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31 October 2017

Match Previews


31 October 2017

BURTON Albion play their second game at home in a matter of days as they welcome Barnsley to the Pirelli Stadium in the Sky Bet Championship.

The last three meetings between these two sides have ended in draws with only two goals scored. The Brewers secured their Championship status against Barnsley last season thanks to a Luke Varney equaliser at Oakwell.

Barnsley have beaten Burton Albion twice in their history however. They first beat the Brewers back in 2014 when they hit five in the FA Cup before going on to win 1-0 a year later on home turf.


The Tykes are just three points better off than Burton Albion at this stage in the season. They lost their first two Championship games but picked up wins against Nottingham Forest and Sunderland towards the latter stages of August.

They September league campaign looked pretty miserable until their popped up with a win against Millwall on the 30th thanks to a brace from Tom Bradshaw and a late Mamadou Thiam penalty.


Sean Scannell is the most likely of Burton Albion’s injured players to recover in time to line up against Barnsley tonight. Scannell tweaked a hamstring in training and missed Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at home to Ipswich.

Joe Mason (back), Will Miller (hamstring) and John Brayford (hamstring) will not be fit to face Barnsley.

Brayford is now not expected to make a return before the international break that begins after the trip to Millwall on November 4.


Adam Jackson damaged his cruciate knee ligament and looks to be sidelined for a while. Angus MacDonald played in his place against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, and he will do so again. Paul Heckingbottom switched to a 4-5-1 at half-time against Sheffield Wednesday, and it's likely that the Tykes will start with that formation.


Jeremy Simpson is the man in the middle this evening. The Lancashire-based referee has taken charge of 13 games this season, brandishing 57 yellow cards and two reds. He will be assisted by Adam Mattewhs and Nick Hopton with David Coote the fourth official.

Simpson took charge of the reverse fixture last season where Burton Albion secured their Championship status on 29 April. 


Albion supporters can still purchase tickets for tonight’s game against Barnsley, 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):

Adult: £20.00

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.

The club is aiming to improve the matchday experience for parents and their children by piloting the Family Area.

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.

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