THE Brewers are back in action at the Pirelli Stadium this afternoon as they take on Fulham after back-to-back away games at Leeds United and Norwich City respectively.
SEASON SO FAR
Fulham haven’s started the season as strongly as they finished the last. The Cottagers looked hot favourites for promotion via the playoffs after a strong finish to the regular campaign, but after a 1-1 draw with Reading in the first leg of the playoffs they had to win the reverse leg to have any chance of promotion. As it happened The Royals narrowly won the match, and advanced to the final.
The Cottagers have spent just over £16.5M this summer, bringing in the likes of Rui Fonte and Aboubakar Kamara from overseas. Slaviša Jokanović's men opening their season with a 1-1 draw against Norwich City which was followed by two more league draws.
Their first league win came in the final match of August when they beat Ipswich Town away from home. Their only other league win this season came in their most recent game where they beat Hull City 2-1 at Craven Cottage.
BURTON TEAM NEWS
Burton put in an impressive shift against Norwich on Tuesday night in the 0-0 draw and Nigel Clough will likely keep a similar XI to the one that started at Carrow Road. Hope Akpan was on the bench after returning from suspension and could play some part against Fulham. Liam Boyce is the only long-term absentee and is ruled out for the majority of the season.
FULHAM TEAM NEWS
Manager Slavisa Jokanovic confirmed that Tom Cairney and Rui Fonte are unlikely to play any part in Fulham's clash against Burton Albion. Yohan Mollo came off the bench against Hull on Wednesday night and could replace Neeskens Kebano out wide, who is still getting back to full fitness. Lucas Piazon is out as he continues his recovery from an ankle injury.
Stephen Martin will be the man in the middle as Fulham come to the Pirelli Stadium this afternoon. The Staffordshire-based referee has taken charge of eight games this season, including Wolves’ 3-3 draw with Bristol City most recently.
Albion supporters can still purchase tickets for today's game against Fulham, 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 today'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 1.15PM and 2PM.