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League 1 Preview: Burton Albion

3 June 2015

What will the Brewers bring to the table for their first ever campaign in League 1?

We continue our look at our opponents ahead of next season's League 1 venture by previewing a side we know well from battles over the last few years - Burton Albion.

Who are this lot then?
Burton Albion, who earned promotion to Sky Bet League 1 automatically last season as they ended the campaign as champions. The Brewers clinched their promotion with a victory at Morecambe, and the 2015-16 campaign will be their first ever in the third tier of English football.

Did they get up to much last season?
Promotion to League 1 for the first time in their history following a consistent campaign. Ended up pipping Shrewsbury Town to earn champions status.

Who's the boss?
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (below) is well known to supporters in England, Holland and Portugal for being a fantastic player, but he's building quite a reputation as a boss – especially after guiding Burton to the title last season. A former Chelsea and Atletico Madrid striker during his playing days, Hasselbaink took over from Gary Rowett during last season when he moved to Birmingham City and oversaw promotion. Hasselbaink has also been boss at Royal Antwerp and has also played in Holland, Spain and Portugal.

Any stand out players?
Striker Stuart Beavon (below) is capable of scoring goals in League One and has previous experience of playing at that level with both Wycombe Wanderers and Preston North End. John Mousinho and Shane Cansdell-Sheriff played with Beavon at Preston and they're another couple to have previously played in the third tier. 

Any links?
Rob Kiernan spent time on loan at Burton Albion from Watford before he spent a spell with us here at Roots Hall from Wigan Athletic. Rob formed an excellent partnership at the back with Jakub Sokolik during part of the 2013-14 campaign as Blues reached the play-offs. Other to have represented both the Blues and the Brewers are current Cardiff City left back Scott Malone and striker Matt Paterson.

What's the ground like?
Home to the Brewers for a decade now, the Pirelli Stadium was opened in July 2005 after the Brewers' move from their old Eton Park ground. The Pirelli Stadium cost over £7million to construct and it holds just under 7,000 spectators.

For the trip to the Pirelli Stadium, Blues fans will once again be housed in the East Stand, behind one of the goals. This is a terraced area, although limited seating is available on a section of the Main Stand for visiting supporters.

How far away is the place?
A trip to Burton Albion will be a 334 mile round-trip for supporters making the journey from Southend.

Good memories against them?
Not really. We're winless against the Brewers in the last four meetings, with May 2014 being the last time we took the points. We suffered a defeat to the Burton the last time we travelled to Staffordshire, whilst the last time they travelled to Roots Hall resulted in a 0-0 draw on a cold Friday night in December.

Southend United wins: 3
Draws: 3
Burton Albion wins: 6

What are the odds on that?
The Brewers are priced at 9/1 with Sky Bet to win promotion from League 1.

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