Burton Albion vs Sunderland preview: How to watch, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch
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Burton Albion host Sunderland on Tuesday in the third match of the new League One season. 

Both sides hold 100% records coming into this bout, however at least one of them will have to end the night with that no longer being the case.

The Brewers will be playing their third game at home in the last seven days, after defeat to Oxford United in the Carabao Cup last Wednesday, and victory against Ipswich Town this past weekend.

Meanwhile, this match will be Sunderland's third straight away match.  

Jimmy Floyd Hasellbaink will be hopeful his side can beat the Black Cats at The Pirelli this time around, after defeat in this fixture last season. Although, the odds could be against them as Sunderland are bidding to make their best start to a league season for almost 100 years.

  • Team news

Burton look set to be without Deji Oshilaja who got injured during the Oxford game last week. 

Hasellbaink also has extra reinforcements at hand, after Michael Mancienne and Michael Bostwick returned to the bench at the weekend after some time out with injuries.

As for Lee Johnson's side, Luke O'Nien is in contention to return to the starting XI, after he missed the game at MK Dons with an illness. 

Club captain Corry Evans is set to miss the match in Staffordshire after he limped off in the 2-1 win over MK Dons on Saturday. 

The North East side are still without long term absentee's Arbenit Xhemajili and Jordan Willis, leaving them slightly short of fire power in the centre back spot.

  • Predicted lineups

Burton Albion: Garratt; Brayford, Shaughnessy, Leak, Hamer; Mancienne, O'Connor; Akins, Powell, Smith; Patrick. (4-2-3-1)

Sunderland: Burge; Winchester,Flanagan, Doyle, O'Nien; Pritchard, Neil; Gooch, Embleton, McGeady; Stewart. (4-2-3-1)

  • Ones to watch

Ben Garratt - Burton Albion

The Burton shot-stopper had yet another game to remember for the Brewers in their last match with Ipswich Town - saving a penalty from former Brewer Scott Fraser. In the end of it all, it was a match winning moment. 

This isn't the first time that Garratt has produced man of the match performances when saving a penalty. 

On his day, the 27-year-old is one of the finest goalkeepers in the league. 

With the top defence that Hasellbaink is putting together, Garratt could not be in safer hands with the back four infront of him. Making it even harder for teams to score past them.

Since the Dutchman rejoined Burton, the 1-0 and a clean sheet has been the 'trademark' scoreline, with huge helping hands from Garratt - pun not intended. 

Elliot Embleton - Sunderland

22-year-old Elliot Embleton from County Durham not far from Sunderland could finally be making the breakthrough at his boy-hood club. 

The attacking midfielder spent the second half of last season on loan at play-off winning Blackpool, where he played a huge part in their success. 

He scored his first goal for Sunderland this past weekend in the win over MK Dons, it will certainly not be the last. 

With his nimble footwork and quick dribbling combined with pace, he could be one of the standout players in League One this season. 

On his day, he could cause trouble and if he's in the mood against Burton then the Brewers back line could be in for a long night.

  • Previous meetings

Albion are without a win in two against Sunderland, however in the seven meetings between the two side, the Brewers have the upper hand winning three, only losing twice and drawing two times.

The last game between the two ended in a 3-0 win for Sunderland at The Pirelli back in February of this year.

  • How to watch

For those who are fortunate enough to attend the game at The Pirelli, it will be kicking off at 19:45 BST. However, if fans don't have a ticket, there won't be anywhere official to watch the. Fans can listen through local radio stations.

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