Minstermen look to breach Burton's defences

Minstermen look to breach Burton's defences

Minstermen look to breach Burton's defences

Updated in Sport

YORK City will be hoping to breach the meanest away defence in Sky Bet League Two when Burton Albion visit Bootham Crescent tomorrow.

The fifth-placed Brewers have only shipped 17 goals during 19 trips in the division this season, including a total of eight clean sheets.

In fact, an overall goals-against column of 37 can only be bettered by Chesterfield and Southend, who have both let in just one less throughout 2013/14.

Burton's hopes of maintaining their miserly form on the road should also be boosted by the knowledge that on-loan Preston centre-back Shane Cansdell-Sherriff is expected to be fit despite suffering a knock that saw him substituted during Tuesday night's 1-0 home win over Wycombe.

It is at the other end of the pitch that the Brewers have found life more difficult with a tally of 42 the lowest amongst League Two's top-16 teams.

Billy Kee is the leading marksman with 13 goals but he has failed to net in his last 12 away appearances in the league - a run stretching back almost six months since a brace against Wycombe on October 5.

Injuries to wide players Zeli Ismail (hamstring) and Jimmy Phillips (ankle) in the last fortnight have further blunted the team's attacking potential with Callum McFadzean having been drafted in on loan from Sheffield United to make his debut against Wycombe.

Striker Michael Symes is hoping to be back in contention following his groin injury but Kee and ten-goal, former Tranmere forward Adam McGurk will continue to lead the attack tomorrow.

Ex-Minsterman Robbie Weir will also line up against his former club having been a mainstay in the Staffordshire side's midfield this term, starting 42 matches and scoring twice.

But former Premier League long-throw specialist Rory Delap will not feature having retired from the game since the clubs last met.

Burton currently lie six points adrift of the automatic promotion places and six ahead of seventh-placed City but have only won one of their last six away matches - a 2-1 triumph at Oxford three weeks ago.

Team (probable): Lainton, Edwards, Sharps, Cansdell-Sherriff, McCrory, Gray, Weir, Palmer, McFadzean, McGurk, Kee.

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2:50pm Fri 28 Mar 14

PositiveFootball says...

As I have nothing better to do this afternoon, I looked at the average number of points over the last 5 season that secured a play off place. It came out as 70.

We are on 58 with 7 games left. Can we get 12 points from the 21 available is the question?
As I have nothing better to do this afternoon, I looked at the average number of points over the last 5 season that secured a play off place. It came out as 70. We are on 58 with 7 games left. Can we get 12 points from the 21 available is the question? PositiveFootball
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