Preston North End vs Burton Albion
English League Championship
Date: Sunday, 6 May 2018
Kick-Off at 12:30 UK / 13:30 CET
Venue: Deepdale Stadium, Preston.
Preston North End host Burton Albion in one of many high-profile games at both ends of the table on Sunday. The hosts, who spent most of the season just outside the top six in the league standings, need a win exclusively here as well as Barnsley making an upset away at the sixth-placed Derby County to reach the playoffs.
The visitors will hope for the opposite result at iPro Stadium since a point here and Barnsley’s loss to Derby County would move them above the drop zone line. The fact the Brewers are still in the contest for the survival in the Championship is a huge achievement for Nigel Clough and his men who were in a hopeless position just weeks ago.
Preston North End vs Burton Albion: Head-to-head
This will only be the fourth ever head to head encounter between Preston North End and Burton Albion.
The hosts have been much more successful so farm winning two and drawing one of past three ties.
The Lilywhites took a narrow 1-2 victory in this term’s clash at Pirelli Stadium.
Preston North End vs Burton Albion: Prediction
Burton are on an amazing run of three straight wins in the Championship and Clough should not change the squad which brought him a comfortable 2-0 victory over fellow relegation strugglers Bolton Wanderers last weekend at Pirelli. Midfielders Hope Akpan and Lukas Akins scored goals for Burton eight days ago, while Liam Boyce was a constant threat in the final third.
The hosts, who won three and drew one of last four league matches, will have Tom Barkhuizen back in the squad for this one. They showed quite strong defensive displays in last two rounds keeping clean sheets against the likes of Norwich City and Sheffield United.
The quality is on Preston’s side without doubts, but you should be careful with the stakes given Burton’s impressive streak in the last couple of weeks. We do expect to witness a huge battle here and backing the Brewers not to lose by two or more goals looks like a good option at the odds of 1.53. Alternatively, we’ll look for the value in backing the Under 2.5 goals FT at the 2.10 odds.
Preston North End vs Burton Albion: Bet Tips
Burton Albion +1.5 handicap @ 1.53
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 2.10.