Burton v Burnley Carabao Cup preview
Last Updated: 25/09/18 7:51pm
Burton boss Nigel Clough is set to make a number of changes for his side's Carabao Cup clash with Burnley.
Jake Buxton and John Brayford are both pushing to return for Albion having not featured for a number of weeks due to injury. Kyle McFadzean is suspended while Devante Cole will also miss the match due to being cup-tied.
Clough also has goalkeeping issues with Brad Collins and Stephen Bywater both still injured and Harry Campbell struggling with a bout of flu.
Steven Defour is set to return to the Burnley side after almost nine months out due to injury. The Belgium international has not played for the Clarets since January after undergoing knee surgery.
But having successfully negotiated a behind-closed-doors friendly on Thursday, he has been added to the squad. Ben Gibson is definitely out as he faces a minor hernia operation, while boss Sean Dyche has stated his intention to shuffle his starting line-up.
This is only the third ever meeting between Burton Albion and Burnley - the Clarets have won both previous encounters, scoring nine goals across those games.
Burnley won their only previous League Cup match against Burton in August 2011, winning 6-3 at Turf Moor with Jay Rodriguez scoring four goals.
Of the 13 goals scored in games between Burton and Burnley, 12 of those goals have been scored in the 57th minute or later, including three in extra-time in their previous League Cup meeting.
Burton Albion are looking to reach the League Cup fourth round for the first time - they've lost in the third round on three previous occasions (2012-13, 2014-15 and 2017-18).
Burnley have lost three of their last four domestic cup ties against sides from League One or below, losing to Port Vale and Accrington Stanley in the League Cup and non-league Lincoln City in the FA Cup.
Nigel Clough has lost his three matches against Premier League opponents as Burton manager by an aggregate score of 1-11, losing to Liverpool (0-5) and Man Utd (1-4) in the League Cup and Watford (0-2) in the FA Cup.