Burton Albion face Oxford United at the Kassam Stadium this weekend as they go head to head in League One.
Tom Pearce, Brewers Picks Predictor (@tompearce97)
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink will be hoping to finish the season on a high, whereas Oxford could still make the playoffs with a win.
This will be the 17th meeting between the two sides, with the first coming in 2010 in a game that ended 0-0.
The Brewers have come out on top against The Yellows on six occasions, whilst losing four times.
That includes the reverse fixture in which Oxford ran out 5-1 winners, but how will Sunday’s game play out?
Burton Albion Form
A Ryan Broom goal in the dying embers of the game saw Burton draw 1-1 at home to Gillingham last time out.
They have won just two of their last six games, picking up nine points from a possible 18. They now find themselves in 11th in the form table.
Burton have been excellent on the road since Hasselbaink took over, though, and haven’t lost an away game under him this campaign.
Oxford United Form
Dan Agyei claimed all three points for Oxford with a goal in the final five minutes, as they beat Shrewsbury 3-2 away from home.
They have now won five of their last six games, accumulating 15 points from 18. That means they currently sit in second place in the form table.
Karl Robinson’s side have also won their last three games at the Kassam Stadium, whilst losing just two of their last seven at home.
Our Picks For Brewers Picks – Oxford United v Burton Albion
1. Will Burton Albion beat Oxford United? No
The Brewers have been excellent on the road since Hasselbaink retook control, yet it won’t be an easy game on Saturday.
With Burton’s season already essentially over and with Oxford still having the play-offs to play for, there’s a chance that The U’s will take all three points.
2. Will Joe Powell assist a goal? No
The midfielder has started in 49% of Burton’s games this campaign, however, he has been named in the starting XI in each of The Brewers last three games.
He has 10 assists to his name this season, with all but one of them coming in league games.
He doesn’t have the best record against Oxford, having failed to register an assist in two games against them.
3. How many goals will Burton Albion score? 1
Burton have a very good goal-scoring record on the road this campaign, having failed to score in just 14% of their games.
It wouldn’t be a surprise to see them score exactly one either, as they have done that in half of their away matches this season.
Meanwhile, with eight clean sheets and 21 goals conceded from 22, Oxford are currently averaging 0.95 goals against per home game.
4. How many shots on target will Burton Albion have? 3
Hasselbaink’s side had 16 shots against Gillignham, however, they tested Jack Bonham with just two of them.
They have now hit the target 157 times this campaign, which is an average of 3.49 shots on goal per game.
Jack Stevens has been Oxford’s usual go-to man between the sticks however, Simon Eastwood has stepped in for him on 12 occasions.
Between them, they have faced 152 attempts on their goal. That’s an average of 3.37 shots on target against per game.
5. Will Kane Hemmings score? No
Hemming’s has 15 goals from 41 appearances this season, with all of them coming in League One.
He hasn’t scored many in recent games, though, finding the net just twice in his last 12 league appearances.
The forward does technically have a good record against Oxford, scoring one goal from one game against them.
6. How many corners will Burton Albion be awarded? 4+
The Brewers won seven corners last time out, meaning they have won 211 of them this campaign. That’s an average of 4.68 awarded per game.
From the 45 league games that Hasselbaink’s side have played, they have won four or more corners in 27 of them.
As well as that, Burton were awarded five corners in the reverse fixture back in January.
- How many tackles will Hayden Carter make? 1
- How many saves will Burton Albion goalkeepers make? 2
- How many shots on target will Sean Clare have? 0
- How many goals will Burton Albion concede? 2
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