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Match Preview – Burton Alb vs Accrington

Last Updated: 22/03/19 10:06am

Burton manager Nigel Clough will be forced into a change for the visit of Accrington as Liam Boyce is away on international duty.

The Brewers boss changed his formation last week to accommodate the Northern Ireland striker in a front two and was rewarded with a goal from both his forwards in a 3-0 win over Blackpool, but will have to find a replacement this weekend.

However, Kieran Wallace and Will Miller will hope to retain their places after being drafted into the new-look line-up. Scott Fraser could get a recall after being on the bench last weekend while Ben Fox (hamstring) is working his way back to fitness.

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Accrington goalkeeper Dimitar Evtimov and striker Paul Smyth are absent as they are on international duty with Bulgaria and Northern Ireland respectively. Midfielder Seamus Conneely, out since mid-February with a groin problem, played 30 minutes for the youth team in midweek and is set to return to the squad.

Liam Gibson has missed the last two matches and a setback in training means he will not feature. Ross Sykes is also not ready to return after five weeks out with a groin injury.

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Highlights of the Sky Bet League One match between Burton Albion and Blackpool.

Highlights of the Sky Bet League One match between Burton Albion and Blackpool.

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Burton Albion have won their last three home league matches against Accrington, though this is their first meeting since March 2015 at the Pirelli Stadium.

Accrington have won one of their last seven league meetings with Burton (D2 L4), winning 1-0 in February 2015.

Following their 3-0 victory against Blackpool last time out, Burton will be aiming to win back to back home league games for the first time in 2019, whilst the last time they kept three consecutive clean sheets on home soil came back in November 2016.

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Highlights of the Sky Bet League One match between Wycombe Wanderers and Accrington Stanley.

Highlights of the Sky Bet League One match between Wycombe Wanderers and Accrington Stanley.

Having beaten Wycombe Wanderers 3-1 last weekend, Accrington will be looking to secure back to back league victories for the first time in 2019, having won just two of their 12 League One matches since the turn of the year.

Lucas Akins has been involved in three of Burton’s last four goals at the Pirelli Stadium (2 goals, 1 assist).

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