Burton v Brentford preview
Last Updated: 05/03/18 7:21pm
Tom Flanagan is fit for Burton's Sky Bet Championship game against Brentford after recovering from a calf injury.
The defender returns to boost Nigel Clough's options at the back after a month on the sidelines, but John Brayford and Ben Turner (both calf) remain absent. Forward Marvin Sordell is available after shaking off illness and a sore toe, but Hope Akpan is doubtful after twisting his ankle in training.
Midfielder Luke Murphy returns to the squad after missing the last month with a gashed shin picked up in the defeat at Aston Villa.
Brentford are expected to welcome back midfielder Nico Yennaris for the trip to the Pirelli Stadium. Yennaris missed the win at Sunderland due to personal reasons and played no part in last week's games against Birmingham and Leeds due to illness, but has returned to the squad.
Sergi Canos is pressing for a start after returning as a substitute in the defeat at Leeds having served a three-match ban. Lewis Macleod has returned to full training following injury and Josh McEachran is available after recovering from a blow to the ribs, but Rico Henry (knee) is still out.
Burton Albion have never beaten Brentford in the Football League (D1 L2).
The Bees' only previous league trip to Pirelli Stadium was last season - they won 5-3, just the third time they'd scored five in an away game in the second tier of English football.
Nigel Clough's only win against Brentford in his management career was in August 2013 - his Derby team won 5-0 in a League Cup game at Pride Park.
Brentford have not lost back to back away league games since August 2017.
Burton have lost 12 home Championship matches this season, three more than any other side.
The Bees have had 603 shots in the Championship this season (117 more than any other team) while Burton have had 286 shots (66 fewer than anyone else).
For Burton, it's very much a case of as it was last season - clinging on to their Championship status. As long as they get that then again it's a very successful season. I think Nigel Clough called it 'miraculous' last time. They are currently in 23rd and Brentford are 10th, nicely nestled in the middle of the table.
Are the Bees going to make a late surge for the playoffs? They are seven points off and with a game in hand there's still a chance. I think they'll be a tough proposition as they will still have designs on the top-six.
Prutton predicts: 0-1 (13/2 with Sky Bet)