Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Derby County will be looking to build on a 2-1 win over Exeter when they welcome Burton Albion to their Pride Park in the League One round 44. The Rams are eager to climb to the playoffs berth, and we are positive that they will adopt an attack-minded approach in Saturday’s clash. David McGoldrick, who scored a brace in the midweek triumph, is likely to prove a handful for the opposition back-line. Barring any fresh injury worries, Paul Warne is unlikely to make changes to the team that defeated the Grecians on Tuesday evening.
The Brewers, on the other hand, are stuck in the middle of the table with little to play for in the season finale. Over the years Derby County have turned their Pride Park into a real fortress, and, taking everything into account, anything but a routine home win would be a big surprise. Burton forward Josh Walker is pushing for a start after scoring as a substitute in a 1-1 draw with Bolton.
Highlighted Player (David McGoldrick):
David McGoldrick is an Irish international who was born in Nottingham, England on 29 November, 1987. McGoldrick was eligible to play for both England and Republic of Ireland and he decided to play for the Irish national team. The striker made his Ireland debut on 18 November, 2014, in a 4-1 win over USA and it has to be noted that he provided assists for Robbie Brady and Anthony Pilkington.
McGoldrick began his senior career at Nots County and he played for the likes of Northampton, Bournemouth, Port Vale, Nottingham Forest, Sheffield Wednesday and Coventry City in the past as well. The Irish attacker he joined Ipswich Town on loan until the end of the 2012/2013 campaign and he signed a permanent deal with the club in July 2013.
David McGoldrick scored 14 goals in 31 appearances for the Tractor Boys in the 2013/2014 Championship campaign and that is considered his most successful season. You should have in mind that his Ipswich teammates Daryl Murphy and Stephen Hunt backed David for his first-ever Ireland call-up.
Highlighted Team (Burton):
Burton Albion are one of the four clubs that secure promotion to the Championship at the end of the 2015/2016 campaign. The Brewers welcome their rivals at Pirelli Stadium, the venue that was opened in 2005. The capacity of the stadium is 6,912, while the seating capacity of the venue is 2,034.
Burton Albion won the FA Trophy in 1987, with the team winning Football League Two in 2015. During the club’s non-League period, the Brewers’ local rivals were Nuneaton Borough, Tamworth, Stafford Rangers and Gresley Rovers, but while they were playing in the Football League the club’s rivals were Crewe, Port Vale, Notts County and Chesterfield.
Derby County are considered Burton Albion’s rivals as well, but the rivalry with the Rams is rather friendly. The colour of Burton Albion’s home kit is black and yellow, while they wear white and grey jerseys on the travels.