A look ahead to Saturdays EFL Sky Bet League One game with Scunthorpe United
Scunthorpe United v Bury
Saturday 7 January 2017 – 3:00pm
EFL Sky Bet League One
Preview: This game just shows how quickly things can change in football. When both sides last met, at the beginning of October, the game was billed as a top of the table clash, Then League leaders Scunthorpe arrived at an in-form Bury, who sat in second place, with the winners of the game poised to top the table.
Looking back now – it was the start of this horrendous run and now we find the Shakers sitting just above the relegation zone and desperately seeking that win to stop this run dead.
Injuries, the main cause of the problem, to key players that were so successful during September have devastated the Shakers squad although, from the latest Chris Brass interview, we may see one – or more – back in the squad for the weekend visit to Glanford Park. Which players will return though is being kept very close to Brassy’s chest until the team news is announced around 2pm on Saturday.
One of the biggest talking points, from a Bury perspective, at the moment is the form of four youngsters; Scott Burgess, George Miller, Jacob Bedeau and Callum Styles and even have the national newspapers talking about the quartet, though most seem intent on selling the Shakers assets to the first bidder.
A large part of the Chairman’s plan is coming to fruition with players coming through the academy system and into the first team. The Shakers are now finding themselves being looked at by many clubs for, what appears to be, a highly successful Youth and Academy system.
It’s very pleasing to the ears when you hear the crowd signing “He’s one of our own” and perhaps some of our older supporters will know if they sang the same song back in the 60’s and 70’s for Colin Bell, and in later years Terry McDermott and the rest that followed. David Nugent, Simon Whaley, David Buchanan, Colin Kazim-Richards and Nicky Adams – just some of the names that have followed Colin and Terry through the Youth ranks in recent times – but get past those four names and you start to struggle to come up with names of players that have gone on to forge a career in the game.
Many clubs are casting an envious eye at what happened to Charlton Athletic this week – who sold a product of their own academy for a whopping £11 million! So, what price on the Shakers protégée’s? And the best part of the whole process is that the coaching staff believe there is better to come through the system, they may be a few years off now, but they are steam rollering their way through right now and their names will roll of tongues soon...
Since their 2-1 win back in September, at Gigg Lane, Scunthorpe have gone on from strength to strength. Rarely out of the top three places in League One, The Iron are having a good season. For a small change in fortune, it could have been a similar story for Bury but those aforementioned injuries and suspensions have had a large part to play on the story of Bury’s season – and it’s far from over yet.
Following a busy afternoon in the transfer/loan markets, Chris Brass could hand debut’s to two players and a second debut to Reece Brown. Taylor Moore and Cameron Burgess as well as Brown are all included in the squad that travels to Glanford Park.
Betting: Bury are 5/1 outsiders with Sky Bet to win Saturday’s clash at high-flying Scunthorpe, with the hosts 8/15 and the draw available at 16/5. The Shakers are 13/2 to win 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1 in the correct score group betting, 7/1 to win by exactly one goal and 11/1 to win to nil, while both teams to score is 8/11 and not to evens. Bury are 100/30 draw no bet, while James Vaughan is 7/1 to open the scoring and 9/4 to score at anytime..
Top Five Tips
1. James Vaughan to score the first goal of the game – 7/1
2. James Vaughan goal and a 1-0 win - 80/1
3. Bury to win the game 11/2
4. Final Score 0-1 – 7/1
5. Bury top score in the first ten minutes – 11/1
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Referee: Saturday’s referee is Mr Eddie Ilderton from the Tyne & Wear. This season Eddie has taken charge of just three games – showing 10 yellow cards and two red cards. His last game was on 31st December when he took charge of the League Two game between Crewe and Accrington Stanley.
Accrington won the game 1-0 and two yellow cards were shown.
Eddie’s last game involving the Shakers was the very first game of last season and a 1-1 draw at Doncaster Rovers, thanks to two of the weirdest goals we are likely to see. Two yellow cards were shown during the game.
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.
Ticket and Travel: It’s pay on the day only at Scunthorpe – no tickets are available from Gigg Lane – Click here for full details
Finally...plenty of noise, again, please from those travelling to Glanford Park – Be Loud – Be Proud – Be Bury!
Enjoy the game!