Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Fleetwood Town play host to Burton Albion at their Highbury Stadium in the opening game of the season. The Fishermen have big ambitions for the 2020/21 season, and they are widely expected to, at least, book their place in the playoffs. Fleetwood proved their worth in the Carabao Cup win over Wigan Athletic, with Ched Evans coming from behind to score the brace.
The experienced Welsh attacker is likely to replace Gerard Garner in the starting XI. The Brewers, on the other hand, are on a quest to secure yet another League One survival. Burton Albion did well to eliminate Accrington in the EFL Cup round 1, but Fleetwood are likely to pose a much bigger threat for the away team than their previous rivals. In their last meeting at Highbury Stadium the Fishermen rolled over the Brewers 4-1.
Highlighted Player (Glenn Whelan):
Probably one of the most underrated footballers in Premier League history, Glenn Whelan was born on 13 January 1982 in Dublin and he went on to enjoy a very successful career on club and international level.
Following spells with Manchester City, Bury and Sheffield Wednesday, the defensive midfielder found his peace at the Britannia Stadium, making over 250 Premier League appearances for Stoke City and keeping his place in the side under both Tony Pulis and Mark Hughes. Predominantly focused on doing the dirty defensive work and helping out the back four, Whelan never quite made the headlines for his style of play or quality of his displays, but remained an important player for both club and country.
The midfielder has so far made over 70 appearances for the Republic of Ireland national team, wearing the captain’s armband on several occasions, and starting all three group games at the Euro 2012 finals, while helping The Green Army qualify for the Euro 2016 as well.
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.