Burton Albion vs Brighton and Hove Albion match preview: Capital One Cup

A look ahead to Wednesday’s Capital One Cup fixture at the Pirelli Stadium

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Burton Albion were leapfrogged by Bury at the top of League Two on Saturday after the Shakers’ convincing 3-1 victory at Gigg Lane.

Now currently sitting second in the bottom tier, the Brewers have also already mastered two major upsets by defeating Championship side Wigan Athletic in the opening League Cup tie, and Premier League outfit Queens Park Rangers in the previous round.

Forwards Lucas Akins and Adam McGurk are doubts for Gary Rowett’s side, meanwhile Lee Bell, Jimmy Phillips and Damien McCrory are still ruled out.

Brighton and Hove Albion have been on something of a slump recently under boss Sami Hypia, failing to win in their last four league games, seeing them slip down to 18 in the Championship after Saturday’s goalless draw at home to struggling Blackpool.

The Seagulls have won just twice this season, league victories over Bolton Wanderers and Leeds United, with Brighton fighting off Cheltenham Town 2-0 and Swindon Town 4-2 in the League Cup to reach the third round.

Former Liverpool defender Hypia is set to wring the changes for their visit to Burton, with Rohan Ince, Aaron Hughes, Inigo Calderon and Adam Chicksen all likely to feature.

KICK-OFF: Wednesday, 7.45pm

PAST THREE MEETINGS…

Burton Albion and Brighton and Hove Albion have never played a competitive match against each other.

STATS…

Wednesday’s match at the Pirelli Stadium will be the first-ever competitive meeting between the two clubs

Burton Albion have never reached the fourth round of the League Cup.

The Brewers have scored two or more goals in seven of their last eight League Cup games.

Their second round 1-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers was their first-ever clean sheet in the League Cup.

Brighton and Hove Albion haven’t reached the fourth round of the League Cup since 1979, 35 years ago when they defeated Northampton Town 1-0 in the third round.

ODDS…

Burton Albion to win: 3.25

Brighton and Hove Albion to win: 2.05

Draw: 3.4

TV: Highlights on BBC 1 from 11.05pm on Wednesday.

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