Burton vs Coventry preview

Burton forward Marvin Sordell may be denied the chance to play against his former club Coventry on Saturday.

Sordell, who joined Albion from the Sky Blues in January 2017, is a doubt after he suffered a slight knee problem during the FA Cup defeat at Scunthorpe. Ben Turner, another ex-Coventry player, will remain out with a calf injury.

Kyle McFadzean, John Brayford, Ben Fox (hamstring) and Devante Cole (groin) are also nursing knocks and will be monitored while Liam Boyce is away on international duty with Northern Ireland. Dimitar Evtimov has been called up to the Bulgaria squad but Stephen Bywater is set to make a timely return from the shoulder injury that has kept him out since August to play in goal for Burton.

Coventry manager Mark Robins will make several changes to his team after swapping eight players for the Checkatrade Trophy tie at Cheltenham in midweek. The likes of Lee Burge, Jordan Willis, Dominic Hyam, Michael Doyle, Jordy Hiwula and Jonson Clarke-Harris are expected to be restored to the starting XI.

Luke Thomas, on loan from Derby, was given permission from his parent club to play in the FA Cup last weekend and he is likely to keep his place in the side. On-loan Chelsea right-back Dujon Sterling has damaged ankle ligaments, while Max Biamou is absent with a serious knee injury.

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Burton and Coventry have only met in one previous league season – in 2015-16, both sides shared away victories.

Burton manager Nigel Clough has never lost a home Football League game against Coventry City (P6 W4 D2 L0).

Burton have both scored and conceded in each of their last four League One games, netting nine and conceding seven.

Coventry have won four of their last five league away games (L1), including each of their last three – they last won four in a row on the road in March 2013.

Burton will be missing Northern Ireland striker Liam Boyce due to an international call-up – Boyce has been directly involved in more goals than any other player for the Brewers in League One this season (8 – 5 goals, 3 assists).

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