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Preview: Burton Albion

23 August 2013

All you need to know for Saturdays game at Burton

Burton Albion v Bury
Sky Bet League Two
Sat 24 August 2013 – 3:00pm

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Pre-Match Links: Opposition Web Site | Guide to the Pirrelli Stadium |  Ticket Prices | Latest Betting Odds | The Manager – Video – Text | Shaun Harrad – Video – Text | Tommy Miller – Video – Text | Goals v Burton Albion

In-Game Links: Full Match Commentary | Cover it Live Console

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Full Team News will be live on the main site as soon as we receive the team sheet

Team News – Bury:  The arrival of two players has suddenly made the Shakers look a lot stronger than we were at the same point last week.  The two new faces that are not looking at spending time in the development squad, these are two players that arrive with a good calibre, a certain pedigree behind them and experience.

William Edjenguélé arrives with a reputation, experience and the knowledge that he can play alongside the same player that he has played alongside before.  Nathan Cameron was as pleased as punch to see a former Coventry City team-mate suddenly appear in the Gigg Lane dressing room earlier this week – though perhaps the biggest surprise is in the fact that Coventry have offloaded him in the first place.

Tommy Miller has brought a good reaction from many supporters, but perhaps the best reaction came from a former player.  When people like Ryan Lowe send tweets that read ‘What a signing tommy (one touch) miller is for @buryfcofficial’ then you tend to sit up and take notice.

His career path along tells you that maybe the gaffer has pulled off something of a coup here with getting Miller to sign for the club.  Experience, good on the ball, a good reader of the game and by all accounts – a good passer of the ball.  Plenty of people are taking notice of this arrival.

From experience though, new arrivals don’t usually go straight into a Kevin Blackwell side, they usually make an introduction from the bench and then progress to starting games.  Chances are we are going to see pretty much the same thing this weekend.

Plus of course, there’s another old football adage we can use – ‘don’t change a winning side’.  The 3-0 win last weekend wasn’t the prettiest of performances, but a result is a result.  Not many managers will be unhappy about taking three points but not performing.

Injury is a concern this week, but not a major concern as the gaffer does have other options to use.  Unlike last season where players took to the field injured, or not fit.  Kevin Blackwell has brought in plenty of options should one not make it.

Tom Soares is unlikely to travel after he failed to make the second half last weekend with a foot injury.  The tap to the ankle just before half time has seen the former Crystal Palace midfielder side-lined and under treatment from physio Tom Walsh for the last seven days.  Goal scoring substitute Marlon Jackson, who admitted last week that he can play wide, it the likelier of replacements

Burton will provide a stiff test for the Lads.   A 3-2 win at Fleetwood last weekend, 1-0 v Rochdale the week before and there are not many sides that travel to Bramall Lane to come away with a win – yet Burton did it.

The gaffer knows this will be tough, a tough test for his developing side.  Gary Rowett at Burton knows exactly the same though – he will know that Bury are a tough test for anyone...

The final word this weekend, as Shaun Harrad put it – we fear no one…

Team News – Burton Albion:  Gary Rowett: best yet to come from Burton Albion striker Rene Howe


GARY Rowett reckons the best is yet to come from striker Rene Howe after the summer signing started with two goals in two games for Burton Albion.  Howe, 26, missed much of pre-season training as he looked for a club having left Torquay United.


He is still playing catch-up to the rest of the Brewers squad – and Rowett is confident his striker will go from strength to strength as the season progresses.  “I think he’s one of those players you take a little time to see the best of,” said the Albion boss ahead of tomorrow’s home League Two clash with Bury, kick-off 3pm.


“His performances and fitness are improving all the time.  You could even see an improvement from the Rochdale game to the Fleetwood game in the space of a week.”


Rowett thinks Howe – who was linked with moves to League One clubs in the summer – could make a step up in the game if he has a good season at the Pirelli Stadium. 


“I really think he can improve much more,” said the Brewers boss. “If he comes here and works harder than before, he’s got all the attributes he needs to play higher in the game.  It’s a big season for him.  He just needs games and needs time.  I expect players to work harder here than they might have been used to before - that’s something we’re quite big on.”


Howe, who is expected to start against the Shakers up front alongside Adam McGurk, was originally denied a debut goal in the 1-0 home win over Rochdale, with an appeal to the Football League this week getting an own goal decision overturned.


Rowett is pleased for his frontman, who after scoring the opener in last week’s 3-2 win at Fleetwood Town, is going hunting for three in three.


“I think justice was done,” said the Brewers boss.  “If you’re a striker and you score a goal, and it gets put as an own goal, it’s an injustice - scoring goals is your lifeblood.  It seemed a little bit strange on the day, and it’s nice for him to get the recognition he deserves.  Two in two for him is an excellent start to the season - it’s a just reward for his couple of performances.”


Billy Kee (thigh) and Zander Diamond (foot) will miss tomorrow’s match, while for Bury’s Shaun Harrad it will be another return to the club where he enjoyed promotion to the Football League.  Bury also feature former Derby County left-back Gareth Roberts.


Source:  Burton Mail


Form Guide (Last six games):  Unused until teams have completed six games

Tipsters Sky Bet Picks:  Can you beat the tipster and make a small fortune; we've given our tipping expert £20, on the condition that he makes five bets of £4.00 each and only on Bury game's. Tipsters top tips for the game with Burton Albion are:-


Click here to go straight to our Shakers Sky Bet site


Bet 1: Bury to win the game - on offer now at 11/4 - a £4.00 stake will bring a return (including your stake) of £18.75


Bet 2: Anton Forrester to score the first goal - available now at 9/1 - a £4.00 stake will bring a return (including your stake) of £50.00


Bet 3: Burton Albion 0 Bury 3 - currently at 40/1- a £4.00 stake will bring a return (including your stake) of £205.00


Bet 4: Combine all the above, Anton Forrester 1st goal and a 3-0 win - it's worth a bet now at 240/1- a £4.00 stake will bring a return (including your stake) of £1,205.00


Bet 5: Tom Soares to score anytime - on offer now at 5/1 - a £4.00 stake will bring a return (including your stake) of £30.00


Follow the tipster on all of the above and you could make a total return of £1,508.75 - The above is just five options from 100's, follow the links to log onto our Sky Bet betting site.


Can you beat the tipster, let us know if you do....


Any bet you make using our Sky bet site, win or lose, will benefit the Shakers


The Referee:  Our match referee is Mr Charles Breakspear from Surrey 


Saturdays games will see Mr Breakspear take charge of his third league game since coming onto the referee’s list over the summer.  His previous two games brought a 1-0 win for York City at home to Northampton Town (Five Yellow cards and one red card) and a 3-1 away win for Plymouth Argyle at Cheltenham Town (Five yellow cards).


This will Charles’s first game involving the Shakers or the Brewers


Ticket & Travel Guide: Ticket PricesBurton Albion Visitors Guide

Website Coverage:  Full match commentary will be available from the Pirelli Stadium, login to 'Shakers Player' for the full game. Listen to Gordon Sorfleet and Maurice Dickson for full match commentary. Commentary will begin around five minutes before kick off

Contact the commentary team by using the ‘Cover it Live’ Console – or via twitter using @shakersplayer

Video reaction from the manager and any key players from the game as well as our match report will be live late at some point on Saturday Evening, whilst Martin Ogden's Match Action Images will be live on our official Facebook page late on Saturday evening.

EXTENDED VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS – from the game will be live on 'Shakers Player' at some point on Sunday (depending on DVD availability).  Goal highlights will also be live on Shakers Player and  YouTube from lunchtime on Sunday.

Social Media Coverage:  We will be tweeting updates from the game via our official Twitter account @buryfcofficial.  If you wish to contact the commentary team, then please use @shakersplayer twitter account

Finally:  Be loud, be proud and support the lads – enjoy the game



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