Match Preview: Shrewsbury Town v Burton Albion

Tuesday evening could be judgement day for Sam Ricketts as Shrewsbury Town prepare for an early season ‘six pointer’ against Burton Albion.

Saturday’s
calamity stretched Shrewsbury’s straight loss record to four matches as
Peterborough ran riot.

Sam
Ricketts’ future as Town manager looks bleak, with fans continuing to urge the
board to act now.

However,
football is a strange game and one result could change the complexion of a
season.

There is a
sense that defeat to the Brewers – who are second from bottom in League One,
would spell the end of Ricketts’ tenure as Shrewsbury boss.

The former
Welsh international is desperate for a reaction from his depleted squad. Josh
Vela has added to the selection woes by his red card against Posh. The former
Bolton midfielder will serve a three-game suspension.

Injuries
continue to be a problem for Town. Goalkeeper Matija Sarkic (hamstring) and
Ryan Sears (ankle) are out.

Ex-Premier
League striker Leon Clarke and Matt Millar (both hamstring) are not thought to
be fit enough to feature against Burton.

Dave Edwards
is continuing his recovery from a stress fracture, but still needs to build
fitness and sharpness. Scott Golbourne (rib) and Rekeil Pyke (groin) are
unavailable.

Macedonian
shot stopper Daniel Iliev has a muscle injury, whilst Shaun Whalley remains
doubtful with a calf complaint.

There was a
glimmer of positive selection news that emanated from Saturday. Former
Nottingham Forest and Rangers striker Jason Cummings recovered from illness to
feature for 45 minutes during the 5-1 defeat.

Town’s last
home victory against Burton arrived in November 2014 thanks to Jean Louis
Akpa-Akpro’s only goal. Shrewsbury were actually unbeaten in the first seven
meetings between these sides, but have only won one of their last seven.

The visitors
are able to call upon Neal Eardley and Charles Vernam who both returned to the
squad for the 2-1 loss against Blackpool. Eardley missed two matches due to an
unspecified problem, whilst Vernam was absent for a month of action due to a
knee injury.

Full-back
Reece Hutchinson has not featured at all this season owing to a metatarsal
injury; but recently played 45 minutes in a practice game.

Kieran
Wallace continues to be unavailable as he is self-isolating after a family
member tested positive for coronavirus.

Jake Buxton
will be without defensive pair John Brayford and Michael Bostwick. Brayford has
a quad injury and Bostwick is recovering from a calf issue.

Possible Line Ups

Shrewsbury Town

1. Burgoyne, 18. Fossey, 2. Pierre, 24. Ebanks-Landell, 15. C. Daniels, 13. Zamburek, 25. High, 8. Norburn, 22. J. Daniels, 23. Udoh, 27. Pugh

Subs: 5. Williams, 16. Walker, 19. Barnett, 20. Tracey, 21. Gregory, 30. Caton, 35. Cummings

Burton Albion

1. O’Hara, 10. Akins, 21. O’Toole, 37. Hughes, 3. Daniel, 8. Powell, 7. Quinn, 11. Lawless, 18. Vernam, 9. Hemmings, 16. Vassilev

Subs: 4. Edwards, 12. Fox, 14. Varney, 23. Eardley, 25. Gilligan, 28. Sharman-Lowe, 35. Ennis

Other League
One Fixtures

AFC Wimbledon V Doncaster
Blackpool V Wigan
Bristol Rovers V Peterborough
Charlton V Fleetwood
Crewe V Gillingham
Hull P – P Accrington (COVID-19 concerns)
Lincoln V Portsmouth
Northampton V MK Dons
Oxford V Rochdale
Plymouth V Swindon
Ipswich V Sunderland

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