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PORTSMOUTH PREVIEW

6 September 2014


TICKET PRICES

Fans are able to buy tickets via01283 565938 or the club shop which is open from 9am on Sunday and 9-12 on Saturday. Standing tickets will be available on the gate, while seated tickets must be brought in the shop.

Seat Prices:

Adults: £18

Over 65s / Young Persons (17-22 yrs): £16

Under 16s: £8

Terrace Prices

Adults: £15

Over 65s / Young Persons (17-22 yrs): £13

Under 16s: £5

No tickets can be purchased online. 

 

BURTON TEAM NEWS

The only absentees tomorrow will be winger Jimmy Phillips, who is recovering from a torn knee ligament, left-back Damien McCrory, who will be missing for another month as he comes back from an operation on his knee.

PORTSMOUTH NEWS

Pompey will leave it late to see if Nigel Atangana can make a return at Burton.

And the Blues will do the same to see if Nick Awford can come back into contention tomorrow.

But Andy Awford has been boosted by the news Joe Devera and Ben Chorley will be available for selection against the Brewers.

GARY ROWETT

"It's going to be a difficult game," said Rowett. "They're one of the most fancied teams for promotion before the start of the season. 

"Whether that's due to their size, you can make an argument, or whether it's down to the players they've brought in, but I expect them to be there or thereabouts.

"It'll be a different test and I think every game so far has been a different test.

"Will it be harder than playing QPR? Will it be harder than playing Wigan? Will it be harder than playing the first 45 minutes against Dagenham? I don't know.

"But what we do know is it'll be a different test and one which we'll have to be very, very well prepared for and will have to start the game brightly."

ANDY AWFORD

‘Burton have a different way of playing but we still have to be ready for that physical and mental side of it – and we are.

‘I read and heard that some people thought the first half was a bit of a non-event at Yeovil. I thought it was brilliant. They did exactly what I wanted them to do.

‘We earned the right in that first half to do what we wanted to do in the second half.

‘Against Newport, we didn’t do that.

‘We will need to be gritty, strong, steely and all of those things that we’ve shown away at Oxford and Yeovil.

‘We will need bundles of that at Burton.

‘Then we will play when we have earned that right.

‘The lads know now what is expected. If they didn’t before, they certainly do now.’

STATS

1. The last time Burton started the season six games unbeaten was 1980.

2. Last years two fixtures are the only meetings between the two sides.

3. Albion have never beaten Pompey with one win and one draw between the two sides.

BETTING


Burton are flying high in League Two with four wins and a draw from their five games so they are understandably favourites at 6/5 to claim another three points against Portsmouth on Sunday lunchtime.

 

The visitors have enjoyed a positive start to the campaign as well, losing just once, and will have plenty of punters backing them at 23/10 while the draw is available at 21/10. Despite both sides’ good form, they’ve only managed 13 goals between them and only shipped six combined, meaning the goalless draw is quite short at 15/2, under 2.5 goals is regarded very possible at 8/13 (over is 6/5) and both teams to score is 5/6.

 

Burton’s Stuart Beavon is favourite to score the first goal at 5/1 and 11/8 to net anytime while Lucas Akins is next in the running at 6/1 and 7/4. For Portsmouth, Ryan Taylor is the most dangerous threat at 13/2 and 2/1 in the respective markets.

 

Top Tip: Draw and under 2.5 goals in the match 5/2

 

MATCHDAY

 

There’s plenty of opportunity to keep up-to-date on the Brewers this Sunday. We’ll be continuing our live Twitter updates as well as discussing the game through our live chat application Scribble. 


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