THE Brewers are back in Championship action against Sheffield United tonight (7.45PM) after the recent international break.
HEAD 2 HEAD
The two teams have met on five previous occasions, although this will be the first meeting in the Sky Bet Championship.
The first time the two sides met was the only time Sheffield United have been victorious over the Brewers, back in 2011. Justin Richards was the scorer for Burton.
Since then, Burton have won three of the other four meetings, with the sides drawing 0-0 back in September 2015 at the Pirelli Stadium.
SEASON SO FAR
The Blades have certainly surpassed expectations this season having gone into the last international break in 2nd place follow last season’s promotion from League One.
They have turned over some big teams in the Championship this season, with their latest result a prime example of what they’re capable of. They beat Hull City 4-1 at Bramall Lane.
They picked up some memorable wins in September having started off the month beating Sunderland 2-1 away from home before backing it up with another away victory, this time at Bolton.
Wolves have been flying high so far this season and scoring goals for fun, but they couldn’t net against Sheffield United on 24 September as The Blades ran out 2-0 winners.
BURTON ALBION TEAM NEWS
John Brayford and Joe Mason will be missing from the Brewers squad which faces Sheffield United at the Pirelli Stadium on this evening.
Brayford has still not recovered from a hamstring problem and Albion manager Nigel Clough says that they won’t be rushing him back. Mason has been struggling with a back injury.
SHEFFIELD UNITED TEAM NEWS
Chris Wilder has declared a near fully fit squad to choose from for tonight's encounter. Jamal Blackman has trained all week so he is fit and back in contention. George Baldock will be assessed ahead of this evening’s game.
The only two long-term ones are Kieron Freeman and Ched Evans.
Oliver Langford will be the man in charge of tonight’s clash at the Pirelli Stadium.
The Championship referee has been in charge of 17 games so far this season, handing out 50 yellow cards and two reds which both came in the same game.
He will be assisted by Steven Meredith and Mark Russell with Andrew Madley the fourth official.
Albion supporters can still purchase tickets for tonight’s game against Sheffield United, and can do so online, over the phone (01283 565938) or in person by visiting the club shop during opening hours.
Ticket prices are as follows (terrace):
Senior 65+: £18.00
Young Person 17-22: £15.00
Under 17: £7.00
Supporters can park in the Pirelli Stadium car park for just £5, as well as the Pirelli Tyres staff car park (£3 per car) and new for this season the Eton Park Junior School (£4 per car). All money collected from Pirelli staff car park will go to charity.
Funds raised at the school will go to its PTA to help benefit pupils.
Burton Albion encourages fans to walk to the ground or use public transport to get to the stadium if possible. Supporters who do come to the ground in vehicles are encouraged to car share. All supporters are asked to park responsibly and to be aware of parking restrictions and the needs of residents when leaving their vehicles.
The Burton Albion Community Trust (BACT) will be hosting a mixture of footballing activities on the Burton Albion Community Football Centre 3G before tonight’s game. Activities include small sided games, penalty shoot outs, skill challenges and much more. It's completely FREE with a match ticket! Just turn up between 6PM and 6.45PM.
After a successful trial Burton Albion Football Club is making its Family Area a regular feature for the remainder of the 2017-18 Season.
Fans wishing to use the Family Area should enter the ground by the North Stand turnstiles and then turn right and enter the stand at the far end. They should then use section J of the stand which will be reserved for under 16s and their families. No person will be allowed into this area unless they are with an under 16. There will be zero tolerance of bad language in the Family Area.