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MATCH PREVIEW: BURTON ALBION (A)

5 April 2021

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Swindon Town will spend their Easter Monday away at Jimmy Floyd-Hasselbaink’s revived Burton Albion side.

The Reds suffered a frustrating set-back on Good Friday, falling to a 2-0 defeat courtesy of goals either side of half-time by Blackpool’s Ellis Sims and former Town forward Jerry Yates.

The journey to the Pirelli Stadium will also be the second match in three days, in what has been a fast and furious Easter period.

Town are still treading water with their heads just above the dreaded dotted line; however, they are only one point clear of the relegation zone.

In this stage of the season every point is crucial, and The Town will be hoping for a similar display the last time Burton Albion and Swindon met.

In the reverse fixture at The County Ground, all the way back on the 26th September, Town ran out 4-2 winners, in an end-to-end, exciting goal fest.

However, both sides now boast completely different teams and managers, so this contest is truly anyone’s game.

The Opposition:

Since returning to the The Brewers’ dugout on New Year’s Day, Hasselbaink has overseen a magnificent recovery which saw him win eight out of his first ten matches in charge.

Before the Dutchman’s return, Albion were rock bottom of the table, but they have since propelled themselves to 18th position and are in an excellent position to maintain their League One status.

While results have unquestionably improved under the former Chelsea striker, they have endured a sticky patch where they have not won in four League matches.

1-1 and 0-0 away draws to Blackpool and Accrington Stanley sandwich back-to-back 2-1 home defeats to MK Dons and Shrewsbury in what has been a frustrating spell for Hasselbaink’s side.

Albion have proved themselves to be a very dangerous side, with number nine Kane Hemmings leading the line and finding the back of the net on 13 occasions this season.

He is also afforded excellent delivery and service from a fluid attacking midfield tripartite of Lucas Akins, Joe Powell and Jonny Smith who are all dangerous in their own ways.

The Dutchman has also done an impressive job on their defence, who have proved to be more than adept at the back on multiple occasions this season.

This will be an extremely tight and tough contest at The Pirelli Stadium, with both sides fighting for their lives.

How to watch:

The match will be available to live stream on iFollow STFC for a fee of £10 to those who do not have a Season Ticket.


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