Based in League Two, Burton Albion very nearly made it into League One last season making it through to the play-off final. Wembley heartache was to follow though as they lost 1-0 to Fleetwood Town. This season they will hope to be again competing for promotion and kicked off their season well with a 1-0 away day win at Oxford United.
Going into the game Burton will be on very high spirits you would imagine. Opening weekend win and now a home tie against a team, supposedly, fighting for promotion out of the Championship. Why do I get the feeling that Wigan Athletic could be on the end of a defeat tonight?
Uwe Rosler has already stated that he will ring the changes following the opening day draw with Reading. A fair thing to say, allow the rest of the squad to start their season and for the manager to see how they cope in a competitive situation. Just how far he will go to change the squad is the question.
Don't expect to see the lads who have been out injured, or those who have missed much of pre-season they will be saved for the game against Charlton at the weekend. It would be nice however to see a few of the younger lads tonight, give Ryan Jennings, Frazer Fyvie and Tom Chow to prove that they can compete at a senior level.
Speaking to the coal press Rosler has said he won't be looking into the devlopment squad but within the large first team group of players we do have here at the club. Roger Espinoza, who was injured over the weekend, is a definite starter with the Honduran needing to get back up to speed after a summer at the World Cup. We missed the former long haired midfielders impetus at the weekend, when legs began to tire in the second half he could have unlocked a few doors.
As for Burton well they could see a few of their injury hit players make a return if manager Gary Rowett decides to give them game time. One player Wigan fans can expect to see is the Brewers main striker from last season Billy Kee. He came off the bench at the weekend, and he is expected to start tonight's game to allow the management at Burton assess his fitness. They will be wanting to get their top goalscorer back playing, last season the striker managed 14 goals in 45 appearances for the club.
If the Football League teams didn't already know it they will tonight as the football is now well and truly underway.