THE Brewers travel to Vale Park this evening as they look to pick up their first points in the Checkatrade Trophy group stage.
HEAD 2 HEAD
10 matches have taken place between the Brewers and Port Vale, with Burton Albion winning three. The most recent encounter was also Albion’s biggest win over the Vale Park side. In March 2016, Albion won 4-0 away from home on their way to promotion from League One.
BURTON ALBION TEAM NEWS
Nigel Clough will send a strong team to Port Vale for tomorrow's Checkatrade Trophy clash but will be missing some key players through injury.
David Templeton missed Saturday's game at Wycombe with a shoulder injury and will almost certainly be absent again and Stephen Quinn and John Brayford are also unlikely to be in the squad.
Liam Boyce will also be absent as he is on international duty with Northern Ireland.
PORT VALE TEAM NEWS
None of Emmanuel Oyeleke, Cristian Montano, James Gibbons and Scott Quigley featured for Port Vale at the weekend due to injury. Montano is sidelined with a long-term injury, while Oyeleke, Gibbons and Quigley have all be out due to respective hamstring, hip and thigh injuries.
It is unknown if any of the latter trio will feature in tonight’s game.
Robert Lewis has refereed eight games across four domestic competitions this season and has issued 24 yellow cards in that time. The Shropshire referee has also given one red card and three penalties.
He refereed Albion’s first Checkatrade Trophy fixture, which came against Walsall last month.
Tickets are now off-sale at the Pirelli Stadium. However, supporters will be able to pay on the day. A cash-only away sales kiosk will be open outside the away stand from 6:30PM for a 7:45 kick-off.
Port Vale have a dedicated stand for supporters with disabilities. Wheelchair users will need to contact Port Vale directly to book. Any supporters wanting to do this should call 01782 655821.