Fleetwood Town face Burton Albion on Saturday 12 September at Highbury Stadium in the opening weekend of the Sky Bet League One season, and we have all you need to know ahead of the 3pm kick-off in our match preview.
Fixture: Fleetwood Town v Burton Albion
Competition: Sky Bet League One
Date: Saturday 12 September 2020
Venue: Highbury Stadium, Park Avenue, Fleetwood, FY7 6TX
Match officials: Martin Coy (Referee), Anthony Moore & Kevin Mulraine (Assistant Referees), Conor Brown (Fourth Official)
Fleetwood Town head into the opening weekend of the season on the back of two cups wins, in the EFL Trophy and Carabao Cup respectively.
The Cod Army started out September with an away trip to Carlisle United in the EFL Trophy, and they came away from Brunton Park 3-1 victors – thanks to goals from Callum Camps and a brace from Harvey Saunders.
Town’s latest fixture was against Wigan Athletic in the Carabao Cup, which they won 3-2 on the day. After going two goals down, a Ched Evans brace and another from Josh Morris saw Fleetwood earn their spot in the second round of the competition.
Burton have had a mixed start to the season, having won one of their opening two fixtures of the 2020/21 campaign.
They started off with a 1-1 draw against Accrington Stanley at the Pirelli Stadium after 90 minutes. The Carabao Cup tie then went to penalties, which they won 4-2 with Neal Eardley scoring the final spot-kick.
Soon after, they faced off against Peterborough United in the EFL Trophy, which finished 3-3 after 90 minutes – with Steven Lawless scoring the first and Joe Powell netting a brace afterwards. In the penalty shootout that followed four of their players converted but, Ciaran Gilligan’s penalty was stopped by Daniel Gyollai.
COACHES QUOTES AHEAD OF THE GAME – JOEY BARTON
Head coach Joey Barton sat down and answered all questions from the press on Thursday afternoon ahead of Fleetwood Town’s League One clash against Burton Albion.
On the opening league clash, he had this to say: “[Jake] Buxton has gone in there and he’ll be looking to enforce his principles. I know what a good side they are - I saw that they drew 3-3 against Peterborough in the EFL Trophy. We know what they’re like, Powell, Quinn, Bostwick, real senior campaigners in the midfield.
“Lucas Akins is there as well, who I think is a fantastic player as he has always caused problems when we’ve played against him. They’ve got some experience in the backline in Brayford and they’ve obviously brought in Eardley from Lincoln City, so we know it’ll be a real tough encounter.
“We want to give a good account of ourselves and it’s important for us that we get the home runs going again. Our two previous campaigns have been built off the fact that we’ve been really solid at Highbury and this season, if we want to be successful, we need to pick up where we left off in the last campaign.”
Watch his interview on our iFollow HERE.
ONE TO WATCH – JOE POWELL
One for Fleetwood fans to keep an eye out for is midfielder, Joe Powell. Attacking midfielder Joe left West Ham United in January 2020 to join Burton Albion on a two-and-a-half-year deal.
Powell, who has previously described himself as a box-to-box midfielder, started his career by making several eye-catching performances for West Ham’s U23s in Premier League 2.
The midfielder had also featured for West Ham’s Leasing.com Trophy side on several occasions over four seasons and had a successful loan spell at Northampton early in 2019, losing just one of 10 games and scoring one particularly stunning goal for the Cobblers.
The 21-year-old made a difference in Burton’s last fixture against Peterborough, when he managed to score a brace in normal time in their EFL Trophy fixture at the Weston Homes Stadium, before netting a penalty in the shootout which followed.
WATCH THE GAME ON iFOLLOW
Supporters can now purchase video match passes for Fleetwood Town’s Sky Bet League One fixture against Burton Albion on Saturday.
With games still being played behind closed doors, the match pass is your best option to watch the Cod Army during the early stages of the 2020/21 season.
Complimentary passes will be distributed to Onward Card holders for any home league games which are behind closed doors, but you can now stream live video of cup and away fixtures for just £10.
If you'd like to purchase your match pass, click HERE.