NIGEL Clough’s Brewers begin their 2018-19 season by hosting Rochdale at the Pirelli Stadium this afternoon.
HEAD 2 HEAD
First meeting in 1999, Burton Albion and Rochdale have faced each other a total of 10 times. Burton have the much better record, beating Dale six times, whereas Rochdale have won twice.
Keith Hill’s side did win the last meeting between the two sides, however, with the Brewers falling to a 2-1 defeat at the Crown Oil Arena in January 2016.
The highest scoring game between the two teams came on Boxing Day in 2012. Billy Kee scored a brace, and Calvin Zola netted as the Brewers overcame Rochdale, despite goals from Paul Cavanagh and Bobby Grant, in a 3-2 win.
BURTON ALBION TEAM NEWS
Nigel Clough will assess his squad ahead of the fixture. Seven players missed the pre-season defeat to Cardiff City but will could be in contention for the fixture, providing they are fir to play.
Darren Drysdale will be the man in the middle for today’s game.
Drysdale, from Lincolnshire, refereed 19 League One games last season and handed out 58 yellow cards and two reds. He also took charge of 19 League Two games, giving 57 bookings in that time.
Brewers supporters can purchase pay on the day, with our cash turnstiles in operation for today’s game.
Prices are as follows:
Senior (65-plus): £22
Young Person (17-22): £22
Senior (65-plus): £18
Young Person (17-22): £15
Supporters can park in the Pirelli Stadium car park for just £5, as well as Burton Albion's overflow car park at Ryknild Industrial Estate, left at the island for £5. the Pirelli Tyres staff car park is available this season (£3 per car).
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.
Burton Albion is reminding fans that they are encouraged not to bring bags to the Pirelli Stadium.
The policy is in operation for security and safety reasons and is in line with other football clubs in the EFL.
The club does not permit holdalls and rucksacks in the stands, terraces or in hospitality areas. The club also discourages bringing smaller bags into the ground. Anyone bringing any bag to the Pirelli Stadium will have to have it checked and tagged by security staff. This will mean that supporters must be willing to present their bags for checking on arrival and that there may be queues meaning extra time will be needed to enter the stadium.