Burton Albion vs Sunderland preview: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch
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Burton Albion will be looking to make it three wins on the bounce for the first time this season as they welcome Sunderland to the Pirelli Stadium this Saturday afternoon. 

The Brewers have picked up form recently after the parting of ways with Jake Buxton

Since the return of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, the Derbyshire side have won three out of four games played.

However, they do still sit bottom of the Sky Bet League One table,  but this run of form will give them great confidence they can survive the drop going into the final few months of the season. 

There's still a long way to go, but with a win against the Black Cats, Hasselbaink will see his side potentially move out of the relegation zone for the first time in what will feel an eternity for the Burton players. 

Meanwhile for the visitors, they could move into the play-off places in their bid to get back into the Sky Bet Championship

They come into the fixture off the back of an EFL Trophy victory midweek against League leaders Lincoln City, taking them into the final.

Sunderland haven't beat the Brewers in four years, the only time actually, in six attempts. They won 2-0 back in 2017.

Team news

The hosts have a full squad to choose from as there's no injuries ahead of the fixture, and after a second straight League One victory last Saturday, Burton could once again be unchanged here. 

Meanwhile, on the other hand, the Black Cats are facing a slight injury crisis, mainly in the central defence. 

Tom Flanagan and Jordan Willis are out alongside Denver Hume, all three important defenders for the away side. 

Joining them, Bailey Wright and Josh Scowen both went off with injuries midweek against Lincoln. Both are a doubt for the Burton match. Wright, the centre half was subbed at half time, whereas Scowen was taken off just after the hour with a hamstring issue, however Wright is the greater issue with Scowen potentially be fit to play.

This all means, Lee Johnson may be forced into playing the Versatile Luke O'Nien may be put into centre back, alongside Connor McLaughlin. Both, whom are not recognised centre backs. 

Predicted lineups

Burton (4-5-1)

Garrat; Brayford, Carter, Bostwick, Earl; Smith, Edwards, Clare, Broom, Parker; Akins.

Sunderland (4-2-3-1)

Burge; Power, O'Nien, McLaughlin, McFadzean; Leadbitter, Scowen; McGeady, O'Brien; Wyke, Gooch.

Ones to watch 

Lucas Akins - Burton

The very influential Lucas Akins will cause problems for Sunderlands make shift centre back pairing with his physical presence and poaching in the box.

The Brewers legend recently hit 300 appearances for his side, and will be hoping he can steer them to safety with some more important goals for the team.

He has netted seven times this season, however chances haven't often came around. 

He's certainly one of if not their most important player, and on his day can be a menace for opposition defenders. 

Charlie Wyke - Sunderland 

Charlie Wyke, has had incredible transformation in his Sunderland career this season.

The 28-year-old has scored 21 goals in all competitions, including a huge equaliser midweek against Lincoln, taking the tie to penalties. 

The former Carlisle United and Bradford City striker has proved to be a handful for defenders in almost every game he has played this season. 

When he signed for the Black Cats back in 2018, he was low in confidence, however this season he is far from that.

Previous meetings

When the sides met in December at The Stadium Of Light, the game ended in a 1-1 draw with Max Powers late header cancelling out a rare Burton away win after Charles Vernham opened the scoring on the hour mark. 

How to watch 

Due to the current national lockdown in the UK, there will be no fans in attendance at the Pirelli. This means the game is available on iFollow via both clubs websites, where passes can be purchased for £10.