In a decisive FA Cup first-round replay, Burton Albion faces Port Vale for the third time this season. After a thrilling 3-2 league victory for Burton in September and a goalless draw in the initial cup meeting, both teams vie for a spot in the second round.
Burton Albion, following a loss to Northampton Town and Doncaster Rovers, seeks redemption in the FA Cup replay.
Despite a recent dip in form, the Brewers maintain a six-game unbeaten run at home. In contrast, Port Vale, aiming to avoid consecutive first-round exits, faces a challenging spell with three winless competitive games.
Port Vale’s recent league clash with Lincoln City ended in a draw after an eventful match, further highlighting their unpredictable form.
The Valiants are aiming to reverse their fortunes and secure a place in the second round, with the prospect of a trip to Stevenage in December.
Burton Albion misses John Brayford, Sam Hughes, and Kwadwo Baah due to injuries. Following the weekend’s loss, Manager Dino Maamria might choose to prioritize consistency, with Bez Lubala taking charge of the attack.
Port Vale contends with an injury list featuring Conor Grant, Mitch Clark, Alex Iacovitti, Dan Jones, Kofi Balmer, and James Wilson. Ollie Arblaster’s suspension opens the door for Tom Conlon to make his second start since returning from injury.
Possible Starting Lineups
- Hamer, Sweeney, Moon, Seddon;
- Walker, Helm, Powell, Oshilaja, Carayol;
- Cass, Ojo, Debrah;
- Sang, Garrity, Conlon, Plant;
- Chislett, Devine;
Although Burton has been unable to secure a win in recent matches, their impressive record at home puts them in a favorable position.
We predict that Burton Albion will emerge victorious with a 2-1 score, capitalizing on their home advantage to secure a place in the second round.