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Key Player

Combative central midfielder John Mousinho has certainly made an impact at Staffordshire club Burton Albion since signing just over a year ago. Mousinho, who is of Portuguese decent, signed after an unsuccessful spell at Preston North End where he inky scored one goal. At 6 foot 1 the 29-year-old has plenty of defensive capabilities and is even able to adapt to centre-back in an emergency. Mousinho offers a wealth of third tier experience, he has fought hard with the likes Stevenage, Wycombe Wanderers and Brentford before joining Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink at Burton Albion.

One to Watch

Lucas Akins will be one to watch as Burton make their debut in League One. The former Huddersfield Town youngster last ventures into the third tier with Stevenage back in 2013/14 where he netted 3 times in 31 appearances as Graham Westley’s side was relegated. Following their relegation, former ‘Brewers’ boss Gary Rowett snapped up the frontman on a two-year-deal. Akins is cover positions all across the frontline but is most effective as an out and out striker.

Prediction

This is Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's second managerial job.
This is Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s second managerial job.

Burton were only beaten 8 times in the League last season, and were unbeaten in their last 12, but the step up could be a bit too much for an inexperienced manager. It’s hard to remember that this is Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s first English club despite managing Royal Antwerp in Belgium. His lack of experience could transmit to the younger players therefore making it more difficult for them to become accustomed to the higher level of football. Scottish shot stopper Jon McLaughlin is concrete at this level and Phil Edwards will provide some solid cover at the back. Callum Reilly gives energy in the midfield but otherwise Burton look quite thin the centre of the park. Upfront Stuart Beavon and Lucas Akins will be the main goal threats although both are fairly unproven at this level.

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