MATCH PREVIEW: Burton Albion v Bristol Rovers

GasCast Match Previews by Simon Gray

Bristol Rovers will be looking to extend the gap between them and those below them as they take a trip to Burton this week.

Rovers were triumphant over Shrewsbury last time out and the 2-1 win helped them climb out of the bottom four and a win at the Pirelli Stadium would extend the gap between them and their opponents to five points.

Rovers could be without goalkeeper Joe Day for the clash after the Cardiff loanee caught a boot to the face making a save late on in the win. If Day was to be deemed unfit then manager Joey Barton may call upon Jordi Van Stappershoef to deputise.

The Dutchman came on to make a crucial save to ensure Rovers came away with three points and Barton applauded his squad’s mentality.

“We said to the lads when we came in that if we’re going to get the job done, if we’re going to climb Everest and get the club where we need to get it, everyone’s going to be involved,” Barton told BristolLive.

“That’s the sense of team spirit you’ve got to build.

“It’s not just about the 11, you see over the course of a 46-game campaign everyone has to be involved, whether it’s for one minute or for every single game.

“You have to perform and credit to Jordi. He’s had a bit of a tough period. His girlfriend’s grandfather passed away recently, and being here he has not been able to do what you normally would do had there not been a pandemic.

“I’m really pleased for him, delighted, and the lads gave him a massive round of applause in the dressing room.

“You’re a goalkeeper, you could be thinking it’s 90 minutes and I won’t be called upon, but it shows his mental state how he was ready to come on and make that save.

“If they scored that goal, it would’ve been daylight robbery. Let’s be honest, they didn’t deserve it. They got dominated for 91 minutes and credit to them, they kept knocking on the door.

“That will do our confidence the world of good.”

Further injury news for the Gas is that Alex Rodman is set to be fit to play however he may have a bandage on his head. Rodman played a full 90 despite being caught in the face in the first half of the win over Shrewsbury.

Burton go into the game having had a resurgent run under new boss Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink that has seen them rise from relegation certainty to a team that looks very capable of survival.

The Brewers are third in the form table going into the game having gained 12 points from a possible 18.

Burton boosted their chances of survival once again with a win over fellow strugglers Rochdale at the weekend with Lucas Akins and substitute Kane Hemmings grabbing the goals and manager Hasselbaink praised his side’s performance, especially those who came off the bench.

“It’s always good to have a good bench to change the game,” Hasselbaink told the club’s website.

“Kane came in, with, I must say, Joe Powell, and they changed the game for the good. In the second half we were more comfortable.

“If I look at the work that my goalkeeper (Ben Garratt) has done today, he’s had nothing to save – if you look at theirs, he has made a couple of saves and we’ve scored two goals.

“In the second half we were the better team, got our two goals and I think overall it was a deserved three points.”

Team news for Burton is that ex-Rovers academy graduate Ryan Broom could feature against his former club. Kane Hemmings and Joe Powell could start after impressing from the bench.

Lineup Predictions:

Burton Albion Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Garratt (GK), Brayford , Edwards, Bostwick, Akins, Smith, Carter, Clare, Hemmings, Hamer, Powell. 

Bristol Rovers Predicted XI (3-4-3):

Score Predictions:

Jack: Burton 1-2 The Gas

Max: Burton 1-1 The Gas

Simon: Burton 2-2 The Gas