Burton Albion travel to Portsmouth tonight but far from being daunted by the visit to Fratton Park, Nigel Clough’s in-form side fancy their chances despite their underdog tag.
The Brewers have won four of their last five away games in all competitions and will provide a stern test for Portsmouth who will be hoping to get their season back on track after an indifferent start which has seen them register only one league win.
Burton’s confidence was summed up by on-loan Chelsea defender Richard Nartey who said this when speaking to the Derby Telegraph ahead of the game. ‘I can’t wait to go down there and just be involved in, just to see a stadium like that.’
‘We played there in the EFL Trophy for Chelsea’s under-21s, but you don’t get as many fans.’
‘It’ll be a proper atmosphere, so we can’t wait – and hopefully, we can get the three points again.’
‘From the outside, most people will think we’re the underdogs.’
‘But we as a team know that, if we come and play our game, no matter who we come up against, we fancy ourselves against anyone.’
‘We’re never worried about what anyone thinks, we just fancy ourselves in any game.’
Pompey remains one of the favourites for promotion after a busy summer in the transfer market, which included the signing of Marcus Harness from the Brewers who will sit this one out due to a thigh injury.
Brett Pitman could return to the first-team picture tonight as Kenny Jackett searches for the right combination up-front. The under-fire boss regularly comes in for criticism for his negative tactics, and his side has so far only found the net seven times in their five league games.
However, they will face a well-drilled side who have only conceded five in seven games and have beaten Gillingham and Oxford United on their travels already this campaign.
An intriguing fixture with Burton full of confidence after a decent start to the campaign despite losing several star players in the summer, including Harness to Pompey.
Nigel Clough will have his men well organised, and they will be dangerous on the break.
He knows the longer his side can stay in the game, the more pressure from the demanding home crowd will affect Kenny Jackett’s men.
Anything other than a win will no doubt heap more pressure on the Welshman, but Pompey should be strong enough to win by the odd goal.
However, it will not be easy.