Burton Albion V Fleetwood Town – Monday 26th May. 3PM. Sky Sports 1
All eyes will be on Burton and Fleetwood as the League Two rivals bring the curtain down on another fantastic domestic season.
A place in next season’s third tier is on offer for the winner and both clubs will be desperate to claim victory at Wembley.
It should be a frantic affair.
Brewers To Serve Up A Surprise
Burton Albion may head into this one as the underdogs, but it would be foolish to rule out Gary Rowett’s side at Wembley.
The Brewers finished sixth in the regular season, just four point adrift of Fleetwood, and boast a much tighter defence than the Cod Army. Burton additionally lost just six times on the road this season, which proves just how difficult Rowett’s men can be to break down.
Burton might not be the most prolific team, but they showed against Southend United that they can find a goal when needed. Albion were losing at Roots Hall before Adam McGurk’s 69th minute equaliser made booked their place at Wembley with a 3-2 aggregate victory.
That was one of 11 goals for McGurk this season and alongside strike partner Billy Kee (12 goals), Rowett can be confident in his side’s ability going forward.
It could be a tight contest at Wembley, which may suit Burton superbly. The Brewers boast the better head-to-head record this season with two wins and a draw from four previous encounters.
Burton have spent five years in League Two, a period in which Rowett has progressed from assistant to head coach. This could be their time to reach the next level.
Fleetwood Favourites At Wembley
Despite Burton’s slight edge in the head-to-head statistics this season, Fleetwood remain the odds on favourites for promotion.
After finishing the regular season with more point than any of the other three promotion candidates, Graham Alexander’s men have a right to believe it will be them who runs out victorious at Wembley.
In addition to that, the Cod Army had to overcome the postponed first-leg against York in order to book their place in the final and will be increasingly confident after passing that test with flying colours. The Reds also claimed three points in the most recent head-to-head fixture, a stunning 4-2 win at the Pirelli Stadium.
Only Antoni Sarcevic could reach double figures in the goals tally, but what Fleetwood do boast is a number of players all capable of chipping in. In total, the Cod Army hit 66 league goals and will be confident of finding their most important strikes at Wembley.
This is only Fleetwood’s second year in the Football League, could they cap it with promotion?
Burton Albion V Fleetwood Town Betting
Fleetwood head into this one as the favourites and are 13/10 (Bet365) to get the job done in 90 minutes. Meanwhile, Burton can be backed at 11/5 – which happens to be the same price as the draw.
Both teams are more than capable of claiming the victory here and it is quite hard to pick a winner. It took a replay to settle their FA Cup tie and this crucial encounter could also be set to go all the distance.
If it does go all the way to penalties, we’re backing Burton to take the spoils.
Burton to win on penalties is 11/1 with Betfred
Despite the 4-2 result in their last meeting, we’re anticipating a cagey affair at Wembley. Neither team will want to concede first and keeping a tight defence may be the primary aim for both.
The atmosphere will be buzzing at both ends of the stadiums. However, due to the importance of the result, fans may have to wait until the second-half for a breakthrough.
Half-time score 0-0 is 33/20 with Ladbrokes.