Burton Albion vs Shrewsbury Town preview: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch
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Burton Albion have their second home game in a row as they welcome Shrewsbury Town to The Pirelli. 

The sides come into the game with only two points between them, and both have enjoyed fruitful spells since the turn of the year.

After Jimmy Floyd Haselbaink took Burton on an amazing run of seven games unbeaten, that did come to an end this past weekend after a defeat to MK Dons.

Meanwhile, the visitors are three games without a loss, including a huge point at home to league leaders Hull City last time out. 

  • Team news

The Brewers will be hopeful that no-nonsense defender Michael Bostwick will be available for selection again after three games out, he's been a great miss to Haselbaink's side over the last couple of weeks.

They could also see Danny Rowe return to the squad, however, it may be too soon for the midfielder,  a risk that the boss might not want to take.

On the other hand, The Shrews will be forced into multiple alterations as goalkeeper Matija Sarkic is away with the Montenegro national team and Brad Walker also suffered an injury at the weekend against Hull. 

This means Harry Burgoyne will take his spot back in goal after not featuring for some time, with Wolves loanee Sarkic taking his place.

  • Predicted lineups

Burton Albion (4-2-3-1) 

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

Shrewsbury Town (3-5-2)

Burgoyne; Pennington, Williams, Ebanks-Landell; Ogbeta, Vela, Norburn, Walker, Daniels; Udoh, Whalley.

  • One to watch 

John Brayford - Burton Albion

John Brayford started his career at Burton, and has never been too far from his home county of Staffordshire. And now at the age of 33, and the club captain, it is likely he will finish his career there.

Brayford has had links with Nigel Clough at three different clubs over his career, a merely inseparable bond, and Clough is the reason that the right-back is still at Burton, a great relationship with the fans also.

He has been influential for the Brewers since Haselbaink came back in and always gives 110% when he plays.

Strong, fast and agile, a hard defender to beat on any day.

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  • Previous meetings

The last time the sides met was all the way back in November, it finished in a 1-1 draw with Kane Hemmings' opener for the Brewers being cancelled out by a 98th minute last gasp equaliser for Steve Cotterils side.

  • How to watch

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