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17 February 2018

THE Brewers are back on home soil after back-to-back away games at Aston Villa and Ipswich Town respectively. Nottingham Forest are today's visitors.

Burton Albion met Nottingham Forest in their first ever Sky Bet Championship fixture back in August 2016, which was an unlucky 4-3 defeat at the City Ground. The reverse fixture that season saw the Brewers pick up all three points at the Pirelli Stadium, thanks to a goal from Fulham-loanee Cauley Woodrow.

The two sides have met once this season, which saw the Brewers fall to a 2-0 defeat at the City Ground. Barrie McKay and Eric Lichaj scored the goals that saw Forest pick up the win.

Luke Murphy and Ben Turner are the biggest injury doubts for Nigel Clough ahead of today's game. Both players missed the trip to Ipswich after coming off injured at Aston Villa on February 3.

John Brayford and Lloyd Dyer are nursing injuries, but will both be assessed ahead of the game.

Liam Boyce played half the game at Hednesford on Tuesday night and Clough is delighted with the striker's progress as he continues his return from an ACL injury. He could play a part at some point today.

Republic of Ireland international Daryl Murphy could be in line for his first start of 2018, while Joe Lolley and Lee Tomlin are pushing for starts in midfield.

Forest signed left-back Juan Fuentes last week and the Spaniard could replace Daniel Fox in the backline here.

Liam Bridcutt is a doubt with a groin injury after missing last weekend's 2-0 defeat to Hull.

Andy Davies will be the man in the middle this afternoon. The Hampshire-based referee has taken charge of 18 games so far this season, brandishing 70 yellow cards and two reds.

He will be assisted by Paul Hodskinson and Mark Dwyer with Geoff Eltringham the fourth official.

Albion supporters can still purchase tickets for this afternoon's game against Forest, 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 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 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 1.15PM and 2PM.

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.

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.

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