All you need to know ahead of Saturdays trip to Swindon Town
Swindon Town v Bury
Saturday 17th September 2016 – 3:00pm
EFL Sky Bet League One
Preview: The Shakers team bus left Carrington for Wiltshire this morning with a confident and happy squad heading to the County Ground, looking for a fourth straight win, in an unbeaten run that now stretches to four games.
The team spirit, within the squad, was evident in abundance last weekend when, reduced to ten men following James Vaughan's unfair dismissal, the lads looked the only side looking to win the game.
With Vaughan missing, through serving his one game ban, manager Dave Flitcroft has a small but enjoyable problem to mull over, which is, who plays alongside Tom Pope? Whilst options are available to him in the shape and form of Hallam Hope, there are always the additional options with Anthony Dudley and George Miller.
Both youngsters topped the Youth team goal scoring charts in their respective final years as scholars and both youngsters are keen to get involved. One, Antony Dudley, is ready and raring to go following his appearance against Morecambe in the EFL Trophy – whilst the other, George Miller, is now fit and available following an ankle injury.
Elsewhere, there’s slim chance of any changes to the side. Form is paramount and current performances from the lads over the last few games have warranted them staying in the side.
Whilst none of the Shakers' injured players are quite yet ready to return, there is light at the end of the tunnel for some of them on their comeback trail.
Midfield duo Andrew Tutte (hamstring) and Neil Danns (foot) are both penciled to appear in a behind-closed-doors friendly on Monday as they near their returns and they could be in contention sooner rather than later.
Defender Nathan Cameron is waiting on the verdict of a knee surgeon whilst Chris Brown and Kelvin Etuhu are still missing with their own knee problems.
Swindon will be without suspended duo Lawrence Vigouroux and Lloyd Jones for the visit of Bury. Goalkeeper Vigouroux and defender Jones were both sent off in their 2 – 0 derby defeat at Oxford United last Saturday.
Forward Jonathan Obika returned from a groin problem in that match as a second-half substitute and he could feature whilst former Shakers loanee Nathan Delfouneso came off the bench to score in Tuesday's Checkatrade Trophy victory over Chelsea under-23’s and could play some part once again.
A vital part of the current Bury squad is ‘team spirit’, and it’s there in abundance as Tom Pope revealed this week by saying “the togetherness in this squad, now, is probably one of the best that I have ever been involved with and that’s showing on the pitch.”
A rare Danny Mayor header gave the Shakers a 1-0 victory last season and something along those lines would be most welcome on Saturday.
Betting: Bury are on a real roll following a slightly sticky start to the season and are priced at 8/5 to pick up their fourth win of the season from Saturday’s trip to Swindon Town.
The Robins are 13/8 for the home win, while the draw is a 12/5 chance. The correct score market is topped by 1-1 at 5/1, while a repeat of the 1-0 triumph the Shakers enjoyed in this fixture last term can be backed at 8/1.
Bury’s Tom Pope is 11/2 to be the game’s first goalscorer and he tops the market alongside home hitman Jonathan Obika.
To Five Tips for Saturday’s game:
1. Swindon Town 0 Bury 2 – 11/1
2. Tom Pope to score first – 11/2
3. Tom Pope first goal and a 2-0 win 45/1
4. Tom Pope to score anytime – 15/8
5. Swindon not to score – 9/4
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Referee: Saturday's referee is Charles Breakspear from Surrey. Since his appointment to the Football League list ahead of the 2012-13 season, Charles has taken charge of 62 games - showing 232 Yellow cards and 20 Red cards along the way. His last game was on Saturday 10th September when he took charge of the EFL Sky Bet League Two game between Yeovil Town and Hartlepool United. Hartlepool won the game 2-1 and five yellow cards were shown. Last season Charles took charge of 29 games, showing 39 Yellow cards and two Red cards.
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). Team news from the game will be posted just as soon as we have it via Social Media (Twitter, Facebook and Instagram). Our match report, as well as video interviews with the manager and key players from the game will be live on Shakers Player HD as soon as our media staff are back from the game. Sunday lunchtime will bring extended highlights on Shakers Player HD with goal highlights going live on our YouTube Channel.
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Previous meetings: Saturday’s game is the 47th meeting between Swindon Town and Bury. The Robins hold the lions share in terms of victories with 20 wins, Bury have won 14 games and the remaining 12 games have finished all square. As for goals, Swindon have scored 56 with Bury finding the back of the net of 45 occasions. 23 games have been played at the County Ground with Swindon winning 13 games, Bury have won just five games - including last season’s 1-0 win - and the remaining five games have been draws. Bury have scored 17 times at Swindon with the hosts scoring 39 times.
plenty of noise again please from those travelling down to Wiltshire – Be Loud – Be Proud – Be Bury!
Enjoy the game!