Burton v Portsmouth: team news, predicted XIs, referee, key stats and form guides
Pompey head to Burton Albion tonight with both clubs winless in the division since August 17.
Back then the Blues beat Shrewsbury 1-0 to move to the top of the League One table.
On the same night the Brewers produced a similar scoreline to beat Sunderland and sit second behind Pompey in the standings on goal difference.
It’s been all change this then.
The Blues have picked up just three points from six games since – the exact same record as Burton, who have lost their past two games.
Here’s all you need to know heading into tonight’s 7.45pm kick-off.
Burton team news
Former Pompey triallist Ryan Leak could return to the Burton starting XI after missing the past four games because of a thigh injury.
The central defender was named on the bench for the Brewers’ 2-1 defeat at the hands of Lincoln on Saturday.
But with tonight’s hosts winless since beating Sunderland on August 17, manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink could once again freshen up his starting line-up.
Jacob Maddox (ankle) and Tom O'Connor (hamstring and Covid) could both return.
Meanwhile, Charlie Lakin is available after he missed the Imps defeat because of a one-match suspension.
Former Blues midfielder Bryn Morris made his first league start against Lincoln at the weekend but could give way.
Ben Garratt; John Brayford, Conor Shaughnessy, Ryan Leak, Thomas Hamer, Adedeji Oshilaja, Jacob Maddox, Jonny Smith, Tom O’Connor, Daniel Jebbison, Lucas Akins.Substitute: Ellery Balcombe, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Michael Bostwick. Charlie Lakin, Joe Powell, Harrison Chapman, Kane Hemmings.
Pompey team news
Connor Ogilivie is in the frame to feature against Burton at the Pirelli Stadium.
The left-sided defender has missed Pompey’s past three games after suffering a calf injury in the Hampshire Senior Cup win against Basingstoke.
But having returned to full training, he could give Danny Cowley a selection poser as he looks to play three at the back once again.
Midfielder Shaun Williams has operated on the left of that back three since it’s introduction against Plymouth last week.
But with four goals shipped since then, the head coach could look to tighten things up at the back and turn to Ogilvie.
Pompey have no new injuries following Saturday’s draw at Charlton.
Clark Robertson (thigh) remains out until Christmas.
Predicted line-up: Gavin Bazunu, Kieron Freeman, Sean Raggett, Shaun Williams, Mahlon Romeo, Ryan Tunnicliffe, Joe Morrell, Lee Brown, Marcus Harness, John Marquis, Ronan Curtis. Subs: Alex Bass, Connor Ogilvie, Louis Thompson, Miguel Azeez, Ellis Harrison, Reeco Hackett-Fairchild, George Hirst.
Matchday odds (Bet365)
1-0 15/2, 2-0 12/1, 2-1 10/1, 3-0 28/1, 3-1 22/1, 3-2 33/1
1-0 7/1, 2-0 11/1, 2-1 9/1, 3-0 25/1, 3-1 20/1, 3-2 33/1
0-0 8/1, 1-1 5/1, 2-2 14/1, 3-3 50/1
Key Stats (All competitions)
Record this season: P11 W3 D4 L4
League position: (15th – 12 points)
Top Scorer: Lucas Akins (2)
Top Assists: Jonny Smith (2)
Discipline: 17 yellow 2 red
Record this season: P11 W3 D4 L5
League position: (10th – 12 points)
Top Scorer: Ellis Harrison (3)
Top Assists: Ryan Tunnicliffe (3)
Discipline: 14 yellow, 1 red
L 2-1 Lincoln (H) – League One
L 2-0 Crewe (A) – League One
D 1-1 Gillingham (H) – League One
D 0-0 Bolton (A) – League One
L 2-1 MK Dons (H) – Papa John’s Trophy
D 2-2 Charlton (A) – League One
D 2-2 Plymouth (H) – League One
L 2-1 Cambridge United (H) – League One
L 1-0 MK Dons (A) – League One
L 5-2 AFC Wimbledon (A) – Papa John’s Trophy
Other fixtures (7.45pm kick-offs unless stated)
Cambridge United v Gillingham, Charlton Athletic v Bolton Wanderers, Ipswich Town v Doncaster Rovers, MK Dons v Fleetwood Town, Morecambe v Lincoln City, Oxford United v Accrington Stanley, Plymouth Argyle v Crewe Alexandra, Rotherham United v AFC Wimbledon, Shrewsbury Town v Wycombe Wanderers, Sunderland v Cheltenham Town, Wigan Athletic v Sheffield Wednesday.