Match Preview: Stevenage v Burton Albion

Lucas Akins in action for Stevenage

Lucas Akins in action for Stevenage - Credit: Archant

Stevenage are set to face another batch of their former employees this weekend when Burton Albion come to town.

Currently second in the League 2 table, on goal difference behind Wycombe Wanderers, the Brewers’ 4-3 victory over Carlisle United on Tuesday evening featured two former Stevenage players – Lucas Akins, currently the club’s top scorer in the league, and defender Phil Edwards.

Both players are expected to start this weekend, while John Mousinho is also on the books of the Midlands club whose manager Gary Rowett was this week linked with a move away.

Two months ago Blackpool were said to be seeking the services of the Burton boss, while now their Championship rivals and Rowett’s former club Birmingham City are said to have been in touch with Albion following the sacking of Lee Clark this week.

The 40-year-old is currently the 17th longest serving manager in the top four divisions of English football and has guided Burton to the League 2 play-offs in each of his first two seasons in charge.

Although second in the table, Burton’s rise up the league this season has been despite the club conceding the same number of goals as bottom of the table side Tranmere Rovers – 18.

While Boro threw their net into the loan market last week and pulled in four players, Burton were also conducting business of their own by bringing in Republic of Ireland U21 international Darragh Lenihan on loan from Blackburn Rovers for a month.

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The 20-year-old can play in either midfield or defence and was on the bench for the club on Tuesday evening.

For Stevenage, ex-Burton player Calvin Zola is still missing through injury though Adam Marriott may feature in the match day squad.

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