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Live on Sky Sports: A Football League first - Burton Albion v Coventry City

4 September 2015

The Sky Bet League 1 weekend action concludes on Sunday afternoon when Burton Albion host Coventry City at the Pirelli Stadium, with the match to be screened live on Sky Sports.

The game gets under way at 2:30pm, and the fixture will see the two sides come to head in The Football League for the first time.

Why the wait?

Since gaining promotion from the Conference in the 2008/09 season, Burton have been plying their trade in Sky Bet League 2. Despite a number of close calls, the Brewers were unable to seal promotion until last term.

After Gary Rowett laid the foundations, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink took the reins and guided the squad to the Sky Bet League 2 title.

As for Coventry, they're now in their fourth season in Sky Bet League 1 but the two sides very nearly switched divisions, with the Sky Blues still involved in a relegation battle on the very last day of the 2014/15 season.

However, Tony Mowbray's men survived, and here we are.

Shane Cansdell-Sherriff is looking forward to another tough test on Sunday. Read his views:

— Burton Albion FC (@burtonalbionfc) September 4, 2015
So, a first meeting?

No, actually. The pair faced off in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy back in the 2012/13 season. It wasn't a memorable 90 minutes, with the game at the Ricoh Arena finishing goalless. But the shoot-out provided plenty of entertainment - Coventry advanced 10-9 on penalties!

What can we expect then?

An intriguing encounter between two in-form sides.

For a newly-promoted side, Burton have adapted brilliantly to life in Sky Bet League 1. Hasselbaink's charges are third with four wins from their five games, continuing where they left off last term, and the manager was nominated for August's Sky Bet League 1 Manager of the Month award, losing out to Walsall boss Dean Smith.

Read more: Dean Smith named Sky Bet League 1 Manager of the Month

Coventry are also going well despite their struggles last term. The Sky Blues raced to the top of the table with three wins from their first three games, but one point from the last two sees them in fifth going in to Matchday 6.

They do boast the division's top scorer, too. Adam Armstrong has five goals since making the loan move from Newcastle United, which saw him handed the Sky Bet League 1 Player of the Month award.

Read more: Adam Armstrong named Sky Bet League 1 Player of the Month

Don’t miss it!

We’ll be providing live updates on Southend United’s match against Peterborough United on Twitter, via @SkyBetLeague1.

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