Everything you need to know ahead of tomorrow's game...
The Shakers head into Saturday’s game at Banks’s Stadium full of optimism, after picking up 4 points out of 6 and no goals conceded from the last 2 games.
The performance and result against Shrewsbury was a fitting end to Ryan Lowe’s tenure as Caretaker Manager. Chris Lucketti’s first game as a Manager in his own right at Northampton Town last week was a hard-fought draw, with the Shakers arguably creating the better chances.
With both legends now together in the dug-out, they will be looking to continue the current progress made, starting with Saturday’s trip down the M6 in the Checkatrade Trophy.
A disappointing start in the competition for Bury was quickly forgotten about, with impressive wins against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park, and a strong Stoke City side that contained the likes of Ibrahim Afellay, Charlie Adam, Bruno Martins Indi and Saido Berahino.
The hosts’ route saw them pick up 2 wins – against West Brom U21’s and Shrewsbury Town – and 1 draw – against Coventry City.
Walsall have had sporadic results at home this season – in all competitions, they have won 4, drawn 6 and lost 2. Along the way, they have scored 21 and conceded 16.
Bury Manager Chris Lucketti, told us that they are well prepared for the game "It’s been a good week’s training; the lads have worked hard. Everything’s looking good towards Saturday. It’s a game we want to win and we want to progress and we’d love to be in the Final at Wembley".
Chris was understandably keeping his cards close to his chest over team selection, but Tuesday’s game against Preston at Carrington will make the final decision a little harder; “There were loads of positives, some very good performances. Performances that I wanted to see; great work-rate, effort, commitment, desire – the basics that you need to do well in football was shown on Tuesday, against a strong side. There are a number of players chomping at the bit so I’ve got a lot to consider between now and Saturday”.
There is a growing confidence within the squad, and Jay O’Shea feels that the lads are coming back into form ‘It’s going to start with clean sheets. It’s been good, we feel a lot more solid and it gives the attacking players a base to go and try to win the game’.
As revealed last week, tomorrow’s game will be streamed live for iFollow subscribers in the UK and abroad.
As part of an EFL trial, the video stream from the game will be available both domestically and internationally to subscribers, with current monthly and seasonal subscribers able to access the game.
There will also be a £5 Match Pass available to UK and international supporters not currently with a paid subscription to iFollow which will allow fans to watch the game.
Neutral commentary will be pushed onto the video feed of both clubs.
Match Passes will be available to purchase from the iFollow page from Friday, December 1st.
This development has been made possible due to the recently announced domestic broadcast agreement with Sky, whereby EFL Clubs have been granted the rights to stream Checkatrade Trophy games to a domestic audience from the start of the 2019/20 season. That opportunity has now been brought forward to take effect from this season’s competition.
In addition, Round Two matches of the Checkatrade Trophy will be used as the start of a trial to consider enhancements to the iFollow offer, as the EFL starts planning to increase the quality of coverage and production values ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.
Maurice Dickson and Brian Rigby will also be providing full audio commentary of the game.
During the game we will also be updating our Twitter account with events as they happen - Follow us @buryfcofficial.
Following the game, our match report will go live as soon as we can, followed by video interviews with Chris Lucketti and key players from the game.
So, whatever happens during tomorrow’s game, we have it covered…