Burton Albion welcome Gillingham to the Pirelli Stadium this weekend, as they go head to head in League One.
Tom Pearce, Brewers Picks Predictor (@tompearce97)
This will be the 15th meeting between the two sides, with the first coming in the FA Cup in 2009, in which Gillingham came out 1-0 winners.
Burton have an alright recent record against The Gills, having gone unbeaten in their last three meetings.
That includes the reverse fixture, where Burton won 1-0, but how will Saturday’s game play out?
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It was a seven goal thriller last time out for Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s side as they beat Fleetwood 5-2 at home.
That was their first win in three and their third in six, picking up 11 points from a possible 18. They now find themselves in seventh place in the form table.
That win was their first in three games at home, with the previous two ending in a draw and a loss.
A goal in the last 10 minutes from Northampton saw Gillingham drop two points in a game that ended 2-2.
They have won just two of their last six games, accumulating eight points from 18. That means they currently sit in 14th place in the form table.
The last time The Gills played on the road, they beat promotion pushers, Peterborough in a 1-0 win.
Our Picks For Brewers Picks – Burton Albion v Gillingham
1. Will Burton Albion beat Gillingham? Yes
Gillingham away was Hasselbaink’s first game in charge when he sat back in the Burton hot seat and he’ll want to take all three points again.
The Brewers are in better form and Gillingham had lost the two away games prior to their win over Peterborough.
2. Will Kane Hemmings score? No
The forward scored two last time out against Fleetwood, with his first coming in the 85th minute.
They were his 14th and 15th goals of the season, with all 15 of them coming in the league.
He doesn’t have a great record against Gillingham, having failed to score in three appearances against them.
3. Will Burton Albion score in the second half? Yes
The Brewers scored three of their five goals in the closing 45 minutes in the win on Tuesday night.
It’s not a huge surprise either, as they have scored in the second half in 68% of their away games this campaign.
It won’t be easy, though, as Gillingham have conceded just 12 from 22. That’s an average of 0.55 goals against per second period on the road.
4. How many shots on target will Burton Albion have? 4+
Burton had 14 shots against Fleetwood in the week, scoring with all five of their shots that hit the target.
They have now tested opposition goalkeepers 154 times this season, which is an average of 3.5 shots on goal per game.
Meanwhile, Jack Bonham has started all but two of Gillingham’s league games between the sticks this campaign.
In those games he has faced 169 attempts on his goal, averaging 4.08 shots on target per 90 minutes.
5. Will Sean Clare assist a goal? No
Clare assisted one of Burton’s five goals against Fleetwood, registering his sixth of the season.
All of those have come in the league and his third for The Brewers. He has also set up a teammate for a goal on two occasions in six games.
He has only ever played against Gillingham on one occasion and he failed to register an assist that game.
6. How many corners will Burton Albion be awarded? 4+
The Brewers managed to win eight corners on Tuesday, meaning they have now won 204 of them this campaign.
From the 44 league games they have played, they have won four or more corners in 27 of them.
However, they last time these two met, back in January, Hasselbaink’s side won just the three corners.
- How many tackles will John Brayford make? 1
- How many saves will Burton Albion goalkeepers make? 3
- How many shots on target will Lucas Akins have? 0
- How many goals will Burton Albion concede? 1
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