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Preview: Blackburn Rovers v Bury

A look ahead to this evening's game at Ewood Park

3 October 2017

Lee Clark will ring the changes for the second game of this season’s Checkatrade Trophy, though not to the extent that we saw in the first game against Rochdale.

It’s also the chance to players returning from injury to get some valuable game time on the pitch.  Players such as Eoghan O’Connell, Andrew Tutte, Nicky Ajose may appear at some stage of the evening. It’s a night where, for the want of a better word, the Manager can experiment and try a few things with his side, their shape and formation.

Lee Clark called the first outing ‘an embarrassment to the badge’ following a humiliating 4-0 defeat at home, in a local derby game against your nearest rivals.  Now we face another local derby game with a side that we haven’t faced since 1980 – though they are a side that we have met on 80 other occasions before now.

Bury may field a stronger side than expected for this game, with Saturday’s game against Oldham Athletic already called off due to international call-ups.  Lee Clark may use this game to get a performance out of his players.

Blackburn Rovers’ fall down the Leagues brings them into the Checkatrade Trophy.  Last season also brought involvement for them, but as one of the invited Under 23 sides, but they were eliminated at this stage after defeats to Fleetwood and Carlisle and a draw with Oldham.

They had a successful evening in the first game of this season’s competition with a 1-0 victory over Stoke City at Ewood Park last month and will be keen to push on this time against the Shakers.

Should this evening’s game be all square at 90 minutes, both sides will be awarded a point.  The game will then go straight to a penalty shoot-out to decide a winner. The penalty shoot-out will be using the new ABBA system, the winning team will then be awarded an additional point.

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Referee:  Tuesday’s referee is Mr Scott Oldham from Cumbria

So far this season, Scott has taken charge of seven games – showing 12 yellow cards and 1 red card.  His last game was on Sat 23 Sep when he took charge of the EFL Sky Bet League One game between Oxford United and Walsall at the Kassam Stadium.  Walsall won the game 1-0 and one yellow card was shown.

This game will be his first game as match referee involving the Shakers or Blackburn Rovers

Quick Betting Tip:  Bury are 11/2 to win the game whilst Blackburn Rovers are 8/15.  A draw is on offer at 3/1.

Top Ten Tips for the game

  1. Bury to win 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0 – 13/2
  2. Bury to win by exactly two goals – 25/1
  3. Correct score – Blackburn Rovers 0 Bury 2 – 33/1
  4. Correct score – Blackburn Rovers 0  Bury 1 – 14/1
  5. Bury to win from behind – 25/1
  6. First goal inside the first ten minutes – 3/1
  7. Half Time – Blackburn Rovers 1 Bury 1 – 15/2
  8. Half Time – Blackburn Rovers 2 Bury 3 – 250/1
  9. Bury to score two goals in the 1st half – 16/1
  10. Bury to score in the first 10 minutes – 11/1

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We’ve met before:  Tuesday’s game is the 81st competitive meeting between the two sides.  The first time the two sides met was in the 1895/96 season when the two sides met at Blackburn in Division One.  Bury won the game 2-0.

The last time the two clubs met was on 3 May 1980 when the two sides met in the old Third Division, Bury won the game 2-1 at Ewood Park.

Over the years, Bury has won 31 games, with Rovers winning 34 games – the remaining 15 games have finished all square.

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