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PREVIEW: BRISTOL CITY

9 March 2018

Nigel Clough and his side will be hoping for a first ever victory against Bristol City on Saturday to end their winless run at the Pirelli Stadium (3.00pm kick-off). It's also Burton Albion's Family Day at the Pirelli Stadium.

HEAD 2 HEAD
City scrape the upper hand in the three previous meetings between the two sides. The first time the teams faced up was just Albion’s second game in the Championship, as Tammy Abraham’s 94th minute winner stole the spoils following Naylor’s equaliser two minutes from time.

In the two league encounters since then it has been honours even with consecutive 0-0 draws at the rear end of the last campaign and at Ashton Gate in October.

BURTON ALBION TEAM NEWS
Question marks hang over the heads of Damien McCrory and Hope Akpan ahead of the game. The former received a knock to the knee during the first half of Tuesday night’s fixture against Brentford and had to be substituted. Whilst Akpan suffered an ankle injury in training that caused him to miss the Brentford clash and his availability for Saturday is still uncertain.

Nigel Clough will also be without John Brayford and Ben Turner as they remain sidelined with calf injuries.

BRISTOL CITY TEAM NEWS
The Brewers gain a boost, though, in the absence of Aden Flint and Joe Bryan for Bristol City following suspensions picked up at Preston North End on Tuesday night. Flint was shown a straight red card for violent conduct whilst Bryan received his tenth caution of the season.

Centre-half Nathan Baker has missed Bristol’s past two encounters with a groin injury and remains a doubt for their trip to the Pirelli on Saturday.

REFEREE
The game will be taken charge by Scott Duncan, who has refereed Burton Albion seven times before brandishing 20 yellow cards and one red to the Brewers.

Duncan has been in the middle for 29 games this season and handed out 82 cautions and a hefty seven sendings off in that period. He was the man in charge when Albion snatched a late 3-2 victory away at Oldham Athletic back in August.

Adam Crysell and Shaun Hudson will be Duncan’s assistants and Geoff Eltringham will take on the role of fourth official.

TICKETS
Albion supporters can still purchase tickets for this afternoon's game against Millwall, 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

FAMILY TICKET
The family ticket is available in the North Terrace and will cost just £40 for two adults and two under 17s tickets, which is a saving of £14 on regular match tickets. Additional under 17s tickets can be purchased at the same time as the family ticket for only £3.

CAR PARKING
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.

PRE-MATCH ACTIVITIES
Throughout the day, there will be a variety of activities taking place inside and outside of the Burton Albion Community Trust (BACT) building, starting at 1:30PM. Activities will include face painting, Burton Albion design competitions, inflatable activities and the chance to meet Billy & Bettie Brewer.

BACT will also be working in partnership with the Burton Junior Football League (BJFL), which oversees divisions from under 7s football all the way up to youth football in the Burton area to offer incentives for their teams and families to be a part of the day.

FAMILY AREA
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.

BAG POLICY
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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