BURTON Albion and Aston Villa are set to face each other for just the second time in a competitive match as the Villans visit the Pirelli Stadium in the Sky Bet Championship.The reverse fixture ended in a 2-1 victory to Villa on their home turf, although it was a game that Burton Albion could have taken a point or three from, according to manager Nigel Clough.
Aston Villa will be without four players for tomorrow’s clash with the Brewers, and could be without a fifth as they monitor the fitness of Gabriel Agbonlahor.
Scott Hogan may return to the starting line-up after an ankle problem relegated him to the bench for Tuesday night's win over QPR.
Fellow strikers Gabriel Agbonlahor and Rushian Hepburn-Murphy are close to returns after hamstring and ankle problems, respectively.
Birkir Bjarnason, Ritchie De Laet, Jed Steer and Libor Kozak are all sidelined.
From the Albion camp, defenders Kyle McFadzean and John Brayford will be checked over whilst Cauley Woodrow could face a possible re-call after sitting Wednesday’s game out.
“There might be one or two changes, but they may be enforced.” said Clough. “We have got people carrying knocks - Kyle McFadzean wasn’t fit to start on Wednesday and we’ve got one or two similar for Saturday. It’s just a case of managing three games in a week. Everybody should be fit for next Friday against Ipswich.”
Lee Probert will be the man in the middle for Saturday's clash at the Pirelli Stadium. The Wilstshire-based referee has been in charge of 26 games this season, handing out 54 yellow cards and four reds. Albion supporters will remember Probert from the 2-1 home victory over Norwich City back in February.
There have been under 2.5 goals scored in Aston Villa's last 9 games (Championship). Aston Villa have kept a clean sheet in 7 of their last 8 matches (Championship). Aston Villa have won 7 of their last 8 matches (Championship). There have been under 2.5 goals scored in 7 of Burton's last 8 games (Championship).
Tickets for this fixture have SOLD OUT. All home supporters collecting their pre-booked tickets will need to show photo ID and proof of address and must be collected by the person that booked the tickets.
Albion fans should be reminded that home fixtures are ALL TICKET therefore supporters will require a match ticket to gain entry to the stadium. Supporters should also arrive at the Pirelli Stadium earlier than usual to avoid any congestion in and around the ground.
Home supporters can park in the Pirelli Tyres car park, just off Derby Road for a small fee of £3 with all proceeds going to charity. The car park will be open two hours before kick off.
Tickets are no longer on sale to either set of supporters.