Premier League outfit Leicester City head to Gigg Lane for the second round of the Capital One Cup on Tuesday 25th August, kick-off 7.45pm.
The visit of Leicester City to Gigg Lane will be the first time in over 22 years that a Premier League side will visit the home of the Shakers in a competitive match; with this in mind the excitement around the clash is massive.
The game in question was in the third round of Capital One Cup known then as the Coca-Cola League Cup, against Queens Park Rangers during the 1992/93 season. England legend David Seaman was in goal for QPR that day, with Darren Peacock and Bradley Allen scoring for the London side. The attendance was 4,680.
The Foxes are currently sitting second placed in the English Premier League, behind Manchester City. Leicester have started the season off unbeaten with wins against Sunderland and West Ham before fighting back to draw with Tottenham on Saturday.
This is a stark change to their fortunes last season where they struggled in the League, before an outstanding finish which saw them win 7 games and draw 1 in their last 9 games. During the summer there was a change in personnel at the Club with Manager Nigel Pearson being replaced by Claudio Ranieri.
In Ranieri the Foxes have a coach that has managed many of the big names in European football including Chelsea, Monaco, Inter Milan, Roma and Valencia to name but a few. The East Midlands side will be hoping that his pedigree will help them sustain their Premier League status and become a mainstay in the League.
Ranieri has made a number of high profile signings throughout the transfer window including Japanese international Shinji Okazaki, Austrian international Christian Fuchs, Yohan Benaloune, Robert Huth and N’Golo Kante. Swiss international Gokhan Inler is expected to make his first start since joining the side last week.
Bury have themselves shown promise since promotion to Sky Bet League One last season, but are still searching for their first win in the League. However, the side will be hoping that a win against Premier League opposition will help them kick-start in League One.
Shakers Manager David Flitcroft believes it is important the tow of Bury get behind the game and more importantly their local side to come out in force, with the spotlight on the game.
“I remember going to games like this with my dad as a kid, a Premier League side coming down to a League One Club, it’s fantastic for the Football Club.
“It could be 20 years before this happens again, so I’m hoping it captures the imagination of the town. You need to bring your kids along to it and show them the electric atmosphere of a cup night at Gigg Lane.”
Flitcroft is expected to have a close to fully fit squad at his disposal, with Leon Clarke and Kelvin Etuhu back in contention after sitting out Saturday’s match against Crewe. The Shakers’ four long-term absentees - Keil O’Brien, Ryan Lowe, Daniel Nardiello and Craig Jones – are now all close to full fitness, but tomorrow night is expected to be too soon.
Tickets for the match are available to buy from the ticket office at the Club today and tomorrow. There will be pay on the gate available, but queues are expected.
Prices are as follows: -
Adults - £15
Concessions – £10
(Concessions are: Under 23, Over 65, Students and Disabled)
Live audio commentary of the match will be available on Shakers PlayerHD from 7.35pm.