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Match Preview: Burton Albion (H)

20 November 2015

The Shakers take on Burton Albion in Sky Bet League One tomorrow afternoon at Gigg Lane, 3pm kick-off.

Bury return to Gigg Lane after a number of weeks away, when they take on Burton Albion in Sky Bet League on Saturday 21st November, 3pm kick-off.


Burton Albion are spending their first ever season in League One, after winning Sky Bet League Two last season in emphatic style, gaining promotion with Bury in the process.


The Brewers have started the season well in new surroundings, currently sitting 4th in the League, 5 points above Bury, with this in mind the Shakers will be looking to claw back that points difference from Burton, by gaining 3 points on Saturday.


Both team have similar records in the League having both gone through good and bad periods of form in the first three months of the season, which will make for a very entertaining affair.


Burton Albion currently have one of the highest-profile and highly sought after Managers at this level of the game in Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, according to Bury Manager David Flitcroft, who spoke about his opposite number at the Brewers ahead of the game.


Talking to Shakers PlayerHD, David Flitcroft said:


“He has been linked with a number of the jobs that are currently open, and I’ve been surprised that they haven’t had a bid in for Jimmy, because he’s probably the brightest thing out there at the minute.”


The Shakers still have a large number of players unavailable due to injury, although they are all now starting to return to training and a few should soon be ready to battle with the current starters for a place.


Two players that are close to returning are winger Craig Jones who has been out for a number of weeks and Kelvin Etuhu who has missed most of the season so far, but both will give a massive boost to the squad when back in contention.


David Flitcroft added to his squad yesterday afternoon with the loan signing of forward Joe Dodoo from Premier League outfit Leicester City on a month loan.


The pacy forward is expected to come straight into the squad for the game, as the Manager is currently short in numbers especially in wide positions with Jones and Chris Eagles currently not ready for first team action.


After scoring three goals and making one assist last time he visited Gigg Lane with Leicester City in the Capital One Cup earlier this season, fans are hoping that he can reproduce that kind of performance while in a Bury shirt.


Burton Albion will be without winger Zeli Ismail who has hit a set-back with his return from injury, however they will welcome the return of Tom Naylor who is back after one-match ban and Damien McCrory may also return after two games out.


Tickets for the match are category C.


If you can’t make the match, listen to commentary on Shakers PlayerHD.




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