A look forward to Saturdays game at Bristol Rovers
Bristol Rovers v Bury FC
Saturday 10 December 2016 – 3:00pm
EFL Sky Bet League One
Preview: During their two week break from action, Chris Brass, Ryan Kidd and Chris Sedgwick have used their time wisely with some solid work done, on the training ground at Carrington, in order to stop the clubs alarming slide down the table as a result of this horrendous run the lads are currently on.
Injuries and, more worryingly, suspensions continue to thwart the Shakers management team with several key players unlikely to be travelling down to the West County on Friday. Antony Kay, Niall Maher and Jacob Mellis are all missing through suspension whilst Leon Barnett, Zeli Ismail, Chris Brown, Kean Bryan, Tom Walker and Nathan Cameron remain on the injury list – but whilst all are closer to a return to action this weekends trip to Bristol has come just a week too early for most of those out with knocks.
Bristol Rovers are hopeful top scorer Matty Taylor will be back for the game. The 15-goal striker missed the shock 2-1 FA Cup defeat to National League side Barrow last weekend after failing a pre-match fitness test whilst on-loan Peterborough forward Luke Clarke was preferred to Ellis Harrison and Jermaine Easter in Taylor's absence.
Full-back Daniel Leadbitter will continue to play with a protective strapping after breaking a bone in his hand as stuttering Rovers seek to improve on a dismal run of one win in eight games. Billy Bodin has started only five league games this season, but the Wales under-21 winger strengthened his case for a recall with an impressive scoring display in a Gloucestershire FA Cup tie in midweek.
Referee: Saturday’s referee is Robert Jones and, so far this season, Robert has taken charge of 21 games showing 71 yellow cards and 1 red card. His last game was on Saturday, 3rd December when he took charge of the Emirates FA Cup 2nd round game between Sutton United and Cheltenham Town where Sutton won the game 2-1 and six yellow cards were shown.
Mr Jones has previously taken charge of one Bury game this season, the 4-1 victory over Morecambe in the Checkatrade Trophy where four yellow cards were shown.
Betting: Bury are currently 18/5 to win the game, whilst the Pirates are at 7/10. A draw is on offer at 3/1.
Five tips to keep an eye on:
1. James Vaughan to score first – 11/2
2. James Vaughan to score first in a 2-0 Bury win – 110/1
3. Bury to win the game - 18/5
4. Bury to win the game 2-0 – 28/1
5. Bury clean sheet – 5/1
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Coverage: We’ll have full match commentary via Shakers Player HD with Maurice Dickson and Brian Rigby in the Press Box and the lads will be on air from around 2:45pm. We’ll also have full coverage of the game with updates via our official Twitter account (@buryfcofficial) and we’ll have team news from the game available via Social Media (Twitter, Facebook and Instagram) as soon as we get it.
From Sunday morning, we’ll have our match report together with video interviews with Chris Brass and a key player from the game. Sunday will also bring goal highlights on our YouTube channel with extended highlights going live on Shakers Player HD at approximately 3pm. We’ll also have the key comments, in text format, from the manager as well.
Tickets and Travel: For those making their own way to the game, the post code for Sat Nav is BS7 0BF
Bristol Rovers’ visitors guide can be found here
Ticket Prices: Please note prices increase by £2.00 on the day.
Adult - £19.00
65+ - £10.00
Under-16 - £10.00
Ambulant Disabled (Adult and Senior’s) - £9.00 Carer Free
Ambulant Disabled (under-16) - £8.00 Carer Free
Wheelchair Disabled (Adult & Senior’s) - £9.00 3 pairs available
Wheelchair Disabled (under16) - £8.00
Adult - £16.00
16-21 - £12.00
65+ - £8.00
Under-16 - £8.00
Coach departs from the club shop at 10:15am
Previous meetings: Saturday’s game is the 45th such meeting between the two sides. The Pirates have won 16 of those games, with the Shakers also winning 16 games. The remaining games have finished all square. As for goals, Bury have scored 60 compared to 57 for Bristol Rovers
In terms of games at Bristol, Rovers have won 13 whilst Bury have just four wins and only five games have finished all square. Bury have scored 23 goals compared to Bristol Rovers 40
Finally, plenty of noise again from those travelling please – Be Loud – Be Proud – Be Bury!
Enjoy the game!