All you need to know ahead of Saturdays game with Port Vale
Bury v Port Vale
Saturday 3rd September 2016 – 3:00pm
EFL Sky Bet League One
Preview: Kean Bryan and Tom Walker arrived as Shakers on transfer deadline day and will join James Vaughan as possible 'home debutantes’ ahead of Saturday’s game with Port Vale.
Injuries though, are also causing a few headaches for the management with several key names missing though niggles and knocks. Kelvin Etuhu, Nathan Cameron, Neil Danns, Andrew Tutte and Chris Brown are all considered doubtful with this game coming, seven days, too early for the majority of them. Next weekend will, hopefully, see a shorter workload for Tom Walsh and Paul Morgan in the Carrington medical room.
Last weekend's first half performance disappointed anyone of a 'Bury' persuasion, whilst the second half performance - coupled with the performance throughout the 90 minutes on Tuesday evening, have visibly lifted spirits amongst the fans as well as in and around Carrington.
Whilst performances for a game and a half will have delighted David Flitcroft, that first half showing, at the Banks’s Stadium last weekend, will have alarm bells ringing. Those 45 minutes have been reviewed, dissected and analysed, lessons learnt and plans put into place to prevent such a thing happening again and, hopefully, it’s the last we see of it.
Deadline day has come and gone, with only one departure from Gigg Lane as Nicky Clark returned to his native Scotland with Dunfermline Athletic. In response, in come highly rated Manchester City youngster Kean Bryan and, from the social media response from those that have seen him play for City's Elite Development Squad, we are in for something of a treat. Joining him is Tom Walker who has come through the ranks at Bolton and the goal scoring defender will be on standby to come straight into the squad for Saturday’s game.
A rejuvenated Tom Pope looks like the Tom Pope that Port Vale fans have come to adore over the years and with four goals, thus far, perhaps show that he is the 20 goal a season striker everyone is striving for, is actually already here - and has been for quite a while. Pope, who will certainly have an eye for a goal on Saturday, has certainly put plenty of effort and drive into his recent performances. He is winning new fans in abundance and will continue to do so with the current form he is showing.
Just before the season started, the manager spoke of players leaving. Some fans favourites have gone to pastures new and one comment from the manager was that “it’s time for the fans to select their new heroes” and Zeli Ismail is certainly ahead of the rest in that race at the moment. His raids, down the flanks, last weekend and on Tuesday evening have certainly impressed those that saw his efforts and he's starting to attract more and more followers.
Another player to impress, at Walsall, was Leon Barnett and his first goal for the club started the second half fight-back after the Saddlers raced into a 3-0 lead at the break. He was on hand, again, just minutes later to claim an assist as James Vaughan claimed his first goal for the Shakers and, combined with Tom Pope as the Shakers strike force, the two will pose a threat to defenders right across League One.
Vaughan's arrival does make the Gaffers starting eleven look a little more balanced and his ability to lead, and combine, with his team-mates was plainly evident at the Banks's Stadium.
The first month of the new season has come and gone and the usual ups and downs are back in our lives. Progress has been made with the squad, injuries may still be a problem but there is still enough in the squad to make the second month of the season as progressive as the first.
Paulo Tavares is a fresh injury concern for Vale boss Bruno Ribeiro. The midfielder was forced off with an injury, early on, in the league win against Scunthorpe and he also missed the midweek victory against Derby in the EFL Trophy. It remains to be seen whether he will be fit in time for Saturday. “Kiko” made his return from an achilles problem on Tuesday night and he will hope to be involved again. Riberio could add goalkeeper Miguel Santos and winger Gezim Shalaj to his squad after signing the duo ahead of the transfer deadline.
Betting: Bury are favourites with Sky Bet at 23/20 to pick up three points at home to Port Vale as they bid to follow up the 4-1 midweek Checkatrade Cup victory over Morecambe.
Tom Pope grabbed a brace in that match and he is 9/2 to open the scoring and 2/1 in the anytime market.
Vale have won four out of five in recent outings but all of those were at home and can be backed here at 9/4 with the draw on offer at 12/5.
Five top tips:
1. Tom Pope first goal and a 3-0 win - 80/1
2. Bury 3 Port Vale 0 - 20/1
3. Bury to win by three goals or more - 11/1
4. First or last goal scorer - Tom Pope - 11/1
5. James Vaughan and Tom Pope to both score - 17/2
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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. 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). Team news will go live across all our Social Media platforms from around 2pm.
Later, on Saturday evening, we’ll have our match report together with match action photos from our new club photographer Ross Cooke, video interviews with the manager and a key player from the game.
Sunday will 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.
Programme: The new-look match day programme will be on sale in and around the ground from around 1pm on Saturday so make sure you grab your copy.
Tickets: Category B Prices apply for this game – Click here for all ticket prices
Cash turnstiles will be open from around 1:45pm. You do not need to buy a ticket before entering the ground. Away supporters, paying on the day, can pay directly at the turnstiles using cash only.
Previous meetings: Saturday’s game is the 75th meeting between the two sides. Bury hold the lion’s share of victories with 29 wins, whilst Port Vale have won 24 games. The remaining 21 games have finished all square. In terms of goals, Bury have scored 102 times, whilst the Valiants have found the back of the net on 84 occasions.
As for games at Gigg Lane, Saturday’s game is the 38th meeting on home soil and Bury have a huge 21 wins compared to Port Vale’s seven whilst the remaining nine games finished all square. Port Vale have scored 34 goals at Gigg Lane compared to Bury’s 69 goals.
Please get behind the lads, make plenty of noise – BE LOUD, BE PROUD, BE BURY!
Enjoy the game!