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Big Match Preview: Burton Albion home

City will be looking to extend their unbeaten run in all competitions to 12 matches tonight when Burton Albion visit BS3, in what is just the third fixture between the clubs in their history.

The Brewers arrive at Ashton Gate fresh from a warm-weather training camp in Marbella and will hope to bounce back from their successive 4-0 defeats in the Sky Bet Championship.

Here’s a look at tonight’s opponents.

FACTFILE

Formed: 1950
Nickname: Brewers
Website: www.burtonalbionfc.co.uk
Twitter: @burtonalbionfc
Ground: Pirelli Stadium
Capacity: 6,912

Honours:
League Two: 2014/15
Conference: 2008/09
Northern Premier League: 2001/02
Southern League Cup: 1963–64, 1996–97, 1999–2000
FA Trophy: Runners up in 1986/87

Last season:
League finish:
20th
FA Cup: Third round, lost 2-0 (A) to Watford
EFL Cup: Second round, lost 5-0 (H) to Liverpool
Top scorer: Jackson Irvine, 10 goals
Average attendance: 5,227

HOW DID THEY GET HERE?

The Brewers have certainly turned heads in recent years after their sudden rise up the Football League.

Burton Albion enjoyed League Two success in the 2014/15 season before earning a spot in the Championship the following year.

But life in England’s second tier has not been plain sailing for today’s visitors, who finished 20th in the league last year and who have won just twice all season.

They have also scored just six goals in the Championship this term; only Bolton have fared worse with four goals so far.

And after back-to-back 4-0 defeats, Nigel Clough’s side will be hoping for a much-needed response against City at Ashton Gate tonight.

Nigel Clough is enjoying his second spell in charge of the Brewers

MEET THE GAFFER – NIGEL CLOUGH

The 51-year-old is enjoying a second managerial spell at Burton Albion, following a decade-long player-manager career (1998-2008) with the Brewers.

He also notched 131 goals for Nottingham Forest, as well as appearing for the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool and England.

The son of the late Brian Clough led today’s visitors to League One success en route to the Championship, where his side are now in their second-consecutive season.

Clough went on to manage Derby County for four years and Sheffield United, before his return to the Pirelli Stadium in December 2015.

Kyle McFadzean in action against former City player Jonathan Kodjia

STAR MAN – KYLE MCFADZEAN

The defender was tipped to sign for The Robins in 2013, when he played for Crawley Town.

Then City manager Sean O'Driscoll said he was “looking to get him through the door as quickly as possible” but no move could be agreed.

Now the Burton Albion man heads to Ashton Gate after a flurry of strong performances this season, despite his side’s poor form.

As well as his Crawley Town days, the 30-year-old Sheffield-born defender enjoyed spells with Alfreton Town and Milton Keynes Dons before signing for Burton last year.

City's players and fans celebrate Tammy Abraham's last-gasp winner

MEMORABLE MEETING 2016/17

Burton Albion 1-2 Bristol City

Bristol City had won their opening three matches for the first time since 2001, following league and EFL Cup victories over Wigan and Wycombe, and sit top of the early Championship table - albeit by alphabetical order.

There was an air of controversy over Abraham's opening goal, with Brewers' players claiming the ball had hit Callum O'Dowda's hand before the Chelsea loanee hooked in from close range just before half-time.

Tom Naylor looked like he had earned a point for the home side when he netted two minutes from time, smashing Stuart Beavon's cross into an unguarded goal at the far post.

However, that wasn't the end of the drama.

Abraham snatched a dramatic 95th-minute winner, largely down to the brilliance of Ivory Coast international Kodjia.

The fellow frontman robbed Jackson Irvine of possession before bursting down the wing and finding the onrushing Abraham to bundle home, making City’s first visit to the Pirelli Stadium one to remember.

Burton Albion: McLaughlin, Flanagan (Beavon), Mousinho, McFadzean, Turner, Dyer, Palmer, Williamson (Naylor), Irvine, O’Grady, Akins. Subs not used: Butcher, Bywater, McCrory, Choudhury.

City: O’Donnell, Little, Flint, Magnusson, Bryan, Tomlin (Wilbraham), O’Neil, Brownhill (Reid), O’Dowda (Pack), Kodjia, Abraham. Subs not used: O’Leary, Golbourne, Freeman, Matthews.

Attendance: 4,579

AND FINALLY...

Officials
James Linington
Robert Merchant and Lee Venamore
Fourth Official: Simon Hooper

Betting (via SkyBet)
City 2/5
Draw 18/5
City 13/2

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