Crewe Alexandra host Burton Albion looking to make a positive opening to the 2019/20 Leasing.com Trophy campaign. Click here for the ticket news.
Since winning the first game in the competitions' reshuffle 3-0 at Accrington in 2016, the Alex have won just one further game from a total of nine in the competition - 4-3 at Tranmere Rovers last season.
That record means that Crewe have never progressed from the group stages & Dave Artell will be hoping for a positive start against the Brewers tonight to give them a chance of progressing from the group.
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Date: Tuesday 3 September 2019
Competition: Leasing.com Trophy Northern Group E
Venue: Alexandra Stadium
Previous Meeting At Host Club: Crewe 1-1 Burton (March 2016)
Referee: Anthony Backhouse
Crewe: After a busy schedule of eight games in August, David Artell could be set to give a number of his fringe players a start to give them a chance to impress in the side.
Dave Richards is set to start in goal with Will Jaaskelainen away on international duty, with Lewis Reilly also absent due to his loan to Telford United.
James Jones, Oliver Finney, Owen Dale, Billy Sass-Davies & Chuma Anene are all pushing for starts amongst others ahead of Saturday's League Two trip to Grimsby Town.
Burton: Liam Boyce (hamstring), Jake Buxton (ribs), Colin Daniel (hamstring) and Nathan Broadhead (hip) are all expected to miss out on the contest.
Nigel Clough may also opt to make some unenforced changes as he too could hand opportunities to other members of his squad ahead of the Brewers' League One match at Sunderland on Saturday.
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