Crewe Alexandra vs Burton Albion preview: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch
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Burton Albion travel to The Alexandra Stadium to face Crewe Alexandra in a bid to make it six wins on the bounce. 

With Crewe sitting in 12th place, they are one of the teams lingering in and around the play-off places, sitting only four points off of the top six, with the Sky Bet League One being ever so close this season.

After beating the likes of Peterborough United and Hull City recently since Jimmy Floyd-Haselbaink came back to the club, the Brewers will be full of confidence ahead of the fixture. 

However, after The Railwaymen beat fifth-place Doncaster Rovers midweek, they'll be itching to make it back to back home wins. 

  • Team news

The hosts are still without Oliver Finney and Luke Offord, which remain the only injuries. Finney suffered a broken leg last month against Shrewsbury after a horror tackle. Meanwhile, Offord has been out since mid-January with a hamstring problem.

David Artell will hope to welcome back Callum Ainley, who has recently returned to training after an injury, he also played for the U23's last week and has recovered well. He could see a return to the squad. 

On the other hand, Burton have no fresh injury concerns, and they have a full squad to choose from, other than long term absentee Kieran Wallace, who is suffering from an ACL injury. 

  • Predicted lineups

Crewe Alexandra (4-4-2)

Richards; Pickering, Wood, Beckles, Daniels; Kirk, Wintle, Murphy, Lowery; Porter, Mandron.

Burton Albion (4-2-3-1)

Garratt; Brayford, Carter, Bostwick, Hamer; Edwards, Mancienne; Smith, Rowe, Akins; Hemmings.

  • Ones To watch

Charlie Kirk - Crewe

Charlie Kirk has been at Crewe since he was a child; coming through the ranks and making his senior debut for the club at 17.

The pacy winger has been involved in 12 goals this season, scoring six and assisting six.

Being a local lad, he is a fan favourite and one of Alex's most important players. His height and flare, mixed with his speed, will certainly cause problems for the Burton full-backs. Kirk can switch sides, allowing him to play a big part in the game. 

Michael Bostwick - Burton

Michael Bostwick joined Burton at the start of this season and became a cult hero instantly. The 32-year-old comes from the district of Eltham in Southeast London.

Coming through Milwall's academy, he is the epitome of a 'no-nonsense centre half.' 

He has scored twice for the Brewers, most recently the winning goal against AFC Wimbledon in the week. 

His sheer power and resilience, not allowing the opposition a second on the ball, proves why he has come into the side, and not been taken out since.

Standing at 6'4, alongside his bulky build, he is a nightmare to play against for any attacker. A key reason in the recent revival of Burton's season. 

  • Previous meetings

The last time the two teams met was back in December at The Pirelli. Sam Hughes opened the scoring for the Brewers, but a late equaliser from Owen Dale cancelled out a back then rare Burton win. 

  •  How To watch 

Due to current restrictions in the UK, there will be no fans in attendance in Crewe. However, it is available to watch on iFollow where passes can be purchased via club websites. The kick-off is at 15:00 GMT.

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