Burton Albion vs Southend United...
After capturing their first back-to-back wins of the campaign, Blues will be on the lookout for a hat-trick of victories as they take on Burton Albion at the Pirelli Stadium this evening.
Despite a late scare at Adams Park, Southend were worthy winners against Wycombe on Saturday and Chris Powell’s side will travel to Derbyshire in confident mood.
Burton go into tonight’s game off the back of a 0-0 stalemate at home to Scunthorpe United, and it’s at their home ground where The Brewers have been a tough proposition for visiting sides.
Having beaten Premier League Burnley and Championship side Aston Villa at home in the Carabao Cup in recent weeks, Burton have also failed to lose in the league at home since the opening day.
Burton Albion: DWWDLW
Southend United: WWLLWL
22nd February 2016: Southend United (Wordsworth, Barnett, Mooney) 3 vs 1 (Beavon) Burton Albion
3rd October 2015: Burton Albion (Prosser OG) 1 vs 0 Southend United
18th March 2015: Burton Albion (Palmer, El Khayati) 2 vs 1 (Corr) Southend United
Chris Powell will be hesitant to make many, if any changes, to his starting line-up following back-to-back wins in the league against Fleetwood and Wycombe.
Mark Oxley was the only change on Saturday and he’s expected to be fine for the trip to Burton after picking up a knock in the win at Adams Park.
Harry Bunn looks set to miss out again after the midfielder suffered a reoccurrence of his heel injury in training last week, while long-term absentee Harry Lennon remains out.
Burton have their fingers crossed that they’ve seen the back of a sickness bug that hit the squad on Saturday and prevented Marvin Sordell from taking the field against Scunthorpe.
Sordell is expected to be available tonight, with Nigel Clough being able to call upon Jake Buxton, Stephen Quinn, Scott Fraser and David Templeton who all returned from injuries at the weekend.
Chris Powell, Southend United Manager:
“Nigel knows what he’s doing at this level. He’s been successful with them and been there a long time before he moved away and went back.
“They’ve had a bit of a turnaround with regards to their additions, but they know what they’re doing, especially at home.
“They’ve settled on a way of playing and just like anyone in this division we have to make sure defensively we’re ready but we have to do our best to impress our game on them.”
Nigel Clough, Burton Albion Manager:
"We will try not to let Southend settle and will look to get after them from the start. We always try and start quickly both home and away.
"They have a very good manager in Chris Powell and they are one of those teams that if we are not on our game are more than capable of taking the points here.
"We will look to keep the level of performance high and try and be a little bit more fluent than we were against Scunthorpe. We will look to do the same things but better. When we do play well not many teams will get close to us.”
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