Plymouth have the chance to move to the top of League One on Saturday when they face Burton Albion at Home Park. The home side have made an impressive start to the season with the Pilgrims sitting third in the table currently behind Wigan Athletic and Sunderland.
However, Ryan Lowe’s men haven’t won in their last two games with back-to-back draws against Lincoln and Crewe, so will be looking to return to winning ways against Burton on Saturday.
Plymouth will be looking to call on in form striker Ryan Hardie who has so far scored 8 goals in 11 games for the side from Devon. Hardie found the net in Plymouth’s last match away at the LNER stadium in a 2-2 draw against Lincoln and will be looking to add to his goal tally in front of a lively Home Park on Saturday.
Burton have no new injury concerns ahead of the trip with Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink looking for a response from his men after a 4-2 defeat in the EFL Trophy in midweek to Aston Villa U21s.
The Brewers currently sit ninth in the table and a win at Home Park could see them rise to seventh, just outside the play off places. Burton have endured a mixed start to the season with four wins and three defeats leaving them on 16 points. Burton haven’t won since a 2-1 victory against Portsmouth at the end of September so facing Plymouth has not come at the best time for the Brewers.
Burton manager Hasselbaink spoke to the media today ahead of the game and has called on his players to deliver at difficult moments on Saturday. “It’s also a mental game. We know they’ve got talent and they must deliver in difficult moments”. Hasselbaink was also full of praise for the opposition and their style of play saying “They are a real force and it’s a tough place to go”
In the previous meeting between the sides, the tie finished 1-1 with Ryan Broom scoring a stoppage time equalizer for Burton in April of last season.