the one goal. Wednesday did put four past League Two Chesterfield in the Carabao Cup at Hillsborough before reaming unbeaten in their next two games, but still without a win. Their first victory came away to Fulham on 19th August thanks to Steven Fletcher's second-half goal.
Nigel Clough has ruled out a return for striker Luke Varney who injured his hamstring before the Cardiff game on Tuesday night. John Mousinho and Stephen Warnock will be assessed. Joe Mason could make his debut after signing on loan from Wolves earlier in the week.
On players available tomorrow, Nigel Clough said: “The usual sort of few people will be out. Hope Akpan is suspended and we will have to see how Stephen Warnock and John Mousinho are. Luke Varney did his hamstring before Cardiff so he won’t be involved so we will patch them all up and get them out there before the break.”
From the visiting camp, defensive pair Glenn Loovens and Sam Hutchinson are both closing in on a return, but are doubts. Kieran Lee is out with a long term injury. Fernando Forestieri came on as a substitute in Wednesday's 1-0 win over Fulham after being dropped to the bench following a training ground altercation with Sam Winnall. He could return to the side.
Darren Bond will be the man in the middle this afternoon. The Lancashire-based referee has officiated six games already this campaign, brandishing 20 yellow cards and a single red. Mr Bond officiated Burton Albion’s 2-1 triumph over Leeds United at the Pirelli Stadium last season.
Albion supporters can still purchase tickets for today’s game against Sheffield Wednesday, 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.