Both sides suffered defeats last week with the Gas losing 2-1 to Forest Green Rovers whilst the Brewers suffered a heavy loss at the hands of Wycombe Wanderers, planting them at the foot of the table.
There is still a core squad available at Barton’s disposal but both Trevor Clarke and Zain Westbrooke aren’t expected to feature which opens the door for a number of youth players.
Burton meanwhile have been busy in the transfer market, adding players to their squad as they to preserve their third tier status for another year.
Colston Crawford, a long-serving journalist for Burton Live, gave us an insight as to Rovers’ opponents on Saturday.
What are the strengths and weaknesses of Burton Albion?
It is hard to gauge that at such an early stage, especially after a very disappointing opening day defeat to Wycombe Wanderers. On paper, strengths would include the experience of long-serving captain John Brayford and powerhouse centre-half Sam Hughes (if fit, he missed the opener) in defence; the creativity and set-piece delivery of Joe Powell in midfield and the promise of summer signing Davis Keillor-Dunn going forward. Keillor-Dunn scored 17 goals from midfield in a struggling Oldham Athletic side last season.
Weakness, largely, is up front, where the only experienced striker, Louis Moult, has yet to fire and the other strikers are still only setting out on their careers.
How do you expect Burton to line up at the Pirelli Stadium come Saturday afternoon? Any injuries or suspensions too?
We would hope Sam Hughes has recovered from a pre-season muscle injury to play. Veteran defender Michael Mancienne is out for three months with a knee injury. Holding midfielder Calum Butcher, back for a second spell with the club, was suspended for the first game; awaiting confirmation that he will be clear now. I expect something like 4-2-3-1, as the manager has largely been playing a back four in pre-season, but most of last season he went with three at the back and two wing-backs.
What would you say the ambitions are of the Brewers this season and is it achievable?
The ambition is largely the same always, to hold their own as a small fish in what is an increasingly large pool of very big spending clubs. Burton have always been sustainable, there is no vast injection of wealth behind their rise from non-League in the last 20 years. It gets harder and harder to stay afloat. But they always pull it off and I expect them to do so again.
Victor Adeboyejo's at the club. He had a loan sell at Rovers, how has he settled in so far since making his move to Burton?
It is too early to say with regard to Victor. He has had a stop-start career so far and knows he needs to be at a club where he will get the chance of a run of games. He worked tirelessly last week against Wycombe but it's hard going for a lone striker when the other team is dominating the game. The jury's out but he seems an honest and committed character.
What player will cause Bristol Rovers the most problems on Saturday?
Potentially, David Keillor-Dunn, although we saw promising signs from on-loan Everton midfielder Tyler Onyango in the opening day defeat.