A look ahead to Saturdays televised game at Peterborough
Peterborough United v Bury
Saturday 8th October 2016 – 12:00pm
EFL Sky Bet League One
Before we begin, don't forget this is a Lunchtime kick off...'
Preview: The Sky Bet League One Manager of the Month award landed at Carrington on Thursday bringing more success to Shakers manager David Flitcroft following a stunning 100% record during the month of September - and rightly so...
The award will give the Sky Sports Commentary team something to talk about and, no doubt, the curse of the award will be mentioned somewhere within their coverage of Saturdays game, but for the Shakers there's no mention of it, to be honest, there's probably not much mention of the award as the lads head down the A1(M) on Friday afternoon for the game.
For David Flitcroft, It’s the next game and the usual preparation will have taken place. The award has come and gone and it’s a case of get on with it. Last weekend's defeat at the hands of league leaders Scunthorpe United has also come and gone and, to the gaffer and his staff, Saturday’s game is just the next game.
Craig Jones has joined Nathan Cameron on the long term injury list, though thankfully for not as long. Jones will miss around two months as his torn thigh muscle heals and he gets back up to full fitness. James Vaughan and Danny Mayor have been assessed ahead of the weekend and a decision on both players will be made ahead of the game. Whether they start or come on from the bench or are not involved is a decision yet to be made.
Tom Soares and Jacob Mellis both miss the game through suspension, after collecting five yellow cards. Their absence leaves openings for plenty of other's and the likes of Andrew Tutte, Kelvin Etuhu, Neil Danns, Tom Walker and Scott Burgess will be casting a keen eye to the two available spaces within the starting eleven.
Form is the consistent element going into the Peterborough game and five wins and two defeats, since September 1st, for the Shakers whilst Posh have not won since the back end of August and have collected five draws and two defeats in the same time period. Home form and away form is another factor. Peterborough have to go back to mid-August for their last home win whilst the Shakers away form in the same time period is two wins and two draws.
Come lunchtime on Saturday though, form means nothing - it's what happens when the lads cross the white line that counts. With the game being shown live on Sky Sports there is, perhaps, that extra dimension to the game, but the fact the game is live on TV will mean nothing to the manager and his plans for the game – it’s just the next game.
Peterborough manager Grant McCann has no fresh injury or suspension concerns as his side welcome Bury in Sky Bet League One on Saturday. Right-back Michael Smith is away on international duty with Northern Ireland so ex-Shakers loanee Hayden White is expected to take his place. Teenager Deon Moore started against MK Dons in midweek but first-choice striker Tom Nichols is expected to regain his place. Posh are looking for their first win in the league since August but Brad Inman, Lee Angol (both ankle) and Jermaine Anderson (anterior cruciate ligament) remain side lined.
Betting: Bury have suffered back-to-back defeats in the league and cup respectively but had won six matches on the trot previously and they are 5/2 at Sky Bet to collect three points on the road at Peterborough. Bury conceded one goal in all of those victories and Posh to register a solitary strike is 15/8 while both teams to score can be backed at 8/15. The hosts have won just one game in 11 outings and are 19/20 with the draw on offer at 14/5
Out top five tips for the game:
1. Zeli Ismail to score first and Bury win 3-2 - 220/1
2. Bury to win the game - 5/2
3. Bury to win the game 2-0 - 20/1
4. Bury to win by three or more goals - 22/1
5. Hallam Hope to score anytime in the 90 minutes - 9/4
Click here to back the Shakers with Sky Bet, with 119 markets on this game
Coverage: Full Match Commentary will be available on Shakers Player HD. Maurice Dickson and Brian Rigby will be on air from around 11:45am for the game, we'll also have the full game covered via our official Twitter Account (@buryfcofficial) with team news going live just as soon as we receive it, hopefully around 11:10am.
Video interviews with the manager and key players from the game will be live on Shakers Player HD just as soon as our media team get back from London Road, whilst our match report will be live at some point on Saturday evening. Sunday will bring extended highlights on Shakers Player HD as well as goal highlights going live on our YouTube Channel.
The game is also live on Sky Sports 1HD from 11:30 - Set your Sky + Box now!
Previous meetings: Last season brought a fantastic 3-2 win with goals from Leon Clarke, Nathan Cameron and Tom Pope. Click here to watch extended highlights from that game.
Saturday’s game will be the 46th meeting between the two clubs and it’s the Shakers that hold the high ground in terms of victories with 20 wins. Posh have won 14 games with the remaining 11 games finishing all square. Bury have found the back of the net 66 times with Peterborough scoring 55 goals.
The game is the 23rd meeting at London Road with the Posh holding 10 wins, Bury have 6 wins and the remaining 6 games have finished as draws. Bury have scored 25 goals compared to Peterborough's 34 goals.'
If you cannot make it down to the ABAX Stadium tomorrow, don’t forget the match will be shown live in the Pymgate Lounge here at Gigg Lane. Doors open at 11:30am
And finally… if you are travelling down to the ABAX Stadium, please get behind the lads, make plenty of noise – BE LOUD, BE PROUD, BE BURY!
Enjoy the game!