A look at Burton Albion, team news and the Sky Bet League One promotion permutations ahead of Tuesday night’s game at the Pirelli Stadium.
- Latics travel to Burton Albion on Tuesday 19th April, kick-off 7.45pm.
- Burton winless in five whilst Latics suffered their first defeat in 21 games at Doncaster last time out.
- A win for Latics on Tuesday takes them to within one win over promotion to the Sky Bet Championship.
Latics head to fellow promotion chasers Burton Albion on Tuesday night in a decisive battle in the Sky Bet League One promotion race.
Both sides failed to win on Saturday whilst third place Walsall defeated Southend United to crank up the pressure on Tuesday’s game, with the Saddlers hot on the tails of both the Brewers and Latics.
Burton’s current form has brought the 2015-16 season’s pace-setters back into a fight to secure promotion to the Championship after they looked a certainty a month ago when they led the way by six points after a 4-0 win at Port Vale.
The Brewers are without a win in five games, a run that is their longest without victory in almost three years.
It is in front of goal that Nigel Clough has seen his side struggle most; they’ve scored just once in five games and only Bradford (48) have scored fewer than the Brewers’ 51 in League One this season.
Gary Caldwell’s side have the points advantage and their fate in their own hands; a win on Tuesday would mean one win from their following three games would be enough to secure promotion with their far superior goal difference to Burton acting as an extra point.
However, defeat for Latics in Derbyshire would see Burton draw level on points with three games to go whilst Walsall could close the gap on Caldwell’s men to just three points should they defeat Swindon Town, and Jon Whitney’s side still have a game extra to play.
Back-to-back victories have given Walsall's automatic promotion hopes renewed energy.
Bradford remain in the automatic promotion race, though Latics can’t be caught by the Bantams if they record three more points from their final four games.
Like Saturday, nothing can be decided in the League One promotion race but come 9.45pm Latics could have one foot in the Championship with victory.
ELSEWHERE IN LEAGUE ONE
If Colchester United lose at Crewe Alexandra, they will join the Alex in League Two next season.
If the U’s draw at the Alexandra Stadium, they would need one of Shrewsbury Town or Fleetwood Town to lose to keep their slim survival hopes alive whilst a win would mean Kevin Keen’s side would live to fight another day for their League One status.
Only Latics are currently guaranteed a play-off place, but Burton would secure their spot in the top six with a win, whilst Walsall would join Latics and the Brewers should they win and Barnsley fail to beat Peterborough United.
Nothing else can be confirmed for the top six, though Bradford would all but secure their spot with a win should Barnsley fail to beat Posh and Rochdale fail to beat Gillingham at home.
BURTON IN 2015/16 SO FAR
Captain Craig Morgan was back on the bench for Latics at the weekend and could return to the starting XI.
Midfielder David Perkins will serve his one match ban after being sent off at Doncaster.
Burton have recalled midfielder Matt Palmer from his loan spell at Oldham Athletic and he played in Saturday’s 0-0 draw against Barnsley.
Damien McCrory (hamstring) could miss out again for the Brewers.
There haven’t been many meetings at a professional level between the two sides; in competitive matches the record has seen the Brewers win both matches.
Their first win came in the 2013-14 campaign as Latics lost 2-1 at the Pirelli Stadium in the Capital One Cup before Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s side won the reverse fixture 1-0 back in November of this season thanks to El Khayati’s 74th minute strike.
Highlights of the reverse fixture in November: