Burton Albion host Bristol Rovers at the Pirelli Stadium on Saturday with both sides in great form. The hosts dominate the recent head to head record, however in this exact fixture last season, the visitors won 4-0.
The Brewers had a poor start to the campaign but Dino Maamria has successfully turned the season around over the last month. In the last six matches, Burton are unbeaten and have picked up 14 points, which is 88% of their total point tally. They are in 13th place thanks to this run. The Brewers average less than a goal scored per game, but luckily for them, their home record is superior.
Last time out, Burton won their third game in a row, as they overcame Lincoln 1-0. The Brewers were almost handed the win by the hosts, as they got a man sent off and converted into their own goal in the space of three minutes. Other than the five minutes of madness, the game was rather dull.
The Pirates have found consistency difficult to come by this season and they currently sit in 15th place having played 11 matches. Bristol Rovers have scored an average of 1.45 goals per game which is above the average in League One and they’ve only failed to score twice all campaign. At the back, they’ve shipped 1.15 goals per game on average which highlights that Joey Barton’s side are relatively strong at both ends of the field.
Bristol Rovers suffered a 2-1 defeat away to Oxford United in their most recent match. The game was pure entertainment as we witnessed three goals and nine cards, three of which were red. The hosts scored early on and just after the hour mark, Jevani Brown was sent off for a second yellow. With the numerical advantage, Oxford doubled their lead, yet the Pirates bounced back ten minutes later with nine minutes to go. The game became heated and Oxford had two men sent off prior to the final whistle.
With both teams in great form, we should be in for an exciting match. Confidence and morale will be high, and we should see goals. Both teams scoring is likely.
The final prediction is Burton 1-1 Bristol Rovers.