Burton Albion v Bristol City

Nigel Clough

Nigel Clough will lead Burton Albion in their first ever home match in English football’s second tier

BBC coverage

How to follow:
BBC Radio Derby, BBC Radio Bristol; live text commentary on the BBC Sport website

Burton Albion manager Nigel Clough is expected to make a number of changes for the club’s first ever Championship fixture at the Pirelli Stadium.

The Brewers, who rested eight players for Wednesday’s EFL Cup win over Bury, could hand a league debut to record signing Jackson Irvine.

Bristol City will monitor the fitness of Callum O’Dowda, who went off during the opening day win over Wigan.

Loanee Tammy Abraham could start after scoring in City’s first two matches.


BBC Radio Derby’s Joe Shennan: “Burton are looking to finish an extraordinary week on a high in their first Championship game at the Pirelli Stadium.

“The thrilling 4-3 defeat at Nottingham Forest on the opening day was followed by a win after extra time against Bury in the first round of the EFL Cup on Wednesday night that appeared to be of mere routine significance.

“But excitement in East Staffordshire has now reached fever pitch after the second-round draw paired the Brewers with Liverpool.

“With the game against Bristol City being the first of successive home league matches, Nigel Clough knows it is important to get points on the board sooner rather than later.”

BBC Radio Bristol’s Richard Hoskin: “Bristol City will be pleased with their start to the season, deservedly beating Wigan before overcoming Wycombe in a cup competition they traditionally struggle in.

“Tammy Abraham has made an instant impression, scoring two goals in two games, and it’ll be interesting to see if Lee Johnson starts him this weekend – while Jonathan Kodjia will be keen to score his first goal of the season too.

“With tough fixtures against Norwich, Newcastle and Aston Villa coming up in August – this will be a game supporters will be hoping to win.”

Match facts

  • Burton manager Nigel Clough has won five of his seven home games as a manager against Bristol City.
  • The Brewers ended last season with nine unbeaten home league games (won four, drawn five), while Bristol City won four of their last nine away league games (drawn two, lost three).
  • Burton faced fewer shots on target in home games (54) than any other League One side last season, conceding just 16 goals.

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