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Match Preview: Walsall (A)

4 September 2015

The Shakers take on Walsall at the Banks’s Stadium tomorrow afternoon, kick-off 3pm in Sky Bet League One.

After a successful Johnstone’s Paint Trophy first round win over Accrington Stanley, Bury will now set their sights on their first League win against high flying Walsall, on Saturday 5thSeptember.


The Shakers will be hoping that they can put a winless August (in the League) behind them and build on their encouraging win in the JPT when they travel to Walsall tomorrow afternoon, who currently sit 1st in Sky Bet League One.


The Saddlers are currently unbeaten in the League this campaign with 4 wins and 1 draw, they are also through to the third round of the Capital One Cup after beating Championship duo Nottingham Forest in the first round and Brighton and Hove Albion in the second round.


However, they have started September with a loss to League Two side Morecambe on Tuesday night in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, which means they will need to pick themselves up to beat Bury, whereas the Shakers go into the game on the back of a win against Accrington.


The game is expected to be a very entertaining affair with both teams looking strong up-front, with 21 goals scored between them in both teams’ first 5 games in the League. 


Although, the difference between the two sides is defensively, Walsall have conceded only 9 goals in 8 games in all competitions with 2 clean sheets, compared to the Shakers who haven’t kept a clean sheet so far this season.


There is expected to be a third consecutive start for Bury ‘keeper Rob Lainton, after loanee Christian Walton returned to his parent club Brighton, due to an injury. Manager David Flitcroft has given his vote of confidence to Lainton, who has struggled to make himself the first choice ‘keeper during his two years at the Club since signing from Bolton.


In terms of injuries Kelvin Etuhu, Keil O’Brien and Leon Clarke are still out. It is also expected to be too soon for Danny Nardiello to make a return, after his injury hit a setback last week. However, Ryan Lowe and Craig Jones will now be forcing themselves into a place in the squad after getting game time during the past week.


Walsall will be without Goalkeeper Neil Etheridge and Full-Back Jason Demetriou who are on international duty with the Philippines and Cyprus respectively. Deadline day signing Isaiah Osbourne is likely to start on the bench, with Paul Downing, Rico Henry and Romaine Sawyers also expected to start after being rested on Tuesday night.


Tickets for the match are still available from the ticket office until 3pm today (Friday 4th September 2015).

Paying on the turnstile is available, but there is a £2 increase on the below prices:


Adult £19.50

Over 60’s £14.50

Under 18’s £14.50

Ambulant Disabled Age related - Carer free

Wheelchair Disabled £19.50


Live audio commentary of the match is available on Shakers PlayerHD.

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