A look forward to Saturdays EFL Sky Bet League one game at Spotland
Rochdale v Bury
Saturday 14th October 2016 – 3:00pm
EFL Sky Bet League One
Preview: Bury will head to Spotland, looking to get back to winning ways, following last weekend’s defeat at Peterborough United, a defeat that seems to have been costlier than just three points following the injury to Tom Pope.
A charging goalkeeper and a charging striker – one was always going to lose out and, sadly for Bury and Pope, it was the Shakers striker who will now miss around three months of football with three broken ribs and a punctured lung. The injury is more akin to one suffered in a car crash than a competitive game of football.
Pope’s absence though will, obviously, hand chances for others. Hallam Hope or Anthony Dudley are the obvious choices – whilst new addition Ishmael Miller also comes into the reckoning for the game.
A major plus for the Shakers, on Saturday, is the return of Tom Soares and Jacob Mellis to the side. Both sat out last weekend’s game after both collected five yellow cards although, in Soares’ case it was six, but with disciplinary rules changed to suit the Checkatrade Trophy, it all becomes very confusing.
Both players travelled to Peterborough, at their own expense, in order to keep that team spirit alive. Leon Barnett also travelled with the squad as, again, a part of the team the big man wanted to be there to support his team-mates.
Neil Danns and Kelvin Etuhu are also back in amongst the starting eleven, following their own injury woes, whilst much will be made in the media of the gaffer’s good relationship with Keith Hill with whom he worked at Rochdale and Barnsley.
To both managers though, it’s just the next game, the next available three points and that’s all they are interested in. The hype surrounding their relationship isn’t as high as we’ve seen in recent years but the fact that it’s a local keenly fought derby game will be enough for the Shakers supporters to flock to Spotland in their thousands as usual.
That ‘Wall of Noise’ that greets the players following their warm up and as they emerge from the Spotland tunnel is a key factor for David Flitcroft and his staff and the lads certainly used it during last seasons televised FA Cup game at Spotland.
It’s a local derby and absolutely anything can happen, and it usually does. Historically, the Shakers have done well at Spotland and the aim is to extend that history and in a week of local derby games, the Shakers need to get back to winning ways ahead of next week’s other ‘local derby game’.
Matthew Lund is set to return to Rochdale's match day squad on Saturday. The midfielder missed last Saturday's 3-0 win over Southend - Dale's fifth straight League One victory - as he was away on international duty with Northern Ireland.
Ian Henderson is expected to be in contention after sitting out the Southend match because of concussion, while it remains to be seen whether Joe Thompson, who came off early in the contest, will be involved this time. Peter Vincenti (ankle) and Jamie Allen (knee) have been ruled out for four months and two months respectively.
Betting: The Shakers at 23/10 to win the game, whilst Rochdale are 23/20 – you can get a draw at 12/5.
Out top five tips for the game:
1. James Vaughan to score first and Bury win 2-0 - 55/1
2. Bury to win the game – Currently at 23/10
3. Bury to win the game 2-0 - 16/1
4. Bury to win by three - 3/1
5. Hallam Hope to score anytime in the 90 minutes – 5/2
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Coverage: Full Match Commentary will be available on Shakers Player HD. Maurice Dickson and Brian Rigby will be on air from around 2:45pm 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 2pm.
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 Spotland, 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.
Previous meetings: Saturday’s game is the 56th such meeting between the sides with the Shakers slightly in front on terms of wins with 19 victories. Rochdale have won 17 games and the remaining 19 have finished all Square. Bury have scored ten more goals than Rochdale have with a total of 73 goals
As for games at Spotland, of the previous 28 games, Bury have won ten games with Rochdale winning just eight. 10 Games have finished all square. Bury have scored 34 goals compared to Rochdale’s 32 goals
And finally, we have seen and heard that “Wall of Noise” at Spotland in previous years and the lads have asked that you really turn up the volume tomorrow so please get behind the lads, make plenty of noise – BE LOUD, BE PROUD, BE BURY!
Enjoy the game!