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Match Preview: Burton Albion

9 December 2016

All the info ahead of our first ever meeting with The Brewers

Brentford  vs Burton Albion

Saturday 10 December
Griffin Park  
Sky Bet Championship
Kick-off: 3pm

The Opponents

It's only 14 years since Burton Albion were playing in the sixth tier of English football but nobody can deny The Brewers their place in the Sky Bet Championship as they continue their relentless march up the EFL. After promotion from League Two in 2015, Burton finished second in their first ever season in League One and have enjoyed a solid start to this season's Sky Bet Championship. Never inside the bottom three, Nigel Clough's side beat Sheffield Wednesday and Derby County in the opening month of the season to head into the first international break in 13th place. A winless September followed that fine start but recent victories over Cardiff City, Birmingham City, and Rotherham United last time out, see The Brewers go into Saturday's game one place behind The Bees but still searching for that first away win of the season.

After such a quick rise up the leagues, Burton sought to add Championship experience to their squad this summer. Shaun Barker [Derby County], Lee Williamson [Blackburn Rovers], Lloyd Dyer [Burnley], and Kyle McFadzean [MK Dons] were among those to arrive at The Pirelli Stadium in July and August with Jamie Ward [Nottingham Forest], John Brayford [Sheffield United], and Chris O'Grady [Brighton and Hove Albion] agreeing temporary moves to the East Midlands. Former Bee Darius Charles [AFC Wimbledon] was one of eight players to depart as Clough readied his squad for the Championship challenge ahead.

The Manager

An accomplished striker in his playing days, Nigel Clough, son of legendary manager Brian, earned 14 England caps during a career that took in Nottingham Forest, Liverpool, Manchester City, Sheffield Wednesday, and Burton Albion. Clough made his name under his father at Nottingham Forest where he helped The Reds to two League Cup titles and two Full Members Cup titles. He scored 131 goals during his time at The City Ground before frustrating spells at Anfield and Maine Road saw him call time on his professional career in 1998.

Clough spent the next decade as player-manager and then manager of Burton taking them from the seventh tier of English football to the brink of the Football League before departing for Derby County in 2009. His four years at Derby saw steady improvement but he was unable to break into the Play-Offs. A poor start to the 2013-14 saw him sacked in September before he took charge at Sheffield United a month later. His exploits in leading The Blades away from the League One relegation zone and to an FA Cup semi-final saw him named the LMA FA Cup Manager of the Season. United repeated their cup heroics the following season with a run to the League Cup Semi-Final but it wasn't enough to stop Clough parting company with United at the end of the season before a return to Burton last December.

The Match Officials

Referee: David Coote
Assistant Referees: Michael George and Adam Matthews
Fourth Official: Tim Robinson

Pre-match Views

Dean Smith: “We have to go out and deliver”

John Egan: “We aren’t happy with what happened last week and we want to put it right"

Ticket and Travel news

Tickets for tomorrow's match will be on General Sale up until kick-off for just £20 adults, £5 Young Persons, and £1 Juniors. Buy your tickets here.

For a visitors guide to Griffin Park click here.

Match Betting

Principal partners 888sport offer the latest odds on tomorrow's meeting.

Bees Evens
Burton Albion 11/4
Draw 5/2

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Match Coverage

You can hear live match commentary on Bees Player from 2.30pm tomorrow, with Mark Burridge and Marcus Gayle.

There will be live match updates on Twitter from 2pm.

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