Despite having ten men for much of the second half, Burton hung on to snare a valuable first-leg lead in their play-off semi-final with Southend, but the Shrimpers’ excellent home form makes their 13/10 to qualify the punt of choice ahead of the second instalment.
Phil Brown’s charges can be backed as clear 87/100 favourites to win the match in normal time and with away goals playing no part, potential backers for the hosts may as well lump on their progression price.
Those who fancy the east Midlanders to advance will be looking at the 23/10-rated draw or 11/4 for the away win, but based on the hosts’ Roots Hall record, neither option will reap reward.
Just two League Two outfits have returned from trips to the Essex coast with three points in tow since the turn of the year.
They’ve reserved their finest performances for the business end of the campaign too, besting four of their previous five visitors and conceding just one goal in over 560 minutes of football.
The Brewers were the most recent guest to tread their garden path; they ended up on the wrong end of a 1-0 scoreline.
Albion have got the better of one side in ten on the road.
Far from astute travellers, Burton have beaten only Oxford in their last ten trips, failing to score in all bar one of their previous six sojourns.
One of these included a visit to Roots Hall, which ended up as being the second match of the regular season in which Gary Rowett’s men failed to perforate Southend’s backline.
Burton haven’t won a match this season when centre-half Ian Sharps has been omitted.
Sharps was the man to receive the aforementioned dismissal in the first-leg and he will be unavailable for this jaunt.
His comrades are winless when shorn of the veteran stopper’s involvement this term, losing four and drawing three of their seven matches without him.