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Match preview: Burton Albion (A)

10 March 2017

Nottingham Forest visit Burton Albion in the Sky Bet Championship clash on Saturday 11 March (kick-off 3pm).

Nottingham Forest will be looking to get back on track as they make their first ever trip to face Burton Albion on Saturday. It was a disappointing night on Tuesday with the 3-2 defeat at home to Brentford, but this Saturday provides an early opportunity to put that result behind them and move further away from the relegation spots. 

Forest have found it difficult on their travels though with just two away wins all season and Gary Brazil will be hoping for a better performance and another vital three points.

The Brewers will be looking to their home form if they are to stay up, with 24 of their 38 points coming at the Pirelli Stadium and they come into the match on the back of a five-game unbeaten run. The last four games have been draws though, including a credible 1-1 away to Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday night, and Nigel Clough's side will fancy their chances. 

Armand Traore and Chris Cohen are expected to be back in contention having sat out Tuesday's match against Brentford, while Michael Mancienne and Matt Mills are edging closer to a return. Jack Hobbs is a little further off while The Reds will also be missing Jamie Ward as he starts a two-game suspension after picking up 10 yellow cards.

Nigel Clough has said he may make changes to his side to freshen things up despite the draw at Sheffield Wednesday. Lucas Akins and Michael Kightly are both doubts after missing the match at Hillsborough, although it did see the return of Ben Turner and Marvin Sordell who are both likely to be involved again. 

Nottingham Forest

Norwich (A) - Lost 5-1
Fulham (A) - Lost 3-2
Sheffield Wednesday (H) - Lost 2-1
Wigan (A) - Drew 0-0
Brighton (H) - Won 3-0
Brentford (H) - Lost 3-2

Burton Albion

Brighton (A) - Lost 4-1
Norwich (H) - Won 2-1
Derby (A) - Drew 0-0
Blackburn (H) - Drew 1-1
Bristol City (A) - Drew 0-0
Sheffield Wednesday (A) - Drew 1-1

As this is the first ever trip to face Burton Albion, take a look at the only other competitive encounter between the two sides on the opening day of this season:

Jackson Irvine

Australian international Jackson Irvine has been a solid figure for Burton this season, being a virtual ever-present since his move in the summer from Ross County. The 24-year-old has chipped in with nine goals this term, making him The Brewers top scorer and his goals against Derby, Sheffield Wednesday and Rotherham have all heralded key points for Burton.

Melbourne-born Irvine started his career at Celtic in 2012, playing in the development sides before a loan spell at Kilmarnock. A similar spell at Ross County followed before that move was made permanent and he made the move south of the border for an undisclosed fee in the summer. 

Burton manager Nigel Clough believes their home form could play a big role if they are to stay up and relishes the prospect of facing Nottingham Forest. He said: “There are 10 games to go now and six of them are at home – which is very important. As well as we have done on the road in the last few games, when we are facing trips to Newcastle and Huddersfield I don’t think people are expecting us to get too much there.

“These two home games against Nottingham Forest and Brentford become absolutely vital to us. We have set a mini target of getting over 40 points before we head into the international break and I think psychologically that would be a big boost.

“We have the opportunity to go above Forest with a victory on Saturday. They had a great win against Brighton and if they hadn’t got that result we would be above them now. I don’t think anyone saw that coming but that’s what they are capable of. You are not quite sure what you are going to get.

“When you do get the likes of Derby and Forest coming here, it’s something we never dreamed would happen. It will be a good day and we should be close to a full house. With everything at stake and both teams having a massive interest then it’s going to be an important game. The bottom line is don’t lose but if we can get the three points, that’s great.”

Tickets for this fixture have now SOLD OUT. This is the full and final allocation for Forest supporters and no further tickets will be made available.

Live audio commentary of the game will be available on Forest Player HD from 2pm while there will also be live text commentary available on the Forest Wall and on the club's Twitter page from 2.30pm. Forest Player HD will also have extended match highlights from 12pm on Sunday, as well as all the reaction from the Forest camp after the game.

To win:

Burton Albion - 11/8
Nottingham Forest - 2/1
Draw - 9/4

To score first:

Lucas Akins - 5/1
Cauley Woodrow - 5/1
Britt Assombalonga - 17/4
Zach Clough - 5/1

Fixtures to be played at 3pm on Saturday unless otherwise stated.

Brighton v Derby (kick-off 7.45pm, Friday)
Aston Villa v Sheffield Wednesday
Barnsley v Ipswich
Brentford v Huddersfield
Cardiff v Birmingham
Leeds v QPR
Newcastle v Fulham
Norwich v Blackburn
Preston v Reading
Wigan v Bristol City
Wolves v Rotherham

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