The Shakers head to Bloomfield Road in a confident mood following Saturday’s 3-1 win v Bradford City, and from going a goal down in the early stages. Though two goals in the space of a minute worked wonders in transforming the fortunes of the side, the result and performance has brought those confidence levels back to near where they should be.
Saturday’s result should send a warning to the rest of the league that we are finally where the pre-season hype had us. Firing on all cylinders, winning games and putting teams to the sword. Hopefully, Saturday’s result – and the result at Blackburn last week - has set the fire burning in their bellies.
Tom Aldred for one will be keen to impress against his former employers this evening. His departure from Blackpool was the worst kept secret in football, joining Bury the day before pre-season actually started. The former skipper, whose last act as a Blackpool player was lifting the Play-Off winning trophy, should get a decent reception as he makes his first return to Bloomfield Road.
Nathan Cameron, Craig Jones, Danny Mayor and Stephen Dawson remain on the injury list whilst Lee Clark has a plethora of players to fill up the 18-man squad. Chris Humphrey was replaced early on Saturday and may miss out
Chris Humphrey was replaced early on Saturday and may miss out with Saturday’s game at Southend United in mind. Options are available to fill the void should he miss the game.
Michael Smith's work rate, running, hold up play, clever flicks, and performances, in general, have been excellent. Goals added to his work rate will increase his confidence.
Blackpool boss Gary Bowyer could make changes for his side's Sky Bet League One clash with Bury this evening. Armand Gnanduillet is set to increase the Seasiders' options up front provided he passes a late test on a thigh injury.
Viv Solomon-Otabor will also hope to have earned a start after coming off the bench to score the equaliser at Walsall on Saturday. Jim McAlister continues to close in on a first-team return after resuming full training following a leg break.
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We've met before: Sat 31 October 2015 – Bury 4 Blackpool 3
Bury climbed into the League One play-off places after beating Blackpool.
A brace from Danny Rose gave the Shakers an early 2-0 lead but the visitors replied when keeper Daniel Bachmann miscontrolled a backpass, allowing Mark Cullen a tap-in.
Chris Hussey and Tom Soares made it 4-1 before Clark Robertson headed home to reduce the arrears before the break.
Jack Redshaw scored a late penalty after Danny Pugh was adjudged to have pulled back Martin Paterson.
Bury's first win in five lifts them up one place to sixth in the table, while Blackpool are one point above the bottom four.
Bury manager David Flitcroft told BBC Radio Manchester:
"We knew they were a form team in the league, we knew they were coming here full of confidence.
"What I wanted them to feel was the force of us first half and what we're about, some real aggression and dynamic running, and we got that a million percent.
"I wanted a fast, hard, strong start and we got that, and I think it sort of blew them away.
"The most disappointing part, in what was nearly 100 minutes in the end, was their second goal just before half-time. If they'd been three down, I think there'd have been no recovery."
Referee: This evening’s referee is Mr Anthony Backhouse from Cumbria
So far this season, Anthony has taken charge of 12 games – showing 36 yellow cards and five red cards. His last game was on Saturday 7 October when he took charge of the EFL Sky Bet League Two game between Morecambe & Crawley. Crawley won the game 1-0 with four yellow cards and one red card shown.
His last game involving the Shakers was last month when he took charge of the 0-0 draw with Plymouth Argyle at the Energy Check Stadium at Gigg Lane. The game finished 0-0 and two yellow cards were shown.
Quick Betting Tip: Bury are 100/30 to win the game whilst Blackpool are 4/5. A draw is on offer at 13/5
Top Ten Tips for the game:
- Bury to win 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0 – 15/8
- Michael Smith first goal of the game and a 2-0 Bury win – 120/1
- Chris Humphrey first goal of the game and a 1-0 Bury win – 160/1
- Bury to win by exactly two goals – 16/1
- Bury to win and both teams to score – 7/1
- Correct score only – Blackpool 0 Bury 3- 50/1
- 1st Goal – Beckford – 5/1
- Last goal – Maguire – 8/1
- To score a hat-trick – Jermaine Beckford – 66/1
- To score in 90 minutes – Michael Smith – 11/4
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Head to Head: This evening's game is the 62nd such meeting between the two sides. Of the previous 61 games, Bury have won 27 with Blackpool winning 19 games. The remaining 15 games have finished all square.
During these 61 games, the Shakers have scored 89 goals against the Seasiders, whilst they have managed to find the back of the net on 91 occasions. Bury’s best result against Blackpool was a 5-0 win at Gigg Lane in the 99/00 season, whilst they can boast a 6-0 victory back in the 68/69 season.