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22 September 2016

Our guide to the Brewers

NORWICH City host Burton Albion on Saturday (3pm) in the Sky Bet Championship.

Here we take a look at what City come up against in this weekend's fixture against the Brewers.

Nigel Clough returned for his second spell as Burton Albion manager in December 2015, after Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink departed the club for QPR.

Clough was in the dugout as his side finished second in League One, earning themselves promotion to the Championship.

His first managerial experience was as a player-manager and then manager for the Brewers from 1998 until 2009, receiving manager of the month in December 2008, after a streak of 11 straight wins.

Clough revealed in his pre-match press conference that Ben Turner will return from suspension and Chris O'Grady is available again.

The Burton manager also thinks that Lucas Akins and John Mousinho are the players who are most likely to return from injury for Saturday's game.

On the topic of Alex Neil, Clough said: "He's only a young man, he's in it for the long-term, and he's got the best chance to get them back up again.

"He had a great impact when he first went there, it's no disgrace getting relegated from the Premier League."

The Brewers' boss added: "I think they're a very well run club anyway, and they've kept the majority of players from last season.

"You see the strength, they go to Everton in the League Cup and win with ten changes."

Jackson Irvine has scored four goals in their SkyBet Championship campaign so far, and looks like their dangerman in midfield.

Irvine didn't appear in their nine-goal season-opener against Nottingham Forest - his first appearance this season was in the 2-1 defeat to Bristol City.

His first goal of the season came in their home win against Sheffield Wednesday, and he has gone on to score against Blackburn Rovers, in their victory over Derby and their 1-1 draw with Fulham.

The talented midfielder spent time in Scotland, with Celtic, Kilmarnock and Ross County before completing a permanent deal to Burton.

Having played fo Scotland's Under-19s, Irvine decided to represent Austrailia, playing for their Under-20s and making his first-team debut in a 3-0 win over Canada.

Goalkeepers: Jon McLaughlin, Stephen Bywater, Harry Campbell.

Defenders: Tom Flanagan, John Brayford, John Mousinho, Kyle McFadzean, Ben Turner, Damien McCrory, Ryan Delaney, Shaun Barker.

Midfielders: Lee Williamson, Lucas Akins, Lloyd Dyer, Tom Naylor, Matt Palmer, Callum Reilly, Hamza Choudry, Ben Fox, Marcus Harness, Jackson Irvine.

Forwards: Chris O'Grady, Stuart Beavon, Jamie Ward, Will Miller.

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