Burton Albion travel to Adams Park this weekend to take on a Wycombe Wanderers side who sit two points and three places ahead of the Brewers in Sky Bet League 2 in 10th position.
The Chairboys have won four, drawn two and lost three of their opening nine matches and enter the match with Gary Rowett’s men on the back of a 3-2 defeat away at Rochdale.
Gareth Ainsworth’s side found themselves three goals behind after just 15 minutes in that game before bringing respectability to the scoreline courtesy of goals from McClure and Kuffour.
Previous match aside, Wycombe have been on a good run of late; unbeaten in their last six in all competitions before the Rochdale setback.
For their part, the Brewers arrive in Buckinghamshire having ended a run of three losses with a 2-2 draw at home to Scunthorpe United on Saturday.
Albion had led in the game through the returning Billy Kee only to fall behind to two quick-fire goals at the start of the second half before Robbie Weir secured a deserved point for the hosts.
Aside from the defeat to AFC Wimbledon – which saw the visitors down to 10 men early on after having Marcus Holness dismissed - the Brewers have fared well on their travels in the early stages of the 2013/14 campaign; taking seven points from a possible 12.
Whilst acknowledging the problems posed by a competitive Wycombe side, Rowett insists his squad will travel south in good spirits and full of confidence.
‘It’ll be a tough game’ commented Rowett.
‘Gareth Ainsworth manages as he plays; he wants passion, commitment and work rate from his players; the things you expect every week. Ultimately they are the qualities you need to be successful.
‘Wycombe haven’t lost too many at home this season and it’s up to us to go there and produce a performance that is worthy of getting a result; it’s as simple as that.’
The match has been announced as a Family Fun Day by the hosts with competitive prices on all tickets for both home and away supporters.
Rowett believes that any travelling Brewers fans will make a big difference at Adams Park tomorrow and is keen to acknowledge how important the travelling contingent can be to his side.
‘When we’ve had positive results on our travels this season it has often been when the travelling fans have come down in good spirit and it really helps the players and helps the atmosphere of the game.
‘Any fans that go down there will have spent their hard-earned money to support the team and we will try our best to give them something to make the trip worthwhile.’
Away tickets can be purchased on the day at Adams Park, whilst those not attending the match can follow the action via the club’s Facebook and Twitter coverage.