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Preview: Wigan (H) – FA Cup

6 November 2015

The Shakers take on Wigan Athletic on Saturday 7th November, kick-off 3pm, in the Emirates FA Cup.

Bury will face the Latics for the third time this season tomorrow afternoon, in the First Round of the FA Cup and will be looking to maintain the unbeaten run against them in 2015/16.


The Shakers faced local rivals Wigan for the first time in 13 years in August after drawing each other in the Capital One Cup, the Shakers won the match 2-1 via a Leon Clarke double. The Latics then travelled to Gigg Lane and took away a point in a thrilling 2-2 draw.


Wigan Athletic know all about the competition having lifted the trophy in 2013 after beating Man City at Wembley in the final, however since then they have quickly slid down the Leagues and are now on an equal footing with the Shakers in Sky Bet League One.


Bury Manager David Flitcroft spoke of his admiration for the Latics’ FA Cup achievement when speaking to Shakers PlayerHD, he explained:

“To win the FA Cup, I don’t believe in luck, every game they played they had a game plan, a way they played and a way they won, so it wasn’t a fluke it was completely deserved and it holds firm in my memory.

“I was a Wigan Athletic fan that day because it is about the underdog, it is about the team that sometimes gamble more to win.”

The Shakers broke their bad spell of 5 games without a win last Saturday with a defiant 4-3 win over Blackpool at Gigg Lane, and will now be looking to start a run of good results going, starting with Wigan tomorrow.

Gary Caldwell is expected to make a number of changes to his side, with a deep squad to choose from. Starting places could be given to squad players; Tim Chow, Francisco Junior and Craig Davies. The only injury for the Latics is full-back Kevin McNaughton who is expected to be out until the new year.

The Shakers still have a small squad to choose from due to a number of injuries, therefore the Gaffer is expected to go with a similar eleven to the one that started during Saturday’s win over Blackpool.

It may be too soon for new signing Paddy Kenny to start although he is expected to feature on the bench, with young Austrian keeper Daniel Bachmann set to retain his spot in the team before he goes on international duty.

David Flitcroft is hoping that he will have Nathan Cameron to choose from after Bury’s captain was kept out of the Shakers’ last two matches with a knee injury.

Talking about his captains recovery he said: “We are hoping Cam will be available, we have been working on it all week.

“Tom Walsh and Nick Meace have been working around the clock to get players back in the fold and try to get players back on the training ground.”

If you can’t make the match listen to live commentary on Shakers PlayerHD from 2.45pm.

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