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Pirelli Stadium (ATT 3,577) 14th September 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: D Whitestone

Burton Alb Burton Albion vs Portsmouth Portsmth

Burton Alb 1

Z Diamond (90+6)

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R Holmes (34)
S Ferry (53)
Y Moutaouakil (S/O 84)

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Last Updated: 14/09/13 3:08pm

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Ian Sharps: Missing through suspension

Ian Sharps: Missing through suspension

Team news for Saturday's League Two clash between Burton Albion and Portsmouth at the Pirelli Stadium.

The Brewers will be without the suspended Ian Sharps for this weekend's home tie.

Sharps was sent off as Albion lost 2-0 at home to Oxford last weekend and he must serve a three-match ban but new signing Jordan Pickford looks set to be involved having rejoined on loan from Sunderland.

With Zander Diamond only just returning from a foot injury - he got his first action of the season under his belt in a behind-closed-doors friendly on Monday afternoon - there is a strong possibility that summer signing Phil Edwards will start his first game at centre-half since joining the club.

Midfielder Alex McDonald and striker Billy Kee continue to nurse calf and thigh problems respectively.

Pompey, meanwhile, will check on Tom Craddock ahead of the trip to Staffordshire.

The summer signing from Oxford was expected to be out for around a fortnight with the knee injury he suffered in training late last week, but he has responded well to treatment and should travel with the squad.

Fellow striker David Connolly misses out again, however, as he completes a three-match ban for his red card against Chesterfield last month.

Defender Marcos Painter is fit after three weeks out with a hamstring injury and should start at left-back.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Burton Albion 46 94
2 Shrewsbury Town 46 89
3 Bury 46 85
4 Wycombe Wanderers 46 84
5 Southend United 46 84
6 Stevenage 46 72
7 Plymouth Argyle 46 71
8 Luton Town 46 68
9 Newport County AFC 46 65
10 Exeter City 46 64
11 Morecambe 46 63
12 Northampton Town 46 61
13 Oxford United 46 61
14 Dagenham & Redbridge 46 59
15 AFC Wimbledon 46 58
16 Portsmouth 46 57
17 Accrington Stanley 46 56
18 York City 46 52
19 Cambridge United 46 51
20 Carlisle United 46 50
21 Mansfield Town 46 48
22 Hartlepool United 46 45
23 Cheltenham Town 46 41
24 Tranmere Rovers 46 39