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Match Preview: Burton Albion

A look ahead to this evening’s battle with The Brewers

21 November 2017

The Opposition

Only table-topping Wolverhampton Wanderers have managed more clean sheets on their travels than The Brewers this season, setting up what looks like a tough task for Brentford’s attacking force this evening.

Aston Villa have matched Burton’s total of four away shutouts, with all of Burton’s coming in their last five trips.

But things aren’t quite as good on home soil. Following Friday’s defeat to Sheffield United, Burton had let 18 in at The Pirelli Stadium in their last six matches – that’s as much as all the top six have conceded in total all season. Brentford have to put a halt to their visitors strong away run tonight.


In the Dugout

Nigel Clough returned as Brewers Manager in December 2015 almost seven years after ending his first spell at the club to take over the managerial reins at Derby County.

Clough played over 300 times during his first spell with Burton and was pivotal both on and off the pitch as the club stormed to the UniBond Northern Premier League title in 2002. He established Albion in the Conference, leaving the club on the cusp of promotion to the Football League when departing for Derby County in January 2009.

Following three and a half years at Pride Park, Sheffield United gave Clough the chance to rebuild after a disastrous start to the 2013/14 season; an FA Cup Semi-Final, a League Cup Semi-Final and seventh and fifth-place finishes in League One followed.

Defeat in the 2014/15 Play-Off Semi-Final against Swindon Town proved to be the end of Clough's tenure, with Burton Chairman Ben Robinson inviting him to re-join The Brewers in December 2015.

Across his two spells, Clough has managed the club in over 600 matches


Pre-Match Briefing

Dean Smith: “We have to go and start another run”

Stats Zone: The figures between our battle with The Brewers

Bees in Cryotherapy: A look at how The Bees aid their recovery with two games in four days

Opposition View: With Josh Murray of The Burton Mail


Match Coverage

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