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08 March 2019 Venue Ricoh Arena Attendance

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PREVIEW: Sky Blues Entertain Burton Albion On Friday Night

City return to the Ricoh following back to back away games...

8 March 2019

Fact File:

Founded: 1950
Stadium: Pirelli Stadium
Capacity: 6,912
Pitch size: 110 x 72 yards
Club Nickname: Brewers
Year Ground Opened: 2005
Kit Colour: Sky Blue

Greatest Managers- Nigel Clough

Since 1998 Burton Albion have had seven managers in charge including the likes of Paul Peschisolido, Gary Rowett and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink. However, the manager with the longest reign in charge of the Brewers is Nigel Clough.

Clough first took charge of Burton in 1998 where he would end up managing the side for eleven years and for 709 games, recording 310 wins for the Brewers. After a successful spell Clough ended up leaving when he was offered the job at Derby County, Clough would spend the next four years at the Rams before heading to Sheffield United in 2013.

After six years away from Burton, Clough would return to manage at the Pirelli in 2015, to which he currently remains in charge of the Brewers making it a total of 826 games in charge of Burton in his two spells with the club.

 

Mascot- Billy and Bettie Brewer

Burton Albion currently have two mascots under the name of Billy and Bettie Brewer. This is to follow the clubs nickname of the Brewers, known for Burton having a brewing heritage which dates back hundreds of years.

 

Last Six

Draw- Burton 1-1 Bradford

Draw- Burton 0-0 Oxford

Win- AFC Wimbledon 0-2 Burton

Draw- Shrewsbury 1-1 Burton

Draw- Barnsley 0-0 Burton

Lost- Burton 0-1 Fleetwood

 

Head-to-Head

Sky Blues (W) - 2

Draw - 0

Burton Albion (W) – 2

Opposition

Nigel Clough’s side currently sit 11th in League One, six points behind the Sky Blues going into this weekend’s fixture.

Having only won two games so far in 2019, the Brewers will be trying to kick start some form and push up the table going into the run in to the end of the season.

 

Last Time We Met

The last time the two clubs met was in a League One fixture in November at the Pirelli Stadium.

With the Sky Blues being promoted from League Two and Burton relegated from the Championship in the previous season, Burton went into the game as favourites, which was certainly shown with the home side coming out the blocks quick.

Despite Burton looking on top the sides went into the break goalless. After both teams going close in the second half the break through came from a set piece in the 66th minute when a Burton free kick deflected off Tom Bayliss and into the Sky Blues goal, to give the Brewers the lead.

After the goal it became tough for Coventry to get a foot hold in the game again and the home side managed the game to come out 1-0 victors.

 

Sky Bet Odds

The Sky Blues go into Friday’s fixture as favourites at 13/10 to take three points, with the Brewers at 19/10.

Goal scorer against Accrington, Bright Enobakhare is at 5/2 to score anytime with 6/1 to be first.

The boost’s for this game are a Coventry win and both teams to score boosted to 9/2 and Burton win and both teams to score boosted to 6/1.

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REPORT: Sky Blues 1-2 Burton Albion

City fall to defeat against the Brewers...

8 March 2019

The Sky Blues suffered their first defeat in six games as they lost 2-1 to Burton Albion at the Ricoh Arena.

Despite the Sky Blues dominating the early exchanges, the first chance of the game fell to the visitors. Lucas Akins beat Tom Davies on the edge of the area, but his shot was tame and easy for Burge to deal with.

Tom Bayliss had City’s first effort on goal in the 17th minute. Bright Enobakhare did well to make his way in to the box before teeing up the midfielder, however his goal bound shot was turned away by the head of Jake Buxton.

It was Burton who took the lead just a minute later thanks to Akins. Marcus Harness showed good skill to get away from Brandon Mason and his low cross was turned in by the Brewers forward to give the away side the advantage.

Burton were in the ascendency following Akins’ goal and were beginning to take control of the game. Stephen Quinn was next to try his luck for the visitors, but his shot from outside of the area flew harmlessly over Burge’s goal.

Jordy Hiwula forced Brewers keeper Bradley Collins in to action just before the half hour mark. Dujon Sterling’s cross found its way to Hiwula at the back post and his shot seemed to be heading for the top corner, however the goalkeeper acrobatically tipped it over the bar.

Marcus Harness was causing problems for City down the left-hand side and Burge produced a great save to deny Burton a second. The winger cut in to the area and drilled low shot across the face of goal, but Burge made a smart one handed save to prevent the Sky Blues falling two goals behind.

Harness again came close on the stroke of half time. Colin Daniel’s cross found Harness unmarked in the area, but his header went over the bar and the Sky Blues went in to the break a goal down.

The Sky Blues were level five minutes after the restart. Luke Thomas played an infield ball to Amadou Bakayoko, who flicked it on for Bayliss, and the midfielder slotted past the onrushing Collins in the Burton goal to bring City level.

Thomas then hit the post just moments later. Tom Bayliss threaded a perfect through ball to the winger and Thomas went through one on one with Collins, but his shot cannoned off the upright and fell to safety.

Ten minutes in to the second half and City were reduced to ten men. Bright Enobakhare, who was already on a booking, was cautioned by the referee and saw red.

Burton restored their lead on the hour mark thanks to a volley from Jamie Allen. Burge’s clearance fell to the Brewers midfielder and he lashed in a volley from the edge of the area to restore the visitors lead.

Scott Fraser stung the palms of Burge with 20 minutes remaining. The Burton Midfielder received a pass from Akins and let fly from range, but his effort was beaten away by the City keeper.

The Sky Blues were pressing forward searching for an equaliser and were almost hit on the counter by Burton. Liam Boyce broke forward and crossed for Akins, but his first-time effort went wide.

Brandon Mason had a chance to pull City level in the 82nd minute but Collins denied him. The left back beat two men before playing a smart one-two with Jordy Hiwula, but his shot lacked the power to beat the goalkeeper.

Hiwula had the final chance for City in stoppage time when Jack Grimmer’s deflected cross found the striker in the box, however his glancing header was off target.

Sky Blues XI: Lee Burge (GK), Dujon Sterling, Tom Davies, Jordan Willis, Brandon Mason (Grimmer 90’), Liam Kelly ©, Tom Bayliss, Luke Thomas, Jordy Hiwula, Bright Enobakhare, Amadou Bakayoko (Shipley 68’)

Unused Subs: Corey Addai (GK)Junior Brown, David Meyler, David Bremang, Jack Burroughs

Burton XI: Brad Collins (GK), John Brayford, Jake Buxton, Jamie Allen, Kyle McFadzean, Scott Fraser (Wallace 82’), Lucas Akins, David Templeton (Boyce 71’), Marcus Harness, Stephen Quinn, Colin Daniel

Unused Subs: Stephen Bywater (GK), Alex Bradley, Will Miller, Reece Hutchinson, Josh Clarke

Yellows: Enobakhare 36’ + 55’, Sterling 68’, Davies 79’, Harness 82’, Quinn 86’

Reds – Enobakhare 55’

Attendance: 11, 468 (562)

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