THE Brewers begin their EFL League One campaign by hosting Paul Lambert’s recently relegated Ipswich Town at the Pirelli Stadium.
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Despite the sides’ first three encounters ending in victories for Ipswich, their most recent fixture was a goalless draw at Portman Road.
For both of Ipswich’s previous visits to the Pirelli, they have come out on top with 2-1 wins, as the sides met in consecutive seasons in the EFL Championship.
The inaugural meeting between the Brewers and Ipswich came in October 2016, as the Tractor Boys emerged with a 2-0 home victory.
BURTON ALBION TEAM NEWS
Ben Fox and David Templeton remain the only injuries for Nigel Clough’s side. Templeton has been side-lined for at least two more weeks with a hip flexor, while Fox faces an extended recovery with a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament.
The rest of the squad emerged from recent pre-season friendlies with Chesterfield and Nuneaton with no serious injury concerns. On-loan defender, Richard Nartey, is hoping to shake off a minor hamstring problem and be in contention to make his debut.
Subject to international clearance, new signing Ryan Edwards should make his competitive debut for the Brewers. Other new signings, including the likes of John-Joe O’Toole, Jevan Anderson and Kieren O’Hara will be looking to make their first appearances in yellow and black.
Oliver Sarkic, who joined Brewers on a one-year deal this week from Leeds United, will also be in contention for a spot in the matchday squad.
IPSWICH TEAM NEWS
Most recently, 19-year-old Tristan Nydam was ruled out for six months with a broken ankle. He joins fellow first team players Teddy Bishop, Jon Nolan, Gwion Edwards, Toto Nsiala, Jack Lankester, Alan Judge and Freddie Sears on the injury list for the visitors.
Ipswich begin the season as the bookies’ second favourites for the league. Each of their three summer additions, which include James Norwood, Thomas Holy, and Luke Garbutt on loan from Everton, could all start on Saturday. Norwood, undoubtedly Ipswich’s marquee summer signing, scored 32 goals for Tranmere in all competitions last season.
Ross Joyce will be in charge of Saturday’s game, with Matthew Parry and Christopher Ward assisting. Joyce, from Cleveland in North Yorkshire, gave out 152 yellow cards in 43 games across various EFL competitions, including League One, last season.
Unfortunately, streaming is not available to domestic supporters. However, match passes can be purchased by international viewers.
Ticket prices are as follows:
Senior (65-plus): £20
Young person (17-22): £20
Senior (65-plus): £16
Young Person (17-22): £13
Any tickets purchased on the matchday will cost an additional £2 each.
Home fans can pay in cash on the turnstiles for terrace admission.
Albion supporters should be aware that those purchasing concessions maybe challenged at the turnstiles to provide proof of age.
There will be a matchday collection for St Giles Hospice. Plesae support if you can.
Will take place at the Burton Albion Community Trust building and on the 3G pitch from 1.15pm to 2pm.