THE Brewers travel to Hillsborough Stadium for a first competitive league game for the first time in their history tonight, as Burton Albion take on Sheffield Wednesday.Nigel Clough’s man are unbeaten in four games, having drawn their last three as they look to stay clear of the relegation zone.
Sheffield Wednesday are in buoyant mood after crushing Norwich 5-1 on Saturday, their fifth win in seven league games.
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Sheffield Wednesday’s last 4 home games (Championship), so it could be a game full of goals.
The home side will be without some key players heading into tonight’s game. Sam Hutchinson is a doubt after coming off during the 5-1 win over Norwich, while fellow midfielder Almen Abdi missed the game with an injury picked up in training last week. Centre-back Tom Lees has not played since the end of January with a knee problem, Kieran Lee , Will Buckley and Marco Matias remain sidelined, while striker Gary Hooper, who has been missing for three months with a thigh injury, will have a fitness test to see if he can play any part.
Similarly Burton Albion’s injury list isn’t getting any smaller. Ben Turner, Marvin Sordell, Michael Kightly and Lucas Akins are all set to miss out, whilst Damien McCrory could make his return from injury.
Burton Albion beat Sheffield Wednesday 3-1 in the reverse fixture, although Nigel Clough says the team they will be facing tonight is different to that on 16 August 2016: "When we beat them earlier in the season they had an off night and we played very well and got the goals at the right time.
“They have just come off what their manager has described as their best performance of the season at home to Norwich.
“It’s a different team than the one that we faced earlier in the season."
Sheffield Wednesday are in good form heading into tonight’s game: W W WL LW
Peter Bankes will be the man with the whistle tonight. The Meryside-born referee has brandished 110 yellow cards and 10 red cards in his 30 games that he has officiated so far this season. He was in charge of Burton Albion’s 2-2 draw with Blackburn Rovers earlier on in the season, as well as Albion’s 0-0 draw with Barnsley.
Tickets are on sale from the Pirelli Stadium until 2PM today, but fans that haven’t yet brought their tickets can pay cash on the turnstiles at Hillsborough.
65 & Over & Under 21s: £17.00
Under 17s: £15.00
Under 11s: £10.00
Under 5s: £5.00 (Only in advance not available on match day)
Away travel is also available for this fixture:
Departs at 4.30pm
Price per seat £11.50
Expected return time 11.30pm approx