The Shakers take on Hull City tomorrow afternoon in the Emirates FA Cup, looking to overcome the in-form Championship side and progress to the next Round.
Bury face Sky Bet Championship side Hull City on Saturday 30thJanuary, 3pm kick-off, in the Fourth Round of the Emirates FA Cup looking to progress to the Fifth Round for the first time since 1986.
Hull City will be tough opposition for the Shakers with the Yorkshire side top of the Championship table and in a great run of form having not lost a game in 2016 so far having already played 5 games this month. They have also only lost 7 games all season and have the best goal difference in the Championship with +27 goals.
Their home form has been their biggest success this season, with their away form being slightly inconsistent having won 6, drawn 3 and lost 5 on the road, which will give David Flitcroft and his side the belief that they are beatable.
This is the first season Hull city have spent back in the Championship after spending last season in the top flight of English football, this is clear to see in the quality of players Steve Bruce has at his disposal.
The Hull City squad have had a large cash injection over recent years due to the clubs continued success and ability to bounce back from relegation to re-join the Premiership on a number of occasions.
When looking through their squad list, the transfer amounts that have been released add up to £56 million on 10 players which is a stark difference to the loans and free transfers that the Bury squad comprises of. This shows how far the Shakers have come over recent years and if they aren’t to progress to the next round they should hold their heads up high for progressing this far.
Hull City are expected to rotate their squad with as many as 7 changes having been made for previous cup games this season, but with the amount of quality they have in their team the squad that Steve Bruce puts out will be very strong whichever players who picks.
Club captain Michael Dawson is in contention for a start after returning to fitness from a knee injury which kept him out of action for nine-games. Fellow defender Alex Bruce came off the bench during the Tigers’ win over Fulham at the weekend and may also return to the starting line-up.
There may also be starts for fringe players Tom Huddlestone, David Meyler, Sone Aluko, and Chuba Akpom, who will all be chomping at the bit to get a chance to show what they can do, having only made cameo appearances so far this season.
Midfielder Shaun Maloney and Striker Adama Diomande will be assessed before the game, but are both expected to be ruled out.
The Shakers have no new injury concerns; in fact David Flitcroft will have a selection headache on his hands. Club captain Nathan Cameron is currently waiting on the side lines after returning from a one game suspension; however, he is being kept out of the team by his replacement Reece Brown who has impressed during Cameron’s absence.
Craig Jones, John O’Sullivan and Danny Mayor are all fighting for the two wide positions, meaning that at least one of them will miss out, however O’Sullivan is ineligible for the match meaning Flitcroft’s decision may be made easier.
If you can’t make the match, with very limited tickets still available for the Bury supporters, we have live coverage of the match on Shakers PlayerHD from approximately 2.45pm tomorrow.