BURTON Albion are back in Championship action when they take on Bristol City at Ashton Gate tonight (7.45PM kick off).
HEAD 2 HEAD
The Brewers and the Robins have only faced each other twice in the history of both clubs, and both of those meetings came in the Championship last season. City visited the Pirelli Stadium on 13 August and stole all three points thanks to a late Tammy Abraham goal.
The reverse fixture ended in a goalless draw after Lee Tomlin missed a penalty for the hosts.
SEASON SO FAR
Lee Johnson’s men have started the season in a similar fashion to how they started last season. The Robins won their opening game of the Championship season against Barnsley and have since only been beaten once in the league, against Birmingham City.
They are into round four of the Carabao Cup after beating Plymouth, Watford and Stoke City in the previous rounds. They will now face Crystal Palace on October 24th.
Their good start to the season sees them in 4th place, with 20 points after 11 games.
BRISTOL CITY TEAM NEWS
After a one-game suspension, Marlon Pack is back available and will likely come back into the midfield. Italian right-back Eros Pisano has returned to training follow his knee injury, but may be given another week of rest ahead as he looks to return to full fitness. The only other notable absentees are Milan Djuric and Gary O'Neil, who are out with groin and knee injuries respectively.
BURTON ALBION TEAM NEWS
Nigel Clough said earlier in the week that Ben Turner could be in contention for tonight's game, but John Brayford will miss out with a view to being fit the following week. Summer signing Liam Boyce the only long-term absentee for the Brewers and will miss the remainder of the season.
NIGEL CLOUGH’S THOUGHTS
“They are probably the form team in the league at the moment, especially at their place, and they are playing with as much confidence as any team in the country.
“We are very mindful of their strengths. It’s nice to see Lee Johnson doing well, as last season was a little bit dodgy for him and it’s a reward for them for sticking with him.
“He’s very happy with his squad. They had bids in during the transfer window for certain players but were able to keep hold of them. They have an extremely good squad now and will be challenging for that top six.
“If you are winning like they are you can’t wait for the next game and even if it will be 13 days they will still have that momentum.”
James Linington will be the man with the whistle at Ashton Gate tonight. The Newport-based referee has taken charge of 13 games so far this season, handing out 50 yellow cards and four reds at this stage. Robert Merchant and Lee Venamore will be his assistants, with Simon Hooper the fourth official.
Albion fans are not able to purchase tickets on the day at Ashton Gate, so must do so from the Pirelli Stadium before 12PM today.
Aged 65 plus: £24
Aged under 25: £24
Aged under 22: £22
Aged under 19: £15
Aged under 12: £10
Disabled supporters pay the relevant price category and, if required, a carer will receive a free ticket.
Seats are located in the Ayteo Stand, which is sheltered from row 12 upwards.
Official coach travel is also available:
Departs: 3.15pm from the Pirelli Stadium (please arrive at least 15 minutes before departure)
Price per seat: £15.50
Expected return time: 1am approximately