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29 December 2016

BURTON head into Thursday’s clash frustrated after coming away from Villa Park with nothing despite outplaying in-form Aston Villa for long periods.

Steve Bruce admitted his side were lucky to win and had Ross McCormack to thank for scoring the winner with just 12 minutes remaining.

Nigel Clough was pleased with the performance of his players but knows they need to start being more ruthless in front of goal.

But Albion have the perfect opportunity to get back to winning ways when they visit rock-bottom Rotherham United, who they comfortably beat at the beginning of December.

That was the last time Clough’s side recorded a Championship win and have since lost four games on the bounce; undeservedly in the most parts.

Rotherham, on the other hand, are still languishing at the bottom but picked up their first victory in three games after beating fellow strugglers Wigan.

The Millers, who are currently managed by caretaker Paul Warne, were 3-0 up by half-time but found themselves hanging on during the Boxing Day fixture.

Danny Ward is continuing to impress for Rotherham and netted his ninth of the campaign despite playing for the Championship’s basement club.

Rotherham could close the gap to four points if they win a second successive game, while Burton may move away from the relegation places if they get their season back on track.

Burton need a win, there’s no doubt about that, but will fancy their chances against a side they’ve already beaten.

You can back our boys at 7/5 with club sponsor TempoBet.

Matt Palmer shone during the last meeting between the two sides, scoring Burton’s second, and will be chomping at the bit to get at the Rotherham midfield again.

The midfielder is available at 9/2 to score anytime.

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