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28 January 2013

A look ahead to Tuesday's npower League 2 clash

Burton Albion head to the Kassam Stadium on Tuesday evening to face Oxford United looking to improve on their away form and consolidate a place in the top seven of npower League 2. A point would be good enough to raise the Brewers up the table by at least one place as rivals Cheltenham Town are not in action. Depending upon results elsewhere on Monday (Exeter v. Torquay) and Tuesday (Gillingham v. Northampton) then a point could be good enough to see Albion in the top three going into the weekend’s fixtures.
The U’s currently sit seven points and six places behind the Brewers but have two games in hand meaning that they could close right up on Gary Rowett’s men by winning their games in hand later in the season.
Albion recorded a 4-0 victory over Chris Wilder’s men when the two sides met at the Pirelli Stadium earlier on in the season with both Calvin Zola and Jacques Maghoma scoring twice each as the Brewers recorded one of their biggest wins since joining the Football League in 2009.
In terms of League form Albion have taken just one point from their last six away league games (v. Chesterfield) while Oxford have a home record this season of won 6, drawn 3 and lost 3 scoring 20 times and conceding 14 times.
Since the U’s return to the Football League Albion have suffered defeat once and picked up a point on their last visit to the Kassam when Justin Richards scored twice to retrieve the game and secure a point from a 2-2 draw.
Oxford will welcome back striker James Constable after a four match ban for his sending off at AFC Wimbledon and he could join Tom Craddock in attack as the pair look to add to their 21 goals for the U’s this season.
Albion have no new injury worries ahead of the game although manager Gary Rowett will possibly change the side to try and find a cure for Albion’s away day results which have not lived up to home results.
“We’ve got plenty to work on at the moment and we know that away from home we need to be a bit more solid in our performances, something we haven’t managed of late.” Gary said in advance of the game. “Hopefully having somebody like Ian Sharps available for an away game will help us in that area. We can also take heart from having kept a clean sheet on Saturday (against Barnet)”
“Oxford’s defeat at the weekend against Fleetwood means that they will really be wanting to win this home game so that makes them harder to play from our perspective. They have been on a good run recently so they will want to bounce back quickly.”
The referee for the game is Northamptonshire’s Andy Woolmer who ironically was the referee for the corresponding fixture last season, the last time he officiated a match involving the Brewers.

You can follow the match on Brewers Player on Tuesday evening.

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