Burton Albion host Swindon Town with the Brewers looking to pull away from the relegation battle with a win


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Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s Brewers welcome John Sheridan’s Robins to the Pirelli Stadium with the fixture between the two crucial in terms of the relegation battle.

Burton Albion have had a rollercoaster of a season under ex-Brewers player Jake Buxton and then, following his sacking, in came ex-manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.

It looked certain that the Staffordshire side would be relegated down to the fourth tier, but in came the Dutchman on the 1st January and he has turned the season around for the Brewers.

Sitting bottom of League One on 13 points after 21 games, Hasselbaink needed to work some sort of miracle if he was to keep his beloved Burton Albion side in the third tier for another season.

A 5-1 defeat to Oxford United looked like the Brewers fairytale in League One would be over, but victories over Hull City, Peterborough United and Charlton Athletic proved that they still have what it takes to retain their place in the division.

After 37 matches they have made it up to 18th in the league with 42 points under their belt. Their opponents on Monday, Swindon Town, sit two places below them in 20th on 37 points.

The Robins are also hoping that they can keep their League One status intact as they are precariously lying only two points away from the relegation zone.

Promoted after winning League Two on points per game, Sheridan and co can only hope that they can get enough points in their final eight games with half of those fixtures against fellow relegation battlers.

Burton were able to get a point from their fixture on Good Friday as they travelled to Lancashire to face Accrington Stanley.

John Coleman’s side had 25 shots in 90 minutes but were unable to get through the Brewers defence and score past Ben Garratt as the visitors held on to a 0-0 draw which was needed after two defeats in the matches leading up to this one.

Swindon Town fell to defeat at the County Ground on Good Friday as Blackpool ran out emphatic 2-0 victors with the Tangerines looking to make a late surge for the Play-Offs.

Ellis Simms gave the Seasiders the lead in the 44th minute as the Robins’ resolute defending came to an end with the striker able to give his side a one-goal advantage as the first-half came to a close.

Blackpool’s top goalscorer Jerry Yates added his 16th goal of the League One season as he gave his side a 2-0 lead and the three points.

In the reverse fixture back in September, Swindon were victorious in a six-goal thriller at the County Ground. Jordan Stevens’ goal in the seventh minute put the Robins in good stead for the remainder of the match.

Brett Pitman and Mathieu Baudry scored within four minutes of each other to give the hosts a three-goal advantage. Five minutes before the end of the first-half, Stephen Quinn scored to give the Brewers a glimmer of hope that they could turn things around in the second 45 minutes.

Jonny Smith added onto the Robins’ 3-1 first-half lead and restored the three-goal cushion on the hour mark with Lucas Akins able to get one back in the 77th minute, but it was too little too late for the Brewers as Swindon ran out 4-2 victors.

The Brewers do pose a positive statistic as they have never been defeated by the Robins at the Pirelli Stadium in two attempts, running out 2-0 victors back in 2011 and 1-0 victors in 2015.

In three of the last five games between the two sides, the home side have been able to hold onto a clean sheet and not concede a goal.

This fixture is important for both sides as with a victory Burton could run away even further from the relegation dogfight, but with a Swindon win, they can slightly pull away and bring the Brewers back into the mix at the bottom of the table.

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