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Match Preview - Burton Albion v Bristol Rovers

1 March 2021

All the need-to-know info ahead of Tuesday's encounter...

Rovers head on the road to continue their busy league schedule at Burton Albion on Tuesday night.

The Gas will be lifted by an impressive display that secured three points at home over Shrewsbury on the weekend just gone, with the maximum points tally helping Rovers open up a two-point gap on the teams inside the bottom four.

Luke Leahy continued his fine form in front of goal in the win over the Shrews, as the stand-in skipper slotted home from Alex Rodman’s deadly low cross into the area. Brandon Hanlan added a second goal for Rovers in the second half, which was what the performance of Barton’s side merited, but there were nervous moments in stoppage time when the away side pulled a goal back through Daniel Udoh.

Rovers endured late pressure from the visitors, with substitute goalkeeper Jordi van Stappershoef making a crucial save in the 7th minute of stoppage time to seal the win.

Attention now turns to two away games this week, starting off with Tuesday’s midweek journey to Burton Albion.

Just two points and two places separate the two sides ahead of Tuesday’s game.

Manager Preview

The Gaffer caught up with us on Monday night to discuss his approach to his side's midweek tie, after a superb performance secured all three points for his team. Click through to the Twitter thread to read all his pre-match views.

 

Player Preview

Alex Rodman chatted to the local press on Zoom on Monday afternoon. The winger produced an impressive display against his former team on the weekend and spoke about the uplift in morale generated from the arrival of the new Manager and the three-point haul over Shrewsbury.

Catch the interview below…


Form Guide

Burton favourite Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has lead a turnaround in form for the Brewers since he re-joined the club as Manager back in January. Recent wins over the likes of Hull and Charlton have helped Burton keep within range of the teams on the cusp of the relegation places, after being rooted to the foot of the table before his appointment.

Burton have won five out of their last ten outings, recording back-to-back wins against Hull and Northampton and both Charlton and Rochdale.

Kane Hemmings now has 9 goals to his name this season, while midfielder Joe Powell has five assists this campaign.

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Betting

EFL sponsors Sky Bet have Rovers priced at 19/10 to get the three points on offer tomorrow night. The 1-0 scoreline in the Gas’ favour is offered at 8/1, while a 2-1 scoreline for a Rovers win is listed at 9/1. Brandon Hanlan is priced at 5/1 to open the scoring and can be backed at 15/8 to be on the scoresheet at any time during the encounter.

To bet with Sky Bet please click HERE.

All odds are correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.

Last Encounter

The sides played out a 1-1 draw at the Mem earlier in the season. A slack defensive header from Neal Eardley was pounced on by James Daly, as the striker raced through to put Rovers ahead in the 52nd minute. Burton pulled back level in the closing stages, as Kane Hemmings’ first Burton goal ensured the points were shared.

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Referee Watch

Charles Breakspear is the man in charge of Tuesday’s game. Breakspear has officiated 23 games this term, giving out 89 yellow cards and 5 red cards. He was in charge of the meeting between the two sides at the Mem back in October, where he gave out 4 yellow cards. During the 2019/20 season, Breakspear was in charge of two Rovers fixtures, our wins at home against both Oxford United and Sunderland.

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Around the Grounds

There’s plenty of midweek action in Sky Bet League One on Tuesday. Notable fixtures for Rovers will be Swindon’s trip to Sunderland and Rochdale away encounter at Hull City. Shrewsbury host AFC Wimbledon. Wigan play host to Charlton, while Northampton welcome play-off chasing Plymouth Argyle. League leaders Peterborough are away at Oxford, while Lincoln City host Fleetwood Town.


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